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Book 51: Standing Up: Skeletons and Frameworks

Levels: 1-2
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world , Material world icon. Material world , Physical world icon. Physical world


Standing Up provides opportunities for children to focus on the relationship between structure and function in plants and to relate this to the way people choose materials and design frameworks when they construct buildings. The book is designed so that the Living World, Material World, and Physical World concepts may be approached separately or together. For example:

  • the children could study the Living World concepts (which apply to plants and animals) independently of the Material World and Physical World concepts (which apply to buildings and other structures)
  • the children could study the plant topics and the animal topics separately
  • the concepts could be combined to provide a "big picture" of the structural principles that occur in living things and how human technologies often mimic, or are based on, these natural principles. (The arrows in the concept overview indicate how the concepts may be linked together.)

The Material World and Physical World concepts in Standing Up that apply to structures relate closely to the technology curriculum.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Standing Up: Skeletons and Frameworks.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 52 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

Assessment resources

Visit the 'Building Science Concept' page on the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find ARB resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.