Quick summary: In this activity children think about the ways that animals use trees. Children are asked to identify a range of native animals and think about how they use the trees as habitat and for food. Children then go outside and attach pictures of animals to the parts of a tree that they think the animals use.
- Students will begin to recognise that trees are needed by all different kinds of animal for all sorts of reasons.
This lesson is an ideal way for students to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. You and your students will join thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
- Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)
Syllabus Outcomes: STe-8NE.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.7.
Topic: Schools Tree Day.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Masking tape, Student Worksheet – one printed copy per student.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students could compare habitat trees from a variety of other countries.
Keywords: Animals, birds, insects, reptiles, fish, nature, biodiversity.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.