Adaptations of Camelids

Adaptations of Camelids

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  • Cool+
  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will explore how particular structural features and behaviours of camelids enable their survival in harsh environments. Students will investigate the significance of these animals to the people and communities they live alongside.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand how the structural, physiological and behavioural features of camels and their relatives enable their survival in harsh environments, as well as explore how they enable humans to thrive in these environments.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • define adaptations and outline the three types of adaptations
  • list the adaptations of camels and other camelids
  • outline how the adaptations of camelids allow them and humans to thrive in harsh environments

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • curiosity
  • problem solving

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: Year 5 & 6 Science

  • examine how particular structural features and behaviours of living things enable their survival in specific habitats (AC9S5U01).

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 achievement standards: Students can explain how the form and behaviour of living things enables survival. 

NSW Syllabus outcomes: ST3-4LW-S

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 14: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • Target 15.1: By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements.

Resources Required

  • Device capable of displaying audio-visual material
  • Camel Adaptations experiment sheet
  • High-sided plastic tub
  • Sand or other fine particles such as flour or dry soil
  • 8 x empty soft drink bottles (4 with their lids)
  • Tape
  • Camel head template (to bring life to your camel legs!)

Additional Info

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - some explicit teaching may be required, facilitation of research, discussion and running an experiment.

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