Quick summary: Working as a class, students map the locations of different habitats on their school ground. They collect data to identify which habitats are the ‘hot spots’ for the most kind of plants and animals (species diversity).
- Student build an understanding of mapping and data collection.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Mathematics
- Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (ACMMG065)
Year 3 Science
- Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)
Year 4 Mathematics
- Use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps (ACMMG090)
Year 4 Science
- Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-4WS, MA2-17MG, MA2‑2WM.
Year levels: 3 and 4
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/Outdoor
Time required: 45+ mins
Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with mapping biodiversity and with creating a map.
Resources required: Art materials, copies of a school ground map.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students can repeat activity on a smaller scale at home.
Keywords: mapping, biodiversity, habitat, species diversity.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.