Survival - ScienceWeb

Survival - ScienceWeb
Publication Date: January, 2013
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

This online resource is a 5-lesson unit of work teaching students about the adaptations of plants and animals in desert and semi-arid regions.

The unit includes discussions, individual work, group tasks, and an investigation to develop an understanding of behavioural and structural adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive. Students design and conduct their own investigation using an investigation planner.

Additional Information

This unit is suitable for Australian Curriculum content for both Year 5 and 6 students, and suits composite Year 5/6 classes or straight year levels. The unit comprises activities for at least 5 lessons, plus ideas and weblinks for extension activities or further explanation. Extra time for research may be necessary. There are also opportunities to develop the following General Capabilities:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking (Imagine possibilities and connect ideas, Pose questions, Organise and process information)
  • Literacy (Compose spoken, written, visual and multimodal learning area texts, Deliver presentations, interpret and analyse learning area texts).

The following Cross Curriculum Priorities are also embedded in the tasks:

  • Sustainability—Systems
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures—Culture
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations... > ACSIS093
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations > ACSIS091
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and... > ACSIS087
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer... > ACSIS086
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to... > ACSIS090
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific... > ACSIS231
  • Year 5 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to... > ACSSU043
  • Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and... > ACSHE217
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations... > ACSIS110
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations > ACSIS108
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and... > ACSIS104
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer... > ACSIS103
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to... > ACSIS107
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific... > ACSIS232
  • Year 6 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and... > ACSHE220