Year levels: 7 and 8
Activity details: Students will apply what they know about their local biodiversity to create a tool to help their community judge the state of the biodiversity around them. Students will treat this as an open-ended problem solving challenge and choose a media to develop their biodiversity indicator.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Create a tool for their community to make judgments about their local biodiversity.
2. Apply past learning to identify simple and usable criteria to indicate on a scale the health of biodiversity.
3. Use problem solving techniques in choosing observable criteria to make the biodiversity indicator tool.
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor or outdoor
Duration of activity: 60 mins+
Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, Civics and Citizenship, Mathematics, English.
Teacher input: Keep asking students to justify their solutions and assist them to think of new solutions if they are stuck.
Resources needed: Computers, software, maybe digital cameras and other images.
Homework and extension opportunities: Some parts of this activity can be set as homework.