Quick summary: This lesson is designed as a tuning in activity. Students participating in this activity are each asked to write down three questions about biodiversity, and to categorise these questions as either Googleable (questions whose answers can be found on the Internet) or Non-Googleable (questions whose answers can’t be found on the Internet). Students are then asked to answer both sets of questions using standard research techniques (Internet searches) or alternative research methods (such interview an expert or design an experiment).
- Students build their Higher Order Thinking skills.
- Students explore the topic of biodiversity.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
- Students practice their research skills.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Time needed: 48+ minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate discussion, lead students in identifying questions, and assist students with planning and undertaking research to answer questions.
Resources required: Internet, post-it notes, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Biodiversity, questions, Googleable, Non-Googleable.