Year levels: 7 and 8
Activity details: Students will decide on a biodiversity project they can lead or participate in. They explain how the proposed projects can restore or protect an ecosystem and how this maintains or improves biodiversity.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. To build skills in leadership and project planing and apply students’ knowledge of biodiversity and conservation.
2. To interact and connect students with the wider community. There are many very useful ways students can help their local community and friends’ groups (community people involved in local biodiversity projects).
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/outdoor
Duration of activity: 30 mins or over several lessons
Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, Civics and Citizenship.
Teacher input: Assist students with making relevant links to the school policy that will affect projects. If necessary, help students organise meetings with school community leadership groups.
Resources needed: Directory of local friends’ groups, information about local conservation projects.
Homework and extension opportunities: Some parts of this activity can be set as homework.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 7 Science:
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Year 7 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
Year 8 Science:
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
Year 8 English:
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.