Quick summary: In this activity students will look for bugs in the garden, observe them and see how they behave under a spotlight.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Year 1 Science
- Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-11LW, ST2-10LW, ST2-10LW, ST3-11LW.
Time required: 15 – 20 minutes to find bugs, 10 minutes after observation time after several hours.
Resources required: Large plastic soft drink bottle, scissors, garden soil, lamp, magnifying glass, bugs!
Safety advice: Ensure students are aware of dangerous spiders and check with teachers before handling spiders. Assist students with cutting the top of the bottle off. Depending on student age and ability this activity may be either a student-led experiment or a teacher-led demonstration.
Keywords: Bugs, dark, light, bottle, soil.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.