Using a variety of preserved and live invertebrates, students investigate the incredible diversity in the invertebrate world. Concepts like camouflage and insect defenses are used to explore the adaptations that help Minibeasts survive.(30mins)

Victorian Curriculum Links

Critical creative f-2

  • Identify, describe and use different kinds of question stems to gather information and ideas (VCCCTQ001)
  • Make simple modifications to known ideas and routine solutions to generate some different ideas and possibilities (VCCCTQ003)
  • Compare and contrast information and ideas in own and others reasoning (VCCCTR005)
  • Consider how reasons and examples are used to support a point of view and illustrate meaning (VCCCTR006)
  • Investigate ways to problem-solve, using egocentric and experiential language (VCCCTM009)

Critical creative 3-4

  • Construct and use open and closed questions for different purposes (VCCCTQ010)
  • Explore reactions to a given situation or problem and consider the effect of pre-established preferences (VCCCTQ011)
  • Investigate different techniques to sort facts and extend known ideas to generate novel and imaginative ideas (VCCCTQ012)
  • Identify and use ‘If, then…’ and ‘what if…’ reasoning (VCCCTR016)
  • Investigate a range of problem-solving strategies, including brainstorming, identifying, comparing and selecting options, and developing and testing hypotheses (VCCCTM020)

Personal social f-2

  • Recognise that problems or challenges are a normal part of life and that there are actions that can be undertaken to manage problems (VCPSCSE003)
  • Practise the skills required to include others and make friends with peers, teachers and other adults (VCPSCSO005)
  • Name and practise basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006)
  • Use appropriate language to describe what happens and how they feel when experiencing positive interactions or conflict (VCPSCSO007)
  • Investigate ways to problem-solve, using egocentric and experiential language (VCCCTM009)
  • Explain how being prepared to try new things can help identify strategies when faced with unfamiliar or challenging situations (VCPSCSE010)
  • Listen to others’ ideas, and recognise that others may see things differently (VCPSCSO012)
  • Use basic skills required for participation in group tasks and respond to simple questions about their contribution to group tasks (VCPSCSO014)
  • Recognise that conflict occurs and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with conflict (VCPSCSO015)

Personal social 3-4

  • Demonstrate skills for effective participation in group tasks and use criteria provided to reflect on the effectiveness of the teams in which they participate (VCPSCSO023)

Science f-2

  • People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)
  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to them selves (VCSSU043)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (VCSSU044)
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (VCSSU045)
  • The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (VCSSU048)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others (VCSIS054)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways (VCSIS055)

Science 3-4

  • Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability, that impact on the design of solutions to meet
  • community needs (VCDSTS023)
  • Investigate food and fibre production used in modern or traditional societies (VCDSTC025)
  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)
  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065)
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (VCSIS070)
  • Reflect on an investigation, including whether a test was fair or not (VCSIS071)
  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language (VCSIS072)
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

Design & Technology

  • Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter (VCDSTC015)
  • Explore how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (VCDSTC016)