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Learning objects Platypus life cycle


Help platypuses and their families to survive. Choose where to lay eggs and how to care for babies. Answer questions about feeding and reproductive behaviour. Investigate how people affect platypus habitats.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate animals' requirements for survival, including growth, reproduction, breathing, shelter, intake of water and nutrients.
  • Students explore methods of preventing damage to freshwater environments.
Educational value
  • Shows a platypus habitat scenario: a cross-section of a creek and its banks, and a platypus family that lives there.
  • Presents each stage of the platypus life cycle and requires students to make choices about platypus behaviour.
  • Shows graphically how student choices about platypus behaviour help or hinder platypus survival.
  • Provides feedback for correct and incorrect choices.
  • Enables students to learn about platypus survival including reproduction, growth, food and shelter.
  • Encourages students to find out more about platypuses and how their habitat can be protected.
  • Provides a glossary that can be printed out.
Year level

4; 5; 6

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Natural environment
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Environmental impact
    • Science/Habitats
    • Science/Human intervention
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Generic
    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.