Biology Comprehensive - Year 5

Biology Comprehensive Year 5 is a Biological Sciences curriculum program for Year 5 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum Science Understanding:
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment (ACSSU043).

Note: This curriculum program is currently being updated to align with the Australian Curriculum 9.0. Updated versions will be released in early 2023.
Learning Objectives
In Lessons 1 to 15 students learn about:
  • how life started as a single cell
  • what genes are
  • the species that form Earth’s biodiversity
  • how different environments have different physical conditions
  • natural selection and adaptations
  • the adaptations to biological conditions in the environment
  • how species have adapted to live in extreme conditions, for example on land
  • how living things survive in extreme dry conditions
  • how living things survive in extreme cold conditions
  • how living things survive in other extreme conditions 
  • how every living thing is adapted to its environment and how to find out the conditions of an environment
  • using the scientific method to find out which animals and plants live in the local environment
  • conducting research in the schoolyard to find out which animals and plants live there and to observe their adaptations
  • how to explain and evaluate the results of the research about the adaptations of living things the area
  • how to report their findings from their investigation and communicate them to an audience.
Success Criteria
  • Explain what genes are and where they are found.
  • Explain what genetic diversity means.
  • Describe how scientists sort and classify the huge diversity of living things.
  • Sort physical from biological conditions.
  • Describe how environments differ in their physical conditions.
  • Explain what natural selection is.
  • Explain what an adaptation is.
  • Explain what an extreme environment is.
  • Explain why extreme conditions make it difficult to survive.
  • Describe the adaptations to survive in extreme conditions.
  • Research the climate and weather data for the local environment.
  • Research which types of living things live in their schoolyard.
  • Observe and record the adaptations that living things in the schoolyard might have.
  • Explain the results of their investigation.
  • Report the results of their investigation.
Progress Tests
Progress tests are conducted after every second lesson, allowing teachers to monitor student understanding of the concepts taught over the past two lessons and to identify where reteaching is needed. The Teaching Guide contains the testing questions, and the Student Workbook has a section where students write their answers and score themselves.
Structured Research Activity
The Structured Research Activity (SRA) for this unit is:
Students observe, record, research and report on at least two plants and two animals and their adaptations. The SRA takes place over two lessons so students can apply the Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills covered in the unit. Teachers use the Guide to Making Judgements, which is included in the Teaching Guide, to mark the SRA.

End-of-Unit Assessment
The last lesson is the end-of-unit assessment, which has a variety of question formats (e.g. label the diagram, circle the correct answer) to assess student mastery of content from the unit. The end-of-unit assessment is in the Teaching Guide. Teachers copy the assessment and distribute to students at testing time.

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