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Adaptations of Living Things

Adaptations are structural, behavioural and functional changes over many generations.

  • ST3-4LW-S Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things. 
  • ST3-1WS-S Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summaries data to communicate conclusions.
  • ST3-2DP-T Plans and uses materials, tools, and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity.
  • Literacy capability 
  • Numeracy capability 
  • Information and Communication Technology capability 
  • Critical and Creative Thinking capability 
  • Personal and Social capability 
  • Ethical Understanding capability 
  • Intercultural Understanding capability. 

What Are Adaptations?

A variety of adaptation information and examples can be found on the National Geographic website:

Further reading about burrowing behaviour:

For an online game about the evolution of bird adaptations:

Plant Adaptations

Background reading on animal adaptations to fire:

Adaptations in a Changing World

Join Climate Watch with your class and help monitor changes to the behaviour of plants and animals. There are several teacher resources.

Get your students involved in Bush Blitz

Useful websites for teaching about a changing world:

Climate change outdoor classroom games: