How good is your David Attenborough impression? Create mini ecosystems in a shoebox with natural materials from around your home, and perhaps you can practise narrating nature and start on the path to becoming a world-famous ecologist.
Lesson guides and printables
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12
- fresh air
- be creative
Time required: 40 minutes
Curriculum connections: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking
Tips for Parents and Carers
This can be a messy craft session and might be best done outside.
Remind your kids not to tear up the garden searching for materials. Take only what’s fallen to the ground, and take only what they need.
Encourage your kids to get creative in their representations. Their ecosystems do not have to have perfect looking trees. Use what’s available in combination with your imagination.
You might like to go for a walk around the neighbourhood and talk with your kid/s about what ecosystems they can see and what they contain.
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.