Stage 4: Classification and Adaptations

Stage 4: Classification and Adaptations

Overview

In this workshop, students will investigate why classification is so important and how scientists group living things. They will draw connections between the structure and function of different animal groups to their classification, survival and reproduction. Through intimate animal encounters and keen observation, students will discover some amazing adaptations that give wildlife the edge for survival.

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning Habitat ClassroomsSeminar Rooms or Lecture Theatre at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At school

Explore the 7 characteristics of living things and how scientists group the millions of species found on Earth. Watch videos to discover how animals survive in extreme environments, and investigate the behavioural and structural adaptations of a variety of native Australian animals. 

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Investigate enclosure designs and how they relate to the adaptations of the animals in them. Identify the common characteristics of the different Classes of animals and take photos of animals and their enclosures. Meet some Australian animals, identifying adaptations each has for it's environment. In this workshop, meet some Australian animals, identifying adaptations each has for it's environment. Discover the characteristics that help us to classify each of the animals. Learn how changes to animal habitats can have a significant impact on the species survival.

Outcomes

Stage 4

  • SC4-14LW relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction
  • ST4-15LW explains how new biological evidence changes people's understanding of the world
  • SC4-8WS selects and uses appropriate strategies, understanding and skills to produce creative and plausible solutions to identified problems