Quick summary: Students choose a tree they can observe over a period of time and record changes and observations. Students design a diagram to show how the tree interacts with the environment, other plants and animals. They include in their diagram the benefits of the tree to people and the impact people may have on the tree.
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- Students collect and analyse data about changes in a tree over time.
- Students show relationships between the tree, our environment and other living things, including people.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Science Year 3
- Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)
Science Year 4
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
- Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-4WS, ST2-10LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Topic: Biodiversity, Planet Ark Tree Day.
Time required: 20 mins initially; 40 mins after collecting data.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – introduce topic, suggest trees to adopt.
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students can record events and changes in their tree as homework.
Keywords: Tree, adopt, data, observation, habitat.