Information for Teachers
Australian Science Standards
BS (ACSSU43) Adaptations of living things for particular environments
GS (ACHASSK113) The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them
DT (ACTDEK022) The impact of the use of materials, components, tools and equipment can be evaluated
UIS (ACSHE083) How decisions are made to grow particular plants and crops depending on environmental conditions
New Zealand Science Achievement Objectives
LW: The key structural features and functions to the life processes of plants and animals
LW: Patterns in the inheritance of genetic characteristics
You may want to direct your students to websites to help with their investigations.
Students can search for:
- definitions and images of high mountainous places
- descriptions of Indigenous high altitude groups of people
- descriptions of high altitude plants and animals.
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 High Up, you may have many questions about how some people have adapted to living in high places.
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. What physical conditions are characteristic of high altitude places?
Q2. How have some groups adapted to high altitude conditions?
Q3. How do people in these places use local animals and plants?
Q4. What are the health risks when people unused to these conditions visit these places for the first time?
Q5. What inventions and technologies enable people to survive in high altitudes?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 High Up
(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.
What physical conditions are characteristic of high altitude places?
How have some people used animals and plants to survive in these places?
What other things now help these groups survive?
2. Search for other patterns.
What are the health risks when people unused to these conditions visit these places for the first time?
What inventions and technologies enable people to visit high altitudes?
What environmental problems do the increasing numbers of visitors to these high places cause?
3. Makes notes about what you find.
Go to Part 5 Communicate and share ideas →