Quick summary: In this lesson, students investigate what animals you might find on a farm. They begin by thinking about what all animals need to survive, and then explore what animals you might find on a farm, working to sort these animals into a range of different categories. Students then think about what farm animals need to survive and how a farm needs to provide all these things. They work independently or in pairs to create a dream farm based on a set of instructions that helps them create a farm where the animals have all the things they need to survive. Students share their dream farms through a gallery walk format.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. For over 160 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show which, like other agricultural shows around the country, works to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives.
This year’s Royal Melbourne Show will be held between Saturday 21st to Tuesday 1st September.
- Students understand what animals need to survive.
- Students understand that farmers need to provide animals with food, water and shelter.
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)
- Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations (ACSIS060)
Year 4 Science
- Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
- Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations (ACSIS071)
Years 3 & 4 Design and Technologies
- Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)
Syllabus outcomes: ST2-4WS, ST2-10LW, ST2-11LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 3 Science achievement standards: Students group living things based on observable features and use diagrams and other representations to communicate their ideas.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students describe relationships that assist the survival of living things and use formal and informal ways to communicate their observations and findings.
Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how products, services and environments are designed to best meet needs of communities and their environments.
Unit of work: The Show – Connections To Farming And Agriculture – Years 3 & 4.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and sorting activity, guide students through design of dream farms.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. A device capable of presenting a video to the class. Paper. Pencils/pens. Farm Animal Recording Sheet. Dream Farm Example.
Keywords: The Show, farming, agriculture, animals, dream farm.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.