- Literacy: information reports on animals. This could be presented as an oral presentation or students could make an information report book.
- Science: adaptations (describe relationships that assist the survival of living things; analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments.)
- STEM: follow the engineering design process to design a technology based on an animal adaptation (biomimicry): identify a need; research; develop possible solutions; select a promising solution; create; test/evaluation; redesign as needed.
Introduce adaptations as features or characteristics of plants or animals that help them to survive in their environment.
Watch the following video about frogs and discuss the adaptations described in the video. Students could do a labelled diagram of a frog to identify adaptations. Video reference: http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/2519447/all-about-frogs
Types of adaptations
Bird Beak Adaptations
Resource: Bird beak types
Websites students could use to research examples of biomimicry.
STEM Biomimicry lesson plans
Engineering Design Process for students to follow, to create their own technology inspired by nature.
Live animal hire and biology science kits in Adelaide: https://www.nature.sa.edu.au/
Primary Connections Resources: available free via Scootle for teachers in Australia
- Biological Science: Yr 3 Feathers_fur_or_leaves (lessons about living and non-living things)
- Biological Science: Yr 5 desert_survivors (lessons about adaptations)
Cross-curriculum connections and student engagement
Students researched an animal and created a collage of their habitat.
Oral Presentation- Class set-up, Self Reflection and PowerPoint Example