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Book 44: Spring Is a Season: How Living Things Respond to Seasonal Changes

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world , Planet Earth and beyond icon. Planet Earth and beyond


The study of seasonal changes is a popular classroom topic. This book focuses on the season of spring, with its associations of regeneration and renewal but it could be adapted to the study of any other season. The topic provides activities that enable children to investigate the patterns and trends associated with seasonal changes and the reasons for these changes. The activities also encourage children to recognise the links between seasonal changes and changes in the behaviour of animals and plants.

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 Spring Is a Season: How Living Things Respond to Seasonal Changes.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 66 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

The concepts in this book build on those introduced in the companion book for levels 1–2 on this topic:

Other books with links are:

Making Better Sense of Planet Earth and Beyond (Ministry of Education, 1999) has useful information on pages 92-94 about how the tilt of Earth's axis in relation to the Sun causes seasonal variations in light and heat.

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.