Quick summary: Students work in small groups to choose a plant or animal to represent through a role play. Through this role play, students will explain what needs to be improved in their school grounds to make it a better wildlife habitat for their plant or animal.
- Students learn that people can manage the environment around them to improve plant and animal habitat.
- Students learn that each species of plant and animal has its own habitat requirements.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Science
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
Year 3 English
- Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)
- Use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volume (ACELY1792)
- Plan and deliver short presentations, providing some key details in logical sequence (ACELY1677)
Year 4 Science
- Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
Year 4 English
- Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coherently (ACELY1688)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations incorporating learned content and taking into account the particular purposes and audiences (ACELY1689)
General capabilities: Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 3 Science achievement standards: Students group living things based on observable features and distinguish them from non-living things.
Relevant parts of Year 3 English achievement standards: Students listen to others’ views and respond appropriately using interaction skills.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students describe relationships that assist the survival of living things and sequence key stages in the life cycle of a plant or animal.
Relevant parts of Year 4 English achievement standards: Students make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, varying language according to context.
Time required: 60 mins (plus 30 minutes if student makes face masks).
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium.
Resources required: Information about the plants and animals chosen by the students, art material if students make face masks. About The Thinking Hats.
Keywords: role play, animals, school, habitats, biodiversity.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.