Who Would Win? Writing About Animals


Summary of Unit of Work:

This unit aims to develop students understanding of how animals adapt to survive in their particular environment. Each lesson students will examine two different animals in the Who Would Win book series to compare the different adaptations the animal has and decided who they think would win out of the two animals. Each lessons students’ write and share their justification of who they think would win and why with the class. It is important not to read the final few pages of the book each lesson revealing the authors choice of who would win, before students have had a chance to make up their own minds. Students will then create a comparison text and labelled diagrams of two similar animals of their own choice that are suited to a particular environment.

Australian Curriculum Links:

E.g. Year 5 Mathematics (Statistics and Probability):

Science Curriculum

  • AC Science: Year 4: ACSSU072 Living things have life cycles
  • AC Science: Year 4: ACSSU073 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive
  • AC Science: Year 5: ACSSU043 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environment

Literacy Curriculum

  • AC Literacy: Year 4: ACELA1490 Understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audience
  •  AC Literacy: Year 4: ACELA1498 Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in research
  • AC Literacy: Year 4: ACELT1603 Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of view
  • AC Literacy: Year 4: ACELY1690 Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text
  • AC Literacy: Year 4: ACELY1964 Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features
  • AC Literacy: Year 5: ACELA1797 Investigate how the organisation of texts into chapters, headings, subheadings, home pages and subpages for online texts and according to chronology or topic can be used to predict content and assist navigation
  • AC Literacy: Year 5: ACELY1701 Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text
  • AC Literacy: Year 5: ACELY1699 Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view
  • AC Literacy: Year 5: ACELT1610 Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints

ACARA General Capabilities

  • GC41 analyse information logically and make reasoned judgments
  • GC42 evaluate ideas and create solutions and draw conclusions
  • GC35 pose insightful and purposeful questions

Unit Overview:

  • Part A: Exploring Animal Texts: Who would win?
  • Part B: Animal Adaptation Comparison
  • What do we know? | T-Rex vs. Velociraptor
  • Adaptations |Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear
  • Types of Adaptations |Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark
  • Adaptations |Whale vs. Giant Squid
  • Tarantula vs. Scorpion
  • Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra
  • Lion vs. Tiger
  • Sharing: Animal Adaptations Project

Assessment Ideas:

  • Use of Student-Developed Rubric on Animal Adaptations Project
  • Anecdotal notes
  • Observation Checklist
  • Running Records


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