Science / Year 3 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

Elaborations
  • recognising characteristics of living things such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing
  • recognising the range of different living things
  • sorting living and non-living things based on characteristics
  • exploring differences between living, once living and products of living things
ScOT terms

Living things,  Classification

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Feathers, fur or leaves

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how to distinguish living and non-living things as well as how to classify living things. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons ...

Teacher resource

Fruit, vegetable, crops - unit 5

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, an interactive game, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about growing and processing fruits, vegetables and crops in a variety of settings including the farm, laboratory and classroom. The program outline and ...

Collection

Remarkable animal and plant life cycles

Find out about animals such as mammals that give birth to live young. Find out what's special about marsupials and the strange monotremes. Discover more about animals that lay eggs and animals that undergo metamorphosis. Find out the role seeds play in a plant life cycle and where they come from. Discover a living thing ...

Teacher resource

Living and non-living things

This is a unit designed to help students gain understanding of environmental biodiversity through the examination of living and non-living things in a local environment. Students examine and compare familiar ecological areas and study the life stages of living things. They explore factors that affect living things within ...

Interactive Resource

NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

Teacher resource

Farm animals - unit 4

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about farm animals that are raised for food and fibre, with a particular focus on livestock needs and farming technologies. The program outline and supporting documents can ...

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From caterpillar to butterfly

How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Watch this clip to see a caterpillar (larva) becoming a chrysalis (pupa) and then, after some time, emerging as an adult butterfly with fully formed wings and body. Butterflies have four stages in their life cycle. There are only three here. Do you know which one is missing?

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Egg-layers great and small

Take a look at a few of the animals that come from eggs. See a chicken hatch and a turtle laying eggs in the sand. Watch a baby crocodile crawl out of its shell!

Teacher resource

Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

This is a teacher resource containing items relevant to planning lessons and teaching primary students about food and fibre production. It contains a program overview, an Agricultural Resources Links document providing links to useful external sites and resources, and eight study units - each containing a program outline ...

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Antarctic wildlife

What wildlife would you expect to see in and around Antarctica? Come aboard the Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis to find out. How have these animals adapted to the harsh environment?

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Fungi: how they grow

If a mushroom is not a plant, what is it? Discover a group of living things that are neither animals nor plants. Explore the mysterious world of fungi and find out the conditions that they need before they can grow.

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Biodiversity (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on biodiversity using the five step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect ...

Interactive Resource

Kitchen gardens

Information and resources for teachers and students involved in Kitchen Gardens Programs across NSW. This website offers a learning scaffold for students when setting up a kitchen garden program in their school.

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Kitchen gardens (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on kitchen gardens using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and ...

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Plant leaves

Leaves come in many shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Watch this clip to discover how leaves make their own food and transport energy to the rest of the plant. See how they can even be useful after they've fallen to the ground. Presenter Nick Hardcastle and some young helpers will also show you a fun, creative activity ...

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Monotreme mum smuggles snuggly puggle

Female marsupials such as wallabies, kangaroos and koalas have live young and carry their joeys (babies) in a pouch. Find out how egg-laying marsupials called monotremes grow. Watch a newly hatched echidna as it grows from 'puggle' (baby) to adult.

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Fruit: why plants make them

Fruits come in all shapes and colours. Have you ever wondered why plants make them? Discover an amazing variety of fruits. Learn the secret of these little plant packages and the treasures they protect.

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Monarch marathon: winging it to warmer weather

When Monarch Butterfly caterpillars hatch from their tiny eggs, they must get ready to travel thousands of kilometres to escape the cold winter weather. See how these caterpillars change and grow to make this long journey possible.

Teacher resource

Classroom Antarctica: Antarctic animal life cycles

This is a learning sequence exploring the life cycles of six Antarctic animals and comparing their life stages and development. A story plan template is provided to guide the creation of student stories. The activities are supported by resources sourced from the Australian Antarctic Divisions' scientific and environmental ...

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Epic swim, Dude, so gimme some fin!

Follow these Green Turtle hatchlings as they begin a long and dangerous ocean journey. After leaving their nest on Heron Island, they will swim around the Pacific Ocean for twelve years until they are strong enough to return.