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TLF ID L1134

Sort animals into groups based on their physical features. For example, identify a group of animals that have a backbone, then identify a subset that have slimy skin. Work through a list of features to classify animals and identify a given vertebrate: fish, amphibian, reptile or mammal. This learning object combines four objects in the same series (excluding spoken instructions).

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students compare the physical characteristics of a range of animals and identify which is a given vertebrate: fish, amphibian, reptile or mammal.
  • Students identify a set of physical features common to a class of vertebrates.
  • Students recognise that some features are shared by different animal types, and other features are specific to a class.
Educational value
  • Introduces features that are common to classes of vertebrates.
  • Groups animals according to their physical features.
  • Helps students to analyse the physical features of a group of animals and use that information to distinguish which is a given type of vertebrate: fish, amphibian, reptile or mammal.
  • Includes questions that help distinguish a class of vertebrates from other animals.
Year level

3; 4

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Living things
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Classification
    • Science/Dichotomous keys
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.