Interdependence of Living Things and their Environment
Students may investigate how living things are dependent on the non-living environment. Lots of examples can be seen at the Park, such as soils providing a place to grow roots and nutrients for plants, dead trees, rocks and even parts of buildings providing homes for animals

Students investigate how the life cycles of animals are a response to their environment and how animals can respond both behaviourally and physically to these changes, for example the production of alates (winged termites) (Sand Country Meeting point F) the burrowing of frogs (Desert Rivers), migration.

Students may have looked at how different animals eat different types of food and have grouped them into categories such as herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Examples of each of these can be found at the Desert Park

When constructing food chains, students may begin to think about the flow of energy through the food chain. The Nature Theatre presentation contains lots of information on food chains

Students may also consider interactions between animals and plants other than the plant just providing food for animals. Examples of this maybe pollination, seed dispersal, or the formation of the Bloodwood Gall in response to a small insect


Structure and Function
Identify the relationship between structure and function within an animal group. For example birds beaks are different shapes and sizes and depending on what the bird eats. The Beaks for Every Purpose display in the first Desert Rivers aviary explains this well. There is also a Birds Beak activity box and some worksheets that you can borrow from the Park.

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