Activity Introduction

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Quick summary: In this lesson, students learn about the land in which their school or home is located. They are led by their teachers on a school incursion to explore nature and capture various types of flora and fauna which they will later create a classification system. Students make a plan of action to Regenerate Australia with their newfound knowledge of local flora and fauna.

Subjects: Science 

Year Levels: 5 & 6

Topics: Sustainability, regeneration, critical and creative thinking, experiment, native plants, exotic plants.

Teaching Time: 140 mins (best spread over two lessons).

21st-century skills: 

  Critical Thinking Creative Thinking  CommunicatingProblem SolvingSocial Skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 Science:

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090).

Year 6 Science:

  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS107).

Syllabus outcomes Year 5&6: ST3-10LW, ST3-4WS.

General capabilities: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding and Personal and Social Capability

Cross-curriculum priority:  Sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:

By the end of Year 5, students classify substances according to their observable properties and behaviours. They analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments.. Students construct tables and graphs to organise data and identify patterns in the data. They compare patterns in their data with predictions when suggesting explanations.

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards: By the end of Year 6, students describe and analyse relationships in data using appropriate representations and construct multimodal texts to communicate ideas, methods and findings.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Will need to discuss the concept of Country, Classification and basic use of a spreadsheet

Resources required:

  • Butchers paper (1 sheet per group)
  • Collection of lego bricks
  • Marking pen (1 per group)
  • Student worksheets – one copy per student.
  • Sticky tape dispensers (1 per group)
  • Access to the film Regenerating Australia.

Keywords: Regenerating Australia, transpiration, sustainability, regeneration, experiment, native, exotic, Australian, plants

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

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Learning intentions: Students will...

  • what traditional lands, or what language group, clan or nation, their home/school is located on
  • ...learn about classification by participating in a lego brick and a leaf classification activity
  • ...hunt for fauna in their school and tabulate the data
  • ...research the diversity of local fauna and flora prior to development
  • ...devise a plan to bring back native flora and fauna in order to regenerate Australia.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ...recall the name of the Country they reside in
  • ...produce a dichotomous key classification system for lego bricks and leaves
  • ...collect and collate data and record in a table
  • ...research historical information regarding flora and fauna in the local area.

Teacher content information:

Understanding Custodianship from an Aboriginal perspective:
In this article in The Conversation, Aunty Munya Andrews explains that, “Many Indigenous peoples the world ove

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Student Worksheet

Thought-starter: Imagine if you could transport yourself back in time 500 years to where you live now – what kinds of plants and animals would you see in abundance?


1. What is Country?

2. Research and find out what Country your local area is situated on:

How to conduct research? Refer to the link of the map of Australia featured on The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander website ( to discover what traditional lands your home or school is located on.

3. Write your own unique acknowledgment of your Country. There is a useful template for planning an Acknowledgement of Country on the Creative Spirits website (


Draw your lego bricks dichotomous key in the space below:



What animals did you find in the playground? List and ske

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