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Book 5: Fur, Feathers, and Bark: Animal and Plant Coverings

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


All living things, including plants and animals, have a surface that acts as a boundary between their insides and the outside world. Fur, Feathers, and Bark looks at the variety of forms this surface takes, including the functions of insulation and camouflage. We can observe the coverings of many different kinds of living things in our everyday world and investigate their structures, their adaptations, the ways in which these help their owners to fit their environment, and any manufacturing processes used to adapt the coverings for human use (for example, into fibres or fabrics).

A picture pack is available in schools to support activities in the book.

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 Fur, Feathers, and Bark: Animal and Plant Coverings.

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Assessment resources

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