Plant and Animal Adaptations Unit Plan

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8 x lessons | Suitable for years: 5 - 6

This Science unit addresses the concept of plant and animal adaptations.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An inquiry-based research task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.

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  • Megan Dalton

    There are some errors in this unit - Eg it says that blubber on a penguin is a structural adaptation. As it's internal, it's actually physiological. Similarly, it refers to camouflage as a behavioural adaptation - it can be but it's far more frequently a structural adaptation (eg a stick insect already looks like a stick)

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      Hi there Megan. Thank you for your feedback. After conducting further research, I found several sources supporting the claim that blubber is a structural (physical) adaptation. Further research has also suggested that, as you rightly point out, camouflage is in most cases a structural adaptation (whereas mimicry is behavioural). I appreciate your feedback and will ensure the resources in question are updated in due course. Have a lovely day!