Quick summary: Students choose a tree they can observe over a period of time and record changes and observations. Students design a diagram to show how the tree interacts with the environment, other plants and animals. They include in their diagram the benefits to people and the impact people may have on the tree.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Collect and analyse data about changes in a tree over time.
- Show relationships between the tree, our environment and other living things, including people.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
- Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions (ACSIS054)
- Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
- Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions (ACSIS065)
- Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS216)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-4WS, ST2-10LW.
Year levels: 3 and 4
Indoor or outdoor activity: Outdoor
Time required: 20 mins initially; 45 mins after collecting data.
Learning areas addressed: Science, geography, mathematics, art
Level of teacher scaffolding: Introduce topic, suggest trees to adopt.
Resources required: Printed activity sheet & trees.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students can record events and changes in their tree as homework.
Keywords: Tree, adopt, data, observation, habitat.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.