Middle (Years 6 – 9)

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Vulnerable wildlife 

Learn about the conservation status of Australian wildlife, from common to extinct. 

Themes: conservation, sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • Australian wildlife has adapted to exist in balance with the natural world
  • threats to wildlife create imbalance in natural systems
  • we can reduce our impact on natural systems and wildlife 
  • we can assist in environmental conservation and help reduce the rate of species loss.

Animal adaptations

Examine the adaptations which allow animals to survive in a range of Australian habitats. 

Themes: sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • environmental stability is influenced by systems, cycles, and the interconnectedness within ecosystems 
  • animals have different forms and functions to survive Australian environments
  • environmental changes lead to adaptations in animal structure and function
  • we all have a role in caring for the environments that support our animals. 

Animal adaptations - arid environment 

Examine the adaptations of both flora and fauna in Australia’s desert ecosystems, where water availability is unpredictable.

Themes: sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • environmental stability is influenced by systems, cycles, and the interconnectedness within ecosystems 
  • animals have different forms and functions to survive arid and semi-arid environments
  • environmental changes lead to adaptations in animal structure and function
  • we all have a role in caring for arid and semi-arid environments.

Animal classification - mammals 

Discover some of Australia’s unique mammals, and their common and differentiating features. 

Themes: conservation and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • all mammals share similar features
  • mammals possess particular forms and functions to help them survive
  • mammals are grouped based on their manner of reproduction
  • we can care for the environments that support our animals. 

Animal classification - birds of Adelaide

Examine how the bird species of the Adelaide Plains and Mt Lofty Ranges have adapted to local habitats, and understand their role in a balanced ecosystem. 

Themes: conservation, sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • birds can be classified into different groups according to their adaptations
  • to survive in diverse environments, birds have different forms and behaviours
  • birds are an integral component of balanced ecosystems
  • we all have a role in conserving habitat that supports birds. 

Animal classification - reptiles 

Study reptile features and learn how these can be used to classify them. Investigate the role reptiles play in ecosystems, and threats to their survival. 

Themes: conservation and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • reptiles have adapted to meet their needs for survival
  • reptiles are a part of healthy ecosystems
  • all reptiles can be classified into groups according to their features. 

To find out more, or if you want a Learning program on a topic not included in the list, talk to the Cleland Education Officer.

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