Activity Introduction

Quick summary: The class produces a list of things they can do to protect animals and plants. As part of the activity they distinguish between natural areas, gardens, school grounds, native animals and pets.  

Learning goals:

  • Students distinguish between a natural habitat and a modified habitat, such as a forest or a garden, or between native Australian animals and domestic animals, such as pets.
  • They contribute their ideas about how children can help animals and plants.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

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 1 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

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)

Year 2 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

Syllabus OutcomesEN1-2AST1-4WS

Topic: Biodiversity

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead students in a discussion and write lists.

Resources required: Smartboard or blackboard.

Keywords: conservation, helping, student actions, biodiversity, animals and plants.

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


The class will make up a list of simple rules about how they can help the animals and plants around them.

In their minds there will be a large overlap between native animals and pets as well as natural habitat and gardens and schoolgrounds. Some of the rules, particularly between native animals and pets, may need to be sorted.

Use the term 'native animals'. The term 'wild animals' is often given additional emotive meanings.


As a class work through what we can do to help animals and plants.  Where appropriate ask students to suggest rules.

1. What are some things we can do to help native animals?

-  Write a heading ‘native animals’.

- Make a simple list on the board (prompts, how can litter affect animals, how can pet dogs and cats affect other animals, how will planting trees and native plants help?).

- Ask the students to make some rules.

2. What are some things we can do to help pets?

-  Write a heading ‘Pets’.

- Make a simple li

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