Year levels: 7 and 8
Activity details: Students investigate the concept of a species and how the concept is applied.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Use distinguishing features to separate species.
2. Apply scientific concepts to identify species.
3. Propose differences between natural and human causes of extinction.
4. Sort species of plants and animals living in Australia into indigenous, domesticated and pests.
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Duration of activity: 60 mins+ (ideal for two lessons)
Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, English.
Teacher input: Assist students in applying the concept of ecosystems, species and biodiversity.
Resources needed: Internet and library access and writing materials or tablets if available.
Homework and extension opportunities: Some parts of this activity can be set as homework.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 7 Science:
- There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
Year 8 Science:
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-7WS, SC4-14LW.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.