Information for Teachers
Australian Science Standards
BS (ACSSU44) Living things can be grouped on basis of observable features and distinguished from non-living things
BS (ACSSU44) Characteristics of living things such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing
BS (ACSSU44) Range of different living things
New Zealand Science Achievement Objectives
LW: There are life processes common to all living things and that these occur in different ways
LW: How living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes, both natural and human-induced
LW: Plants, animals, and other living things can be grouped into science-based classifications
How to search the internet
1 Keep your request short
Fewer words will give a more accurate search.
2 Choose exactly what you want
For example: Arctic Circle Climate
3 Use quotes
Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”
4 Use the plus sign (+)
If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal
5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want
Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search, –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.
6 Be very clear about what you don’t want
Ask questions and make predictions
After reading Animal Parents, you may have many questions about the different ways animals raise their young.
List your questions
- Compare your list with questions that others have.
- Choose a question you would like to investigate.
- You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.
You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate
Q1. How do some animals raise their young by themselves?
Q2. How do some parents share the raising of their young?
Q3. How do some animals share parenting across an extended family or group?
Q4. How do some animals behave so that their young can care for themselves straight away?Go to Part 2 Plan and investigate →
Plan and investigate
Do searches in the internet or in books or talk to people who can help to find the information you are looking for.
Your teacher may suggest suitable websites for further information.Go to Part 3 Record and analyse data →
Record and analyse data
Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.
Data Chart for Animal Parents
(Download and change to suit your information)
Go to Part 4 Evaluate the information →
Evaluate the information
1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.
How do some animals raise young by themselves?
How do some parents share the raising of their young?
How do some animals share parenting across an extended family or group?
How do some animals behave so that their young can care for themselves straight away?
2. Search for other patterns.
What does the parent do to try to make sure their young can survive and grow?
What might happen if there was no food for them?
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Communicate and share ideas →