Activity Introduction

Birds on a tree-hero©WWFQuick summary: Students are introduced to biodiversity by exploring types of wildlife. Through an independent art and writing exercise students discover that many different animals exist on our planet. This activity introduces the word mammal.

Learning goals: 

  • Biodiversity is both amazing and important, and we should do what we can to look after it.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Science

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)

Year 1 English

  • Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661)

Year 2 Science

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)

Year 2 English

  • Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-4WS, ST1-10LW, EN1-2A

Topic: Biodiversity

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: English.

Teacher input: Lead class in a discussion on wildlife and biodiversity.

Resources required: Art and writing materials, copy the activity sheet.

Keywords: conservation, biodiversity, wildlife.

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

At this level, students are classifying living things into broad groups. They usually call mammals, animals. This activity introduces the word mammal.

Students are aware of different ecosystems which they call forests, farms, the sea, etc. The word 'habitat' is often used. Habitat means the place where something lives.  However, it is very common to use the word more broadly to talk about where lots of plants and animals live.

Biodiversity is an extremely important concept that helps with envisioning conservation. Most of the activities will investigate and compare different kinds of living things and ecosystems.

Optional: Make some time for students to read the section on ‘Biodiversity' in the Digital Library for Years 1 & 2.

Class discussion

1. Use the Student Worksheet or modify it for students to draw or write about their favourite living things:

  • What is your favourite plant? What words can you think of to describe it?
  • What is your favourite mamma

Student Worksheet

Biodiversity - What is your favourite...?













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