Quick summary: In this activity students will explore biodiversity and habitat through both class discussion and field studies. This activity begins with a class discussion around the definitions of biodiversity and habitat. Students then take a walk around the school, identifying and photographing habitats at your school. Students also identify and count features of biodiversity at these sites (plant and animal). Finally students identify the biodiversity hot spots at your school and make recommendations for improving biodiversity at your school.
NOTE: Although this activity has been created in support of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program you will not produce a specific habitat score, which you need to meet the data goals of the program.
This activity has been created to give younger students – for whom the official biodiversity audit would be too complex – an opportunity to participate in the biodiversity component of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program. To gain accreditation your school will still need to complete the more complex biodiversity audit.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.1 – The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth. O1.2 -All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.
Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Science Year 1
Mathematics Year 1
Geography Year 1
Science Year 2
Geography Year 2
Science Year 3
Geography Year 3
Science Year 4
Geography Year 4
Connecting lessons: Native animal identification.
Resources required: Digital cameras, students worksheets, internet access, printed map of school grounds (use Google Maps if no hard copy available), drawing/writing materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Photography, digital sharing capabilities.
There’s an app for that:
- Google Maps: Explore new places, discover local favourites, and navigate your world with Google Maps.
- Field Guide to Victorian Fauna: Detailed descriptions of animals, maps of distribution, and endangered species status combine with stunning imagery and sounds to provide a valuable reference that can be used in urban, bush and coastal environments.
- The Michael Morcombe and David Stewart eGuide to the Birds of Australia: The foremost field guide to Australian birds with a comprehensive collection of bird calls.
- Sea Life Victoria: An informative guide to over 200 of the marine animals that live in Australia’s southern habitats. The southern Australian coastline is known for its extraordinarily high number of unique species that are found nowhere else in the world.
- Bunurong Marine National Park Field Guide: This app presents images and information on over 300 species of marine and coastal animals and plants that can commonly be seen in Bunurong Marine National Park and nearby waters.
- Project Noah: Project Noah is the best way to share your wildlife encounters and help document our planet’s biodiversity.
- Field Guide to Pest Animals of Australia: This app contains pest information, distribution maps, photos, animal calls, control information and resource links for 53 pest species.
- Weed Identification Tool – Victoria
- Weed Identification Tool – Australian Government
- Manningham Council – Weeds Booklet
- City of Yarra – Removing Weeds and Planting Indigenous Alternatives
Keywords: Biodiversity, habitats, school, hot spot, plants, animals, fungus, photographs, map.