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Survive and Thrive - Stage 3

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


Stage 3 Science and Technology


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


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Excursion key themes:

  • How physical conditions affect the survival of plants. 
  • The structural and behavioural adaptations of plants in rainforest and arid environments that support their survival. 
  • Scientific investigation and illustration skills.

Students will... 

  • Explore the structural adaptations of plants. 
  • Conduct a scientific investigation of how physical conditions affect the structural features of plants in two contrasting environments. 
  • Complete a scientific illustration. 

A glorious location and worthwhile experience for teachers and students.

Teacher, Glenmore Road Public School

Stage 3 Science & Technology


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.

Inquiry question:
How do the structural and behavioural features of living things support survival?

  • describe adaptations as existing structures or behaviours that enable living things to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • describe the structural and/or behavioural features of some native Australian animals and plants and why they are considered to be adaptations, for example:
    • shiny surfaces of leaves on desert plants


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