Learning objects Animal search: is it a mammal? [ESL]

TLF ID L8551

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 make milk to feed their babies. Work through a list of features to classify animals and identify a mammal. 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 a mammal.
  • Students identify a set of physical features common to mammals.
  • Students recognise that some features are shared by different animal types, and other features are specific to mammals.
Educational value
  • Introduces the physical features that are common to mammals.
  • Allows students analyse the physical features of a group of animals and use that information to distinguish which is a mammal.
  • Allows students choose questions that help to distinguish mammals from other animals.
  • Features a glossary of words used in the learning object.
  • Features audio support for all text.
  • Includes two 'match the pair' card games that reinforce the names of creatures in the learning object.
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: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Technical implementer
  • Educational validator
  • Name: Dr Christina Gitsaki
  • Address: St. Lucia QLD 4072 Australia
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Graham Coghill
  • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing 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 at a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.