Plant and Animal Adaptations Unit Plan
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Plant and Animal Adaptations Unit Plan


8 x Lessons


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.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Introduction to Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the concepts of adaptation, evolution and genetic mutation.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Structural Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the structural adaptations of plants and animals.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Behavioural Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the behavioural adaptations of plants and animals.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Physiological Adaptations

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the physiological adaptations of plants and animals.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Blubber Me Experiment

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how blubber works as an insulator.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Animal Adaptations Inquiry Task - Introduction

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Animal Adaptations Inquiry Task - Researching

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Animal Adaptations Inquiry Task - Presenting

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of animal adaptations through inquiry-based research.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Science > Year 5 > Science Understanding > Biological sciences > ACSSU043
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

Science > Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > ACSHE081
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > ACSIS093
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS218
Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and predicting > ACSIS231
With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS090
Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS087
Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate