Quick summary: In this SMARTboard activity students explore the importance of nature and trees. They gain literacy skills by building understanding of vocabulary relating to nature and everyday experiences.
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- Students investigate nature at their school;
- Students will participate in vocabulary exercises on the theme of nature;
- Students examine the differences between living and non-living things;
- Students describe the requirements for living things to survive; and
- Students will identify natural habitat zones within the school grounds and create a plan to improve these areas.
- SMART Response Questions;
- Use the SMARTboard to complete vocabulary exercises;
- Create a checklist for recognising living things and differentiate between living and non-living things using the drag and drop function;
- Create an image showing what living things need to survive using the drag and drop function; and
- Use an embedded webpage to identify school habitat zones.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy
Cross-curricular priority: Sustainability
- OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.
- OI.6 – The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
- OI.9 – Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.
Australian Curriculum content description:
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 Geography
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
- Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI054)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
Year 4 Geography
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
- Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI075)
For more information see http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
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