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.
- 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.
- 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
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- problem solving
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
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
UN Sustainable Development Goals
- 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.
- 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)
- Camel head template (to bring life to your camel legs!)
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.