Activity Introduction

Year levels: 7 and 8

Activity details: Students will decide on a biodiversity project they can lead or participate in. They explain how the proposed projects can restore or protect an ecosystem and how this maintains or improves biodiversity.

Learning goals for this activity include:

1. To build skills in leadership and project planing and apply students’ knowledge of biodiversity and conservation.

2. To interact and connect students with the wider community. There are many very useful ways students can help their local community and friends’ groups (community people involved in local biodiversity projects).

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/outdoor

Duration of activity: 30 mins or over several lessons

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, Civics and Citizenship.

Teacher input: Assist students with making relevant links to the school policy that will affect projects. If necessary, help students organise meetings with school community leadership groups.

Resources needed: Directory of local friends’ groups, information about local conservation projects.

Homework and extension opportunities: Some parts of this activity can be set as homework.

Australian Curriculum Link:

Year 7 Science:

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 7 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8 Science:

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Year 8 English:

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-9WSEN4-4B

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet


In the next section ‘Considering social action’ there are three suggested biodiversity projects. Students can consider these projects or identify a different biodiversity project that relates to their school grounds or local community.

When students are working with members of the local community, consult your school policy. (E.g., in some States anyone working with students have to have had a specific kind of police check or hold a Working With Children card.

See what other schools are doing by exploring a case study here.

Activity outline

Step 1 – Collect ideas

Students collect ideas about the kinds of biodiversity projects they can do in the school grounds or their community. Projects could be done with external partners. Both small and large project ideas should be gathered. If students need to contact outside organisations, they should clear it through their teacher first. This list of ideas is to help students start their investigation and report back to the c

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Student Worksheet

My biodiversity project idea

Kind of project:
How will it help biodiversity?:
Where will the project be done?:
What work will students do?:
How much time will it take?:
Would students work with people outside the school? Who would they be?:
Anything else the class needs to know?:

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