Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity, students are given a range of animal names and are asked to find other students with the same animal name using only the call and characteristics of their animal.

Learning goals: 

  • Students understand that we associate many animals with the call they make and animals communicate for a range of purposes.
  • Students can learn to listen to the different animal sounds and identify which animal is which.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-10LW, ST3-11LW

Topic: Biodiversity

Year levels: 5 and 6

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 15 – 20 mins

Learning areas addressed: Science, The Arts (Drama).

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assign students with animal names. You may need to give the students an indicator of the sound if they don’t know.

Resources required: Printed animal name for each student, or create your own.

Keywords: animals, calls, biodiversity, listening, sound

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Activity outline

Print out the sheets of animal names and cut out as many animal names as you have students in your class. Or, create your own sheets to include animals that are specific to your local area.

Give each student a slip of paper with the name of an animal on it (you maybe need to double up if you have a large class). Ask them to keep their animal secret. They need to make the sound of that animal (you may need to give them a hint as to the sound it makes).

Each student must try to find the other 'same type' of animals that are like him or her, but without talking to each other. So how do they find each other? By only using the noises that their animal would make. For example, a student who has been given the animal name ‘brown snake’ must move around the room making the noises that a brown snake might make.

Once two of the same kinds of animal have found each other, they should stay together and keep making their calls until all the animals of the s

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