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.
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- Students will begin to recognise that trees are needed by all different kinds of animal for all sorts of reasons.
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.