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Book 4: Animal Life Histories: Reproduction, Growth, and Change

Levels: 1-4
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world


Animal Life Histories focuses on the process of growth and change that all animals undergo in their journey from fertilised egg to adulthood. Students can readily observe life's physical stages in people, pets, and other common kinds of animals around them.

Studying animals' life histories is a good entry point for building concepts about how living things develop (including metamorphosis) and survive - within their own lifetimes and through adaptations over the evolution of generations. It is also an opportunity to reinforce the idea that, in science, the word "animal" applies equally to such living things as mammals (including people), reptiles, fish, crustaceans, birds, spiders, snails, shellfish, insects, and worms.

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 Animal Life Histories: Reproduction, Growth, and Change.

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Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.