What types of characteristics/adaptations have Australian animals developed to survive in their natural environment?

This is our BIG QUESTION which we will be researching over the next week.  The blue words are our INQUIRY KEYS and the green words are our topic words.  The red words are our question words.

Today you will be using an ACTION PLANNER to organise HOW YOU WILL DO YOUR FINDING OUT and to give different team members specific JOBS.

FINDING OUT – your will write the facts you find out on your X-CHART using dot points.  Remember to say what your SOURCES are.

Enjoy this fun part of your inquiry.

Mrs Veary 🙂


These are some places you can visit to do your FINDING OUT for your BIG QUESTION.

1.  ABC – OUR ANIMALS  This has lots of good information on Australian Animals which is quite easy to read. You will have to look through the videos to find one suitable about your animal. You can also search ABC Education for “feathers, fur and fins” for more animals.

2.  KIDSCYBER – ANIMALS  Look for your animal in the list.  It also has a good explanation of what ADAPTATION means for animal life.

3.  WILD KIDS – ANIMALS from Australian Museum (some good pictures here) and the main site where you choose your category of animal AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM – ANIMALS

4.  FACT SHEETS from Perth Zoo  (we have printouts for you to use)

5.  FACT SHEETS from Australia Zoo (we have printouts for you to use)

6. ANIMAL e-books -We have two sets and you can find them in our share drive.  Go to: 2022 student folders/AAA-e-books on Australian animals. Then copy the folder you want to use and paste it into your own folder to read!

Big Question Thinking

As we come to the end of our Spinning in Space inquiry, we need to think about what we have learned about living on our amazing planet – Planet Earth!

What makes it the only known planet in our solar system with life on it? What are the special conditions on Earth that allow life to flourish?

What are the problems facing our planet and its environment?

What can each one of us do to protect our planet into the future?

You have already started working on your booklets, and you now have a Global Goal to focus your research on.  Here are some websites to help you with your research into the PROBLEMS facing Planet Earth or Threats to our environment.  

Some websites you can use for your research:

  1. 13 Incredibly Lucky Earth Facts website
  2.  What’s Climate Change? (for kids) website
  3. Global Goal #14 – Life Below Water facts
  4. Global Goal #15 – Life on Land facts
  5. Global Goal #15 – Life on Land infographic with ideas

You will be using these facts to create a poster to share what you have found out? and the SO WHAT can we do?  Remember Global Goals #14 and #15 are all about Life on Earth, on Land and Below Water.  

Mrs Veary 😎


Now that we have:

  • chosen the Global Goal we want to tell people about, and
  • researched facts and statistics to convince people why they should act

we are going to work out ACTIONS PEOPLE CAN TAKE to help.

Then we will plan our POSTERS using our booklet with the criteria.

First you need to develop a SLOGAN for your poster.  We will be discussing that today.

Here are a few examples of posters for you to look at.  You need to remember that you have to have all of the criteria so you need to notice what each of these examples uses.

1.What is each poster trying to convince us of?

2. What is each poster asking us to do to help?

3.  Does it have a slogan?

4. What have they done to convince us?

5. What do you notice about their choice of images and use of colour?

6.  What fonts look best?


I was really impressed with the quality of your work when groups presented this week.  I could see what you had learned about different countries’ celebrations and the effort you had gone to in creating a poster to display your learning!  Best of all was the TEAMWORK that we saw!  Great job everybody!   🙂

Just to show you how great your posters looked, here are your team presentation photos.  Enjoy!  Mrs Veary

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