Activity Introduction

Do you know what biodiversity is? Your challenge is to create a collection of objects that represent biodiversity and think carefully about why you chose them.

Safety advice: When you are exploring nature, look with your eyes before your hands, in case there are hidden prickles or insects.

This activity is a great one to do together as a family.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 8

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • fresh air 

Time required: 20 to 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

For the first part of the activity, find one object or image that relates to biodiversity. You will use this object or image to stimulate discussions with your kid/s. Examples of objects or images could include:

  • A picture of an animal or a toy animal
  • A leaf or a twig
  • A rock or shell
  • A picture of a place you have visited in nature, like a beach or forest
  • A feather
  • A nut or seed

Some kids will be able to work on the remainder of this activity with minimal support but younger kids will need guidance to complete this activity.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Curiosity box – biodiversity

Resources Required

  • One object or image that relates to biodiversity (see Tips for Parents and Caregivers for more details)
  • Box (cardboard is fine)

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Biodiversity Box - Activity Instructions

Do you know what biodiversity is? Your challenge is to create a collection of objects that represent biodiversity and think carefully about why you chose them.

Safety advice: When you are exploring nature, look with your eyes before your hands, in case there are hidden prickles or insects.

Part A: Biodiversity Object Or Image

Step 1. Begin by thinking about the following question and talk about your answers with the people around you:

What do you already know about ‘biodiversity’?

Suggested definition for biodiversity: Biodiversity is short for biological diversity. Biodiversity refers to all the millions of different species that live on our planet, and to the different ecosystems in which species live, interacting with one another and the air, water and soil.

Your parent/caregiver will now show you an image or object that they think is connected to biodiversity. Spend some time investigating this image or object together and talking abo

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