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What is a Mammal?

Levels 1 and 2

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NZC Achievement Objectives
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Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa
  • The Organism: Discuss ideas about living things, so as to classify them according to observable differences. 

  • Te Rauropi: Ka whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro mō ngā mea oreore, ka whakarōpū i runga i ngā rerekētanga. 

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Learning Intentions
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Integration Ideas

Learning Intentions are from the Ministry of Education

Integration ideas are from the Ministry of Education

Level 1

  • Observe and identify types of common animals.

  • Students can observe different mammals and name some of their key features.

  • Students can share their ideas about how mammals could be grouped in different ways according to their observable features.


Level 2

  • Students can discuss differences and similarities in various living things that have been broadly grouped according to their external characteristics.

  • Students can explore and understand the functions of the main parts of mammals.

  • The Arts (Dance): Move in response to environmental stimuli.


  • Mathematics and Statistics (Number and Algebra): Develop a number sense through exploring numbers of wings, feet, segments, antennae.


  • Mathematics and Statistics (Geometry and Measurement): Identify symmetries in the natural world.


  • Mathematics and Statistics (Statistics): Interpret the difference between the smallest and largest values, and explain the meaning of clusters or holes in a data display of animals in their local environment.


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