Activity Introduction

Activity details: Students will develop a vision of a future school ground with a focus on improving its biodiversity. They will identify what they still need to find out and where they can get assistance.

Key lessons and understandings of activity: Students are able to recreate ecosystems to increase the biodiversity in the school ground. Students describe their vision of what their school ground would be like with increased biodiversity.

Module: Biodiversity

Year level: 5 and 6

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Duration of activity: 40 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science.

Teacher input: Lead discussion, review students’ findings in this unit when it is relevant.

Resources needed: Whiteboard or smartboard

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, future, vision.

Australian Curriculum Link:

Year 5 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)

Year 5 Science:

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Year 6 Science:  

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-10LW, ST3-11LWEN3-2A

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Preparing for our school ground vision

Only one question is specifically directed at biodiversity. Students can approach each question as broadly as they wish or just focus on their views related to biodiversity.

Use the activity sheet ‘Preparing for our school ground vision.’ In small groups ask students to discuss and fill in their views about the following questions:

  • What do we know about the school ground?
  • Why do we feel biodiversity is important?
  • What is most important about our school ground?
  • List results we would like from an improved school ground?

Bring the students back together and discuss and combine their ideas. What views do they have in common?

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

Our vision

A vision statement is usually only one or two sentences. The goal for this vision statement is for the class to make a two sentence statement (students may want to create a longer statement) that describes what they believe their school grou

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Student Worksheet

Our vision

What don’t we know and what do we need to find out to make our vision happen?

What do we need to make our vision happen?

Who can help us to make our vision happen?


Preparing our school ground vision

What do we know about the school ground?

Why do we feel biodiversity is important?

What is most important about our school ground?

List results we would like from an improved school ground?


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