Year 7 Threatened species project

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Learning Intention: Students will understand that all living organisms have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.

Success criteria: Students will complete a project, presented as a video, slideshow, poster or other multimedia artifact, that demonstrates their understanding of the structural, functional and behavioural characteristics of a chosen local, threatened animal species.

So far we have looked at a range of living organisms and the characteristics that we use to classify them. All organisms have structural and functional features and behaviors that assist them to survive. To get nutrition, avoid predators and undergo reproduction, all organisms have evolved over many generations to survive in their particular environment. Your task is to chose from one of the following species that lives in and around the Victorian Volcanic Plains and research the ways they have survived and what now threatens their survival:

  • Golden sun moth
  • Glenelg spiny crayfish
  • Red-tailed black cockatoo
  • White-bellied Sea-eagle
  • Orange bellied parrot
  • Brolga
  • Malleefowl
  • Helmeted honeyeater
  • Regent honeyeater
  • Corangamite skink
  • Growling Grass frog
  • Striped Legless Lizard
  • Grasslands earless dragon
  • Carpet python
  • Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby
  • Eastern Barred Bandicoot
  • Humpback Whale
  • Southern Right Whale

This page from the DSE has a list of the action statements for threatened species across Victoria. Download the document relevant to your choice of animal and make sure to note the following information for your project:

  • Structural features (Physical characteristics e.g. scales, fur or feathers? Fins or claws?)
  • Functional features (How does the animal work? Does it have any special ways of saving water, lying dormant over winter or saving energy?)
  • Behavioural features (What the animal does to find food, escape predators or find a mate and reproduce?)
  • Habitat (Where does it live? Underwater or on land? Desert or forest?)
  • Threats to it’s survival – Habitat destruction, Introduced species, Pollution, Over-harvesting?)
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About brittgow

I am a Science and Maths teacher at a small rural school in western Victoria, Australia. I live on a sheep property with my husband and two children, who also attend Hawkesdale P12 College. I am passionate about education for sustainability, indigenous flora and fauna and love teaching!

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