Quick summary: Students take part in a nature walk to connect to their local environment. They demonstrate their prior knowledge of ecosystems by contributing to a class mural. Students draw and cut out different elements that they would find in their environment and place them on the mural.
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- Students will use a basic concept of scale when they paint/draw their images and use location to place their images on the mural.
- Students connect to nature by discovering their local environment.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Science Year 1:
- Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
Science Year 2:
- Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-10LW, ST1-11LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Topic: Biodiversity, Schools Tree Day
Time required: 60+ mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Prepare surface for the mural and conduct a nature walk.
Resources required: Art materials including scissors and paste, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Mural, ecosystem, art, scale.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.