Activity Introduction

Choose one of your favourite animals; it could live in the sky, in the water or on land. Then research the biome (or sub-biome) that your animal lives in. Finally, create the environment and a model of your animal in a box! 

Safety advice: Always cut with the scissors pointing away from you.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 6-9

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • be creative 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Science, Geography, Design and Technology, Critical and Creative Thinking

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Coloured pencils 
  • Device for researching 
  • Junk material 
  • Natural materials 
  • Paper 
  • Shoe box or cereal box

 

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

Student Worksheet

Biome In A Box - Activity Instructions

Choose one of your favourite animals; it could live in the sky, in the water or on land. Then research the biome (or sub-biome) that your animal lives in. Finally, create the environment and a model of your animal in a box!

Safety advice: Always cut with the scissors pointing away from you.

Step 1. Choose a favourite animal. Use your device or a book to research what type of environment or biome the animal lives in. What does it look like, what plants and animals live in that area? For example, you might choose a koala and it lives in eucalyptus forests. 

Step 2. Think about natural materials and materials you can find around the home you could use to make a model of your chosen animal and its home. Collect them together and draw a design on your paper. Label what each part of your design is going to be made of. You may like to consider: 

  • sticking a piece of paper with a backdrop to the scene on the back of the box 
  • whether there are g
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