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Year 5 Science sample assessment - Adaptations

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This sample assessment is based on previous versions of the Australian Curriculum.



Human beings are unique in that they engineer environments to suit the ongoing survival of the species. Other organisms are forced to adapt. This assessment explores different kinds of adaptations, how these adaptations assist organisms to survive in their environment, and the interactions occurring within environments.

Students will:

  • research the environment and structural and behavioural adaptations of an Australian animal to explain how these adaptations help the animal to survive in its environment
  • research structural and/or behavioural adaptations of animals that live in an extreme environment and identify structural features and/or behaviours that are common across the animals
  • predict how global warming might affect the survival and future adaptations of animals.

Written: Research


  • Teacher guidelines
  • Student booklet
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Assessment resource: Current scientific conceptions and student's prior understandings

Download the full assessment (contains the documents as Word files):

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