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Learning objects Animal search: is it an amphibian? [ESL]

TLF ID L8553

Identify five amphibians from among other types of animals. Sort animals into groups based on their physical features. For example, identify a group of animals that have a backbone, then identify a subset which have slimy skin. Work through a list of features to classify animals and identify an amphibian. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students compare the physical characteristics of a range of animals and identify which is an amphibian.
  • Students identify a set of physical features common to amphibians.
  • Students recognise that some features are shared by different animal types, and other features are specific to amphibians.
Educational value
  • Introduces the physical features that are common to amphibians.
  • Allows students to analyse the physical features of a group of animals and use that information to distinguish which is an amphibian.
  • Allows students to choose questions that help to distinguish amphibians from other animals.
  • Features hyperlinked glossary words for unfamiliar terms.
  • Features audio support for all instructional and feedback text.
  • Includes two 'match the pair' card games to reinforce the names of creatures shown in the activity.
Year level

1; 2

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Life and living
  • 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:
  • Technical implementer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Graham Coghill
  • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
  • Educational validator
  • Organisation: Dr Christina Gitsaki
  • Address: St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • 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
Platform requirements
  • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements