Quick summary: Students are instructed in how to view trees as a guide to story structures and how to use trees and wildlife as characters in stories from their local environment to celebrate Schools Tree Day. They use trees as both metaphor and subject for crafting a narrative, using their creativity and their connections to native wildlife.
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- Students describe and explain qualities about local trees and wildlife
- Students plan, create, edit and publish a story about a tree in the local environment
Australian Curriculum Mapping (Ver. 9.0)
NSW Syllabus outcomes: EN2-2A, EN3-2A, GE2-1, GE2-2, GE3-1, GE3-2
General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy
Cross-curriculum Priority: Sustainability – Systems (SS1)
Topic: Schools Tree Day; Biodiversity
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Schools Tree Day – Primary
Time required: 120 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Facilitate explicit teaching and guide students through independent observations and writing. Some students may require additional literacy support.
- Pens and paper per student
- Devices for taking photos – OPTIONAL
- Student Worksheet – as needed per student.
Keywords: Schools Tree Day, trees, story, stories, native wildlife, connection.
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