Information for Teachers
Australian Science Standards
BS (ACSSU73) Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive
BS (ACSSU73) Interactions between living things may be competitive or mutually beneficial
New Zealand Science Achievement Objectives
LW: The key structural features and functions involved in the life processes of plants and animals
LW: The interdependence of living things in an ecosystem
You may want to direct your students to some or all of these websites to help with their investigations.
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 Amazing Animal Survivors, you may have many questions about animal survival.
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. Choose two or three very different habitats and find some animals that live there. Compare what these animals have to do to survive in these different environments.
Q2. Animals that live in very harsh places must gain some benefits from their difficult lives. Choose a few animals and list the advantages they gain from living in harsh environments.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 comparing animalsDownload Chart
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 have these animals adapted to live in that environment?
How are they different from similar animals that live in very different environments?
2. Search for other patterns.
Do these animals hibernate or migrate? Why?
What might happen if logging, farming, or building roads changes the environment?
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Communicate and share ideas →