Quick summary: Students apply their learning by taking over a patch of garden and transforming it into a habitat. They decide how to safely remove weeds, cover the ground with some mulch and plant species that can attract the animals they want.
- Students learn how to prepare an area to be planted, that weeds must be removed and the soil covered in mulch.
- Students discover plants can be selected that will make a habitat for particular animals.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Year 3 English
- Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
Year 4 English
- Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)
Year levels: 3 and 4
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Time required: Over a few weeks or months.
Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, Mathematics.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Help to obtain tools, plants and mulch. Keep students safe while working outside.
Resources required: Writing materials, gardening tools and gloves, plants and mulch.
Keywords: habitat, patch, action, plants, garden.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.