Quick summary: In this lesson, students will understand the steps needed to undertake a bush blitz in their schoolyard to find what animals live there. Students will work in small groups to observe, record and report back on what they find in the microhabitats in their schoolyard.
Although this lesson can be taught by itself, it also forms the fourth lesson in a unit of eight lessons that can be delivered in sequence to take your students through a complete backyard sustainability project.
- Students understand why a bush blitz is important
- Students understand the role of teamwork in collecting animals
- Students understand the role of entomologists.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 English
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)
- Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view (ACELY1699)
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
- Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086)
- Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests, and observe measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS087)
Year 6 English
- Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)
- Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1613)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
- Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS103)
- Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests, and observe measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS104)
Syllabus outcomes: EN3-1A, EN3-8D, ST3-10LW, ST3-4WS, ST3-11LW.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: Students contribute actively to class and group discussions, taking into account other perspectives.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments. Students predict the effect of changing variables when planning an investigation and communicate their ideas and findings using multimodal texts.
Relevant parts of Year 6 English achievement standards: Students contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students describe and predict the effect of environmental changes on individual living things. Students design investigations into simple cause-and-effect relationships, and construct multimodal texts to communicate ideas, methods and findings.
Topic: Biodiversity, Sustainability.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Backyard Bush Blitz – Years 5 & 6.
Time required: Minimum 3 hours.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – minimal scaffolding if the class has completed the previous lessons. High if teachers have not completed the previous lessons.
- A2 birds eye maps of school grounds
- Beat sheets
- Berlese funnel traps
- Recorder Worksheet
- Reporter Worksheet
- Insect nets
- iPad for each group (optional)
- Magnifying box
- Magnifying glass
- Pencils (coloured and writing)
- Pitfall traps
- Ruler (for each group)
- String (for each group).
- Student Worksheet
Related professional development: Teach Science Inquiry in the Primary Classroom.
Keywords: Mapping, jobs, traps, insects, teamwork, schoolyard, habitats, spiders, observations, collections, ecology, leave no trace, identification, I-Naturalist.
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.