Virtual Excursion | Animal Classification and Adaptations

Year levels

Year 7, Year 8




Student webinars for this program run every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from October 6th 2020. Times are detailed below.


Adaptations, Classification, Human Impact

By understanding animals’ adaptations and classifications, students will learn how humans can adapt their behaviour to help these species into the future.

Program description

Zoos Victoria is offering free Virtual Excursions programs. Each excursion comes with a teaching guide, activities and a student webinar. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have an expert educator working remotely to talk directly to you.

This Year 7-8 Virtual Excursion program brings the science of the animal kingdom to life. Students will be challenged to classify animals, determine the adaptations that help the animals survive and consider the threats they are facing in the wild.

Students will learn:

  • How to observe the structural and behavioural adaptations of animals to survive in their environment
  • About ecosystems and what animals need to thrive in their environment
  • The impact of humans on places, habitats and ecosystems

Student webinar

This Virtual Excursion program includes a free 30-minute student webinar. A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will type their questions and ideas.

Webinars run every week from Tuesday 6th October 2020:

  • Tuesdays 12:00 - 12:30pm AEDT
  • Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:30pm AEDT
  • Thursdays 12:00 - 12:30pm AEDT

Program resources

In addition to the student webinar, this Virtual Excursion includes the following teaching resources:

Teaching guide – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar

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Narrated PowerPoint – Interactive student activities lead by Zoo Teachers. Download for hours’ worth of activities to use independently or as a class.

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Student worksheet – a template to help students apply their learning

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Virtual Excursions FAQ – frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions

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Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum Year 7-8:

  • Science – Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity.
  • Science – Identify, analyse and explain interconnections within places and between places; and identify and explain changes resulting from these interconnections.