Differences and similarities

Students will understand that different animals look different, move differently and even eat different things, but may not have consciously linked these characteristics to survival of each of these creatures. 

The focus of this lesson is to spark students’ interest, stimulate their curiosity, raise questions for inquiry and gain an understanding about the external features of a range of familiar animals. These existing ideas can then be taken account of in future lessons.

During the lesson students will have the opportunity to:

  • explore and make observations about a range of animals
  • discuss the different purposes of a range of external features
  • explore the differences and similarities between a range of animals.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
  • Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)
  • Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS027)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS029)