Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Each student decides how he or she would like to help the plants and animals that live around them to survive. Students make a promise that can apply in their home and at school.

Learning goals:

  • People are able to protect plants and animals that live around them.
  • Students can also promise to protect them.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 English

  • Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661)

Year 1 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 2 English

  • Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Year 2 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

Syllabus OutcomesEN1-2AST1-4WS.

Topic: Biodiversity

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 20 – 40 mins

Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, English.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead students in a discussion and write lists.

Resources required: Writing and drawing materials.

Keywords: conservation, student action, animals and plants, promise. 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Introduction

Students express what interested them most whilst applying what they have learned during the unit of work by making some simple conservation promises.

Activity

Discuss what a promise is. Ask students to give examples of promises.

Review the activity, ‘How can we help plants and animals?’, with students.

Explain to students that they will write what they promise to do to help plants and animals. In their promise they will explain how they will help. One or more promises can be completed for school and a separate promise can be completed for home, where students have more control over their environment.

Using separate sheets of paper for the school and home, students start with:

  • I promise to …….................
  • They then illustrate their promise or promises.

Decide how students would like to share their promises, in small groups or to the entire class.

If possible, display the student’s work where the rest of the school can view it. If the

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Student Worksheet

What is a promise?

 

Making your promise:

Home

  • I promise to 
  • Draw what your promise might look like...

 

 

 

 

School

  • I promise to 
  • Draw what your promise might look like...
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