Quick summary: In this lesson, students will explore how they view different kinds of animals (e.g. mammals versus insects). They will discover that all animals are important in an ecosystem, not just cute or majestic ones. They will create an adoption profile for an insect to convince the public that they should care about the creature and fund research and conservation for it. They will then present these profiles to the class for evaluation.
- Students understand that the general public can influence scientific research and funding
- Students understand the key role all organisms provide in an ecosystem
- Students understand how to persuade and inform the general public.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Science
- Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174)
Syllabus outcomes: SC5-11PW
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.7.
Relevant parts of Year 9 Science achievement standards: Students describe social and technological factors that have influenced scientific developments and predict how future applications of science and technology may affect people’s lives. They evaluate others’ methods and explanations from a scientific perspective and use appropriate language and representations when communicating their findings and ideas to specific audiences.
Topic: Biodiversity, Sustainability, STEM.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Backyard Bush Blitz – Year 9.
Time required: 95 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.
- Bush Blitz Information Sheet (one creature per small group)
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Poster paper
- Sticky notes
- Student devices with internet and audiovisual recording capability
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
Keywords: Threatened species, funding, ecosystems, public, influence, communication, insects, preservation.
Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery program, with the Bush Blitz TeachLive component delivered by Earthwatch Australia, who kindly provided the images in these lessons. Thank you to the Ian Potter Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trusts and The Myer Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.