Quick summary: This lesson is designed as a tuning in activity. In this activity students will look at objects in a biodiversity curiosity box and participate in in-depth discussions around these objects, making connections between objects and the wider world. Students will then be asked to identify questions about biodiversity that they would still like answered and design an investigation to answer these questions.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Students explore biodiversity.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Time needed: 60+ minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – collect resources for curiosity box, facilitate and guide discussion around objects in curiosity box, help students to identify further questions for investigation.
Resources required: Box/tub/bag with objects or images relating to biodiversity (see table on teacher worksheet), internet access, student worksheet.
Key words: Biodiversity, curiosity box, discussion, questions.