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Classification and adaptation in the marine world

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours 




In this activity students (in pairs) will explore the basic adaptations of organisms living in the ocean. Breathing, swimming, feeding and reproduction all require special organs adapted to a life in the ocean. Students will dissect two different molluscs to compare similarities and differences between the two organisms in light of their different habitats and life styles.

Structural, functional and evolutionary differences among major phyla will then come to life through a visit to the SIMS Research Aquarium, where students will interact with and learn about the biology and specialist adaptations of some of the harbour’s resident fauna.

As a final wrap up, students will learn about marine research in their backyard and beyond through exploring the interactive displays of the SIMS Discovery Centre.

Learning Outcomes:
  • SC4-6WS Follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually.

  • SC4-7WS Processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions.

  • SC4-14LW Relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction.

  • SC4-15LW Explains how new biological evidence changes people’s understanding of the world.


A minimum of 15 students and maximum of  30 applies for this workshop.

For more information about the program:

T: (02) 9435 4600
E: education@sims.org.au