Quick summary: Students design and implement a variety of projects around the school that will enhance the biodiversity of their school and the local area.
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- Students understand that different kinds of projects enhance different aspects of biodiversity.
- Students recognise that planting indigenous species is important for biodiversity.
- Students understand that biodiversity projects on school grounds need to relate to land use and the local physical conditions.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 Science:
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
Year 6 Science:
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-6PW, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.
Topic: Biodiversity, Schools Tree Day.
Time required: 60 mins (plus planting)
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Lead discussion, review students’ findings in this unit when it is relevant.
Resources required: School grounds map, whiteboard or smartboard, resources from previous biodiversity activities, local indigenous nurseries information and contacts, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, planting.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.