Amazing Lifecycles: The Kangaroo

Course Overview

Students investigate the unique lifecycle of the Australian kangaroo.

Introduction: In this course, students will investigate the lifecycle of the kangaroo.  Students will learn about the kangaroo’s gestation, size of young, development over time and the way young are cared for and protected. Amazing lifecycle facts will be highlighted.

Background information: Kangaroo’s are members of the marsupial group of mammals and they have many unique characteristics.  They are exclusively herbivorous and one of their defining features is the pouch in which they raise their young.  The kangaroo is also unique in that it can raise three joeys simultaneously.  They can support one at foot (ie. Out of the pouch but still needing milk), one in the pouch and one in the womb.  During this time, she can produce three unique kinds of milk to suit the needs of each joey!

Using images and a literacy approach, students will independently work through the activities. They will view images that they can interpret to piece together the stages in the kangaroo’s lifecycle.

Course nature: Post Course to onsite program Lifecycles or Stand alone

Prior knowledge: Students would benefit from knowing the definition of mammals and marsupials

  • Mammals – Most mammals give birth to their young. Mammals care for their young. Mammals provide their young with milk.
  • Marsupials – is a type of mammal.  The females have a pouch to carry their babies.

Learning intentions:

Students will:

  • Learn the unique stages in a kangaroo’s lifecycle
  • Learn that a mammal’s lifecycle goes through predictable stages
  • Know how the young of mammals depend on their mother for food and protection

Duration – 30 minutes

Victorian Curriculum

  • Level 3/4:: Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

Course Creators: Lynda Flynn & Bob Winters