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Uncovering adaptations at Deep Creek

Deep Creek Education Centre
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Plants and animals have adaptations that help them to better survive in the habitat they live in. Adaptations can be defined as either structural, behavioural or reproductive.

The development of these special features is the result of evolution. The theory of adaptation was proposed by Charles Darwin and states that an organism that is able to adapt to the changing environment will survive, the rest will perish.

Note:

  • Maximum number of students for this program is 50 per day.

Key Learning Question

What adaptations do animals have that help them to survive in their environments?


Learning Intentions

In this program, students will:

  • Define the term adaptation, habitat and lifecycle.
  • Identify the structural, behavioural and reproductive adaptations of leaf insects, lizards, frogs and a range of plants.

Activities

Students will:

  • Explore the Spiny Leaf Insect’s features and how this organism is adapted to its environment.
  • Compare the differences between the oviparous and viviparous reproduction of lizards.
  • Investigate the lifecycle and adaptations of a frog.
  • Explore a wide variety of plants and their unique adaptations.

Learn Online

Ecolinc Learn Online is a virtual outreach learning management system (LMS) offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called Spotlight on Survival or the post learning course It’s a match.


Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)