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Learning objects Fish out of water


Test the breathing capabilities of a human, fish or frog. Predict whether the animal will survive in air or water. Test your prediction by placing the animal into a virtual lab tank and adding water or air. Watch how each animal breathes and moves oxygen around their body. Answer questions about breathing, oxygen transport and survival.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students relate respiratory and circulatory structures to their functions in humans, fish and amphibians.
  • Students predict the functional effects of air and water availability on respiratory and circulatory systems.
Educational value
  • Uses animations to show how the respiratory and circulatory structures in humans, fish and amphibians work and explains how their structures relate to their functions.
  • Requires students to enter text to predict whether a human, fish or frog will survive in air and/or water.
  • Provides a virtual tank that students can fill with air or water to test their prediction about what humans, fish and amphibians need to breathe.
  • Enables students to print out their prediction.
  • Provides a glossary that can be printed out.
  • Provides questions for research.
  • Provides audio instructions and explanations.
Year level

6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Human body
    • Science/Respiratory systems
    • Science/Animals
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis
    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: 20 Sep 2013
    • 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.