Quick summary: In this lesson, students investigate how and why zoos do conservation work. They begin by examining a series of positive and negative statements about zoos, including that zoos have an important role to play in conservation work. They then look at what is meant by ‘conservation’ and analyse the Philippines Crocodile conservation program in which Zoos Victoria are a conservation partner. Students then research an Australian animal involved in a conservation program and create a presentation to share with the class. Students can use an assessment rubric to assess the work of their peers.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with Zoos Victoria. Zoos Victoria is a zoo-based conservation organisation whose mission is to fight extinction and support Victorians to be the world’s most wildlife friendly community through being caring, informed and active. Zoos Victoria operate three zoos: Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. Click here to find out more about Zoos Victoria and their work on fighting extinction.
- Students understand what conservation is and what a conservation program involves.
- Students understand why we need conservation programs for animals both in Australia and overseas.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Syllabus outcomes: ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical Understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.7, OI.9.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students describe and predict the effect of environmental changes on individual living things.
Unit of work: Fighting Extinction – Primary
Time required: 80 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided discussion, guide students through activities.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Art materials. One printed copy of the Learning Journal for each student (or invite students to access the Learning Journal used in the Tuning In lesson). Zoo Statements. Consequence Chart. Presentation Assessment Rubric.
Keywords: Zoos Victoria, zoo, fighting extinction, extinction, animals, conservation, breeding, education, improving habitats, Philippines Crocodile.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.