Quick summary: In this activity students investigate what physical features animals might need to help them adapt to climate change. Students look at an animal that is local to their area, and compare it to other similar animals in other parts of Australia and the world. They select adaptations from these similar animals that they believe would help their animal cope with climate change. Students present their ideas to the class.
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- Students understand that animals have evolved physical features that help them survive in their habitat.
- Students understand that similar animals in different habitats have developed different adaptations according to the needs of their habitat.
- Students recognise that climate change may alter habitats.
- Students recognise that changes to habitats can affect that animals that live in those habitats.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ICT capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
- With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS086)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
- Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-4WS, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW, ST3-9ES.
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion, oversee activity and presentations
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, drawing materials, or computer-based image editing or creating programs (e.g. Photoshop).
Digital technology opportunities: PowerPoint or Prezi, digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Climate change, animals, adaptation, physical features, local, global.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.