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Survive and Thrive - Stage 3

Examine a range of native plants from contrasting rainforest and arid environments, observe the amazing adaptations that allow them to grow and survive. In research teams conduct a scientific investigation and complete scientific illustrations, fine tuning skills and making connections between the physical conditions in which plants live and their growth and survival.  

Learning Activities

  • By making observations and using scientific measurement tools students will conduct a scientific investigation into how environmental conditions affect the growth, survival and adaptation of plants in two contrasting, arid and rainforest environments.  
  • Complete a scientific illustration.  
  • ​Considers a testable scientific question, formulate a Hypothesis, collect and analyse data to communicate conclusions 


Stage 3 Science


Bowden Centre


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Conducting a comparitive scientific study. 
  • Drawing a scientific illustration.  
Syllabus Outcomes


Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions. 

Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things. 

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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.