Activity Introduction

kangaroos-biodiversity-heroQuick summary: In this activity children are asked to investigate what different features different animals have and why they have these features. Younger children are asked to look at different animals and the sounds they make, where they live and what features they have. Older children are asked to identify a range of different animal features – such as paws, whiskers and feathers – and are asked to compare the features of animals with the features of people. Children are then asked to imagine which animal features would be most useful for humans and why.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

 

Equipment needed: A range of animal toys or images (try to choose animals with relatively different features and ensure you have one for each child). Animal ears template. Build a bug house instruction sheet. Build a nesting box guides: How to make a nesting boxNesting box construction guide and Nesting box size guide.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

black-swans-biodiversity-heroBackground information:

Learning goals: Through this activity children will begin to develop an appreciation of how and why animals are different from people and how and why they are special. they do this by looking at the different features different animals have and why they have these features. Younger children are asked to look at different animals and the sounds they make, where they live and what features they have. Older children are asked to identify a range of different animal features - such as paws, whiskers and feathers - and are asked to compare the features of animals with the features of people. Children are then asked to imagine which animal features would be most useful for humans and why.

Content information: Although nobody really knows for sure, it is estimated that there are around 8.7 million species of animal on Earth. 6.5 million of those are on the land and around 2.2 million live in the sea. As for the total number of animals living on the Earth…well that wo

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