Classification is always intriguing, especially when you're dealing with such a diverse range of animals from all around the world!

Melbourne Zoo’s pedagogy aligns with best practice and approaches for Middle Years and has a strong focus on authentic problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration. The Classy adaptations program allows student groups to examine the structural features of animal ‘biofacts’ and identify adaptations for their survival. Students investigate the diversity of adaptations which are the basis of formal and informal classification systems.

Students will interact with various animals they have investigated and not only appreciate how animal’s adaptations assist them to survive but also how humans can adapt their own behaviours to support wildlife in wild places.

The Classy adaptations learning program addresses AusVELS levels 5-8 standards.  It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities, Communication and Thinking Processes.

Program details

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Year level 
Year 5 - Year 8
Duration 
45 minutes
Restrictions 
10 years and above
Cost 
$16.10 per student
Times 
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Student ratio 
1 teacher to every 10 students (1:10)
Availability 
Monday to Friday
Program type 
Zoo educator led
What to bring 
Printable student notes (available below)

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