Quick summary: In this activity students get out into an ecosystem and record school yard biodiversity based on the sounds that they hear. The sounds can be recorded (e.g., on a tablet), or through drawings or brief explanatory notes. Students use their audio observation skills to identify the kind of activities occurring. They sort the sounds into natural and those are not natural. Students then interpret what they have heard as an indication of some aspects of the local biodiversity.
NOTE: Although this activity has been created in support of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program you will not meet the data goals of the program through this activity. 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. Consider using the AuSSI Biodiversity Upper Primary 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
Science Year 2
Science Year 3
Science Year 4
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-4WS, ST1-9ES, ST1-10LW, ST1-11LW, ST2-10LW, ST2-11LW.
Connecting lessons: Biodiversity audit.
Resources required: Outdoor habitat locations where students can sit undisturbed for a short period of time, clip boards, paper, pencils, camcorder or a sound reordering device, e.g., tablet (optional).
Digital technology opportunities: 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.
Keywords: Biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, audit, survey, species, weeds.