Year levels: 7 and 8
Activity details: Small groups of students have ten minutes to research what the most common plants and animals are in some of Australia’s most common ecosystems.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Link ecosystems with plants, animals, physical and climatic features.
2. Build on concepts of species and ecosystem diversity.
3. Using search engines to locate required information efficiently.
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Duration of activity: 20 mins+
Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, ICT.
Teacher input: Bring students together at the end of the activity to compare ecosytems.
Resources needed: Internet access, writing materials and activity sheet or tablets.
Homework and extension opportunities: None
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 7 Science:
- There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
Year 7 English:
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
Year 8 English:
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
Year 8 Science:
- Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships, including using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS144)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-7WS, SC4-14LW, EN4-2A.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.