Activity Introduction

honeyeater-feeding-banksia-biodiversity-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

Learning goals:

  • Students explore biodiversity.
  • Students build their thinking, questioning, creating and observing skills.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.  

Time needed: 20 mins at home, 48 mins in the classroom

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Biodiversity.


Teacher Worksheet

donkey-orchid-biodiversity-hero-260x300Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on having less stuff and completing a thinking routine.

The Flipped Lesson

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to explore/build their current knowledge, attitudes and values about biodiversity. While working independently, students are to view the video and complete the table below. Teachers will also gain insight from students’ responses which can be used to plan follow-up lessons from the biodiversity units.

This visual thinking tools can be useful in examining how and why student thinking has changed based on learning specific content information. It also helps to develop their reasoning abilities and to recognise cause and effect relationships.

Step 1. Ask students to randomly pick one video from the Cool Australia Biodiversity Toolbox and answer the questions on the student worksheet.

Step 2. Back in the classroom, ask students to share the fo

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What does biodiversity mean to you?

Randomly pick one video from the Cool Australia Biodiversity Toolbox. Watch the video and answer the questions below:

What is the name of your video:

Who created this video:

In 35 words or less, write a summary of this video:

How did this video make you feel:

Complete this table, thinking about what you saw in this video:




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