Activity Introduction

ladybirdQuick summary: In this SMARTboard activity students explore the importance of nature and trees. They gain literacy skills by building understanding of vocabulary relating to nature and everyday experiences.

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Learning goals:

  • Students role-play the growth of a plant from seed to tree using dance;
  • Students will engage in vocabulary exercises around the theme of nature;
  • Students investigate nature at their school; and
  • Students create their own nature scene.

Interactive components

  • SMART Response Questions;
  • Use the SMARTboard to complete vocabulary exercises; and
  • Create a nature scene on the SMARTboard.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Cross-curricular priorities: Sustainability

  • OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological 
  • OI.6 – The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and 
community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
  • OI.9 – Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy

Foundation English

  • Recognise the letters of the alphabet and know there are lower and upper case letters (ACELA1440)
  • Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom 
situations (ACELY1646)
  • Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voice levels, articulation and body 
language, gestures and eye contact (ACELY1784)

Foundation Science

  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
  • Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSHE013)
  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas (ACSIS233)
  • Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)

Foundation The Arts – Dance

  • Explore, improvise and organise ideas to make dance sequences using the elements of dance (ACADAM001)

For more information see

Syllabus Outcomes: STe-4WS, STe-8NE, STe-9ME, ENe-1A, ENe-4A, DAES1.2, DAS1.2.

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Cool Australia'sTree Day Foundation TN - V1 (Download)


Teacher Worksheet

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SMARTboard teacher notes - Foundation




More engaging resources to support this lesson:



Download: Life cycle of a bean factsheet

Schools Tree Day digital toolbox

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