Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will find ways they can make practical contributions to the environment as citizen scientists.

Subjects: Science.

Year Level: 6.

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Resilient Australia: Building Resilience To Natural Disasters – Primary.

Related Professional Development: We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.

If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementDigital LiteracyInitiativeLeadership

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 6 Science:

  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)

Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems and inform decisions and identify historical and cultural contributions.

Syllabus outcomes: ST3-7PW

General capabilities: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – support students through independent work.

Resources required:

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … contribute to a citizen science program.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … evaluate the benefits and challenges of a citizen science program
  • … explain an existing citizen science program
  • … communicate with an audience to encourage participation with a citizen science program.

Teacher content information:

Handling Sensitive Topics:

While presenting the lesson, you may notice that students could develop heightened emotions as you uncover the physical and psychological effects of hazards and disasters. Resilience, rebuilding and hope are essential learnings from the lessons. Therefore, it is vital to create a psychologically safe place for students to discuss and debrief, shall they need to. The tasks can be activating for some students and could trigger old memories that some students may find challenging to revisit or process. You should direct students to a school counsellor if they require additional s

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Student Worksheet

Student Worksheet: How can I help as a citizen scientist?

Step 1. Check out the Australian Citizen Science Association’s citizen science program finder.

There are over 638 active programs students could get involved in. You can filter projects by more kid-friendly offerings or things that you can do at home.

You can also filter by area, meaning you can actually get involved in these projects.

Choose a project that looks interesting.

Step 2. Answer the following questions:

•  Name of the project

•  Purpose of the project

•  Equipment you’ll need for the project

•  How to engage in the project

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