Activity Introduction

Activity details: Students produce a presentation for the appropriate school committee. The presentation shows what can be done to enhance the school grounds for biodiversity and at the same time improve it for students and teachers.

Key lessons and understandings of activity: Students use a presentation application to present their ideas. Students use well-organised, convincing arguments and support material to show an audience the value of their proposals.

Module: Biodiversity

Year level: 5 and 6

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Duration of activity: 60 – 90 mins plus presentation.

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, English, ICT.

Teacher input: Help students review and refine their presentation.

Resources needed: Computers.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, planning, research.

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)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)

Year 5 Science:

  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)

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)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)

 Year 6 Science:

  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts(ACSIS110)]

Syllabus OutcomesST3-4WSEN3-1A, EN3-2A.

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

Identify which committee in the school students should make their presentation to. Will it be an internal committee or a school board committee? Will the committee be able to make decisions or recommendations? When will students be able to make their presentation? Will a small group representing the class make the presentation? Will the committee be invited into the classroom?

Deciding

Review students’ projects from ‘Enhance school ground biodiversity.’ Choose which projects would make the greatest change to the school ground. Are there any projects the students themselves would like to do?  

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

Decide on a short list that can be explained in about ten minutes.

Developing the presentation

The presentation should go no longer than 10 minutes. It should give the audience the information needed to make them interested and answer their most important questions. It should not try to answer every question.

Use a

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Student Worksheet

Preparing
Who will you make your presentation to? 

Deciding

Choose which biodiversity projects would make the greatest change to the school ground. 

Developing the presentation

You will be divided up into groups to work on different parts of the presentation and report. Your presentation should go no longer than 10 minutes. It should give the audience the information needed to make them interested and answer their most important questions. Use a PowerPoint presentation to display images and the main points, each group may want to contribute 1-2 slides each. As a class, work out what information and images need to be provided for each project.

Some suggestions are:
1. Have a title page using the class’s vision statement.
2. Present a map of the school ground showing the locations of projects.
3. Have some main points about improving school ground biodiversity.
4. Deal with each project separately:

  • Photo of the location
  • Briefly describe the project
  • How it will improve biodiversity
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