Activity Introduction

What sort of things do you like to do when you are outside? Some people like to play sport, some like to watch birds. Some might want a garden of flowers, others giant trees to climb. In this activity, you are going to create a birds-eye view map of your ideal garden, using your own garden as inspiration. 

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes: 

  • fresh air 
  • chill time 
  • be creative 

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Mathematics, Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking, Numeracy, Sustainability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Secret Garden – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

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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

My Dream Garden - Activity Instructions

What sort of things do you like to do when you are outside? Some people like to play sport, some like to watch birds. Some might want a garden of flowers, others giant trees to climb. In this activity, you are going to create a birds-eye view map of your ideal garden, using your own garden as inspiration.

Part A: This Is My Place

Step 1. Spend at least five minutes in your garden, by yourself if possible. Notice the natural features in your garden. Where do you have trees, or flowers? Where is a great place to play, or read a book? Focus on the things you can hear, as well as what you can see.

Step 2. Find a comfy sport, ideally still outside (but inside is fine if the weather is yuck!). Using your pencils and paper, create a mind-map of what you already have in your garden, as well as all the things you’d love to have. Maybe you would love a space to grow vegetables, or flowers to attract butterflies. Write or draw everything you can think

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