Activity Introduction

Your house probably looks very different to a tree! But just like a house gives you somewhere to live, trees provide a home for lots of different creatures. You’ll be hunting for how many different creatures you can see in a tree and then create a graph of them.

Safety advice: If you are unsure about the type of insect or animal you have found, investigate with your eyes rather than your hands!

Younger kids will need support to complete this activity.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 6 – 8

Themes:

  • investigate 
  • fresh air 

Time required: 20 minutes 

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

Tips for Parents and Carers

A habitat is the natural environment of a living creature.

A picture graph shows information by using pictures as symbols to represent quantities. 

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Nature Survey – Years 1 & 2

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

Who Lives In This Tree-house? - Activity Instructions

Your house probably looks very different to a tree! But just like a house gives you somewhere to live, trees provide a home for lots of different creatures. You’ll be hunting for how many different creatures you can see in a tree and then create a graph of them.

Safety advice: If you are unsure about the type of insect or animal you have found, investigate with your eyes rather than your hands!

Part A: Survey

Step 1. You will need your Who uses this tree? Record Sheet. Take a walk in your garden, or to somewhere you know there is a big tree. As you are walking, talk to your parent/caregiver about the sorts of creatures who might like to live in a tree. What creatures don’t you think would live in this habitat and why?

Step 2. When you have found your tree, it’s time to be very still and quiet. Some creatures like to hide when they hear something much bigger than them coming near. By being still and quiet, you are letting the cr

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