Activity Introduction

Activity details: Students design a website for their community to enable them to plant wildlife gardens. They explain on the website the kinds of projects that can be done around the home and the benefits to themselves and local wildlife.

NB – There are two suggested ‘considering social action’ projects. This one and ‘Biodiversity revegetation project.’ These are both lengthy projects and most classes will only have time for one of these. 

Learning goals for this activity include:

1. Develop an effective communication project relevant to the local community and explain how to increase biodiversity in the home garden.

3. Use a web based medium to design the communication project.

Module: Biodiversity

Year levels: 9 and 10

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Duration of activity: 150 mins

Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, ICT.

Teacher input: Facilitate students in the planning of the website. Make sure it has been thoroughly edited before it goes live. Confirm the materials that go live do not breach privacy laws and there is no personal information.

Resources needed: Writing material, computers, website, cameras.

Homework and extension opportunities: Some of the work can be done at home.

Keywords: website, community, wildlife, gardens, projects, local wildlife, biodiversity.

Australian Curriculum Link:

Year 9 English:

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)

Year 9 Science:

  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174)

Year 10 English:

  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user (ACELY1776)

Year 10 Science:

  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-9WSEN5-1A,  EN5-2A

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Introduction

In this activity, students are asked to apply and extend their learning by creating a wildlife garden website for their local community.

Gardens can have a significant contribution to local wildlife. Wildlife gardens may be planted with species that come from anywhere in Australia, or indigenous plants to the area or a combination of the two.

Activity

Overview of this activity:

1. Choose the website the project could be uploaded to.

2. Find out about the website design and how that affects the way material will be displayed.

3. Choose the themes the website will cover.

4. Make a list of all the material that needs to be written.

5. Assign small groups to different research, writing and photography tasks.

6. Bring together the material and edit it.

7. After uploading the material onto the website, advertise it so local people get to know about it.

Choose the website:

  • The website should be one that easily enables students to design a menu system and upload tex
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Student Worksheet

Activity

Overview of this activity:

1. Choose the website the project could be uploaded to.

2. Find out about the website design and how that affects the way material will be displayed.

3. Choose the themes the website will cover.

4. Make a list of all the material that needs to be written.

5. Assign small groups to different research, writing and photography tasks.

6. Bring together the material and edit it.

7. After uploading the material onto the website, advertise it so local people get to know about it.

Choose the website:

  • The website should be one that easily enables students to design a menu system and upload text, images and video.
  • The school website may be the easiest choice.
  • There might be a community website that is available.
  • Students may have access to an interesting alternative.

Website design:

Before any work on the website begins, find out how the design of the website might affect any of the material that can be uploaded. How does the menu work? How

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