I’ve been fleeced

Animals have a range of adaptations that protect them against the weather. 

The focus of this lesson is to spark students’ interest, stimulate their curiosity, raise questions for inquiry and gain an understanding about the different adaptations animals have to protect them against the weather or environmental conditions in which they live using sheep as an example. 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 wool
  • discuss the different purposes of the sheep’s fleece
  • make the connection between a sheep’s fleece and wool used in a range of everyday items such as clothing and furnishings.

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)