Activity Introduction

EH2017-kid-at-earth-hour-night-logo-photoframeQuick summary: In this activity children are asked to think about some of the places in our environment where animals live. Younger children are invited to look at flashcards with images of places in our environment, and will match images of animals to these places. Older children will also match images of animals to places in our environment, but will also begin to explore how and why we should look after these places. They will begin to make connections between their personal behaviours and the health of these places and animals, by switching off lights and appliances for Earth Hour Schools Day.


This lesson has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of educators use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

For the most up to date Earth Hour dates, times, and events, check here.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning, such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media


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Supporting resources:

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Teacher Worksheet

EH2017-kids-painted-faces-logo-photoframeBackground information

Content information for this activity: Our environment is full of fascinating and beautiful animals. All these animals have evolved to suit the places they live in. The health of the places they live in is dependent on the health of the animals themselves: if the environment is sick then the animals will become sick, and if the animals are sick then the places these animals live in will suffer too. Humans are a part of this system - if our environment suffers then so do we.

However, humans increasingly have the ability to negatively affect the health of our environment through things like the resources we use and the waste we create. Yet we are also capable of helping our environment. You don't need to travel to a rainforest or coral reef to help our environment: there are many actions you can take in your daily life to improve the health of all parts of our environment, both now and in the future.

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is one of the easies

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