Backyard Bush Blitz - Schoolyard Bush Blitz

Backyard Bush Blitz - Schoolyard Bush Blitz

Lesson 4 of 4 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Citizen Science
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will learn about the importance of insects by watching a clip and participating in a brainstorming activity. They will then conduct a schoolyard Bush Blitz, where they find insects and plants in the schoolyard and draw pictures of them. They will then research ways to attract insects and write a letter to the school management about implementing insect attracting initiatives.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the importance of insects
  • understand how to find and identify insects in the schoolyard
  • understand ways to attract insects.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the importance of insects
  • conduct field research
  • identify and draw insects
  • write a persuasive and informative letter to share with an audience
  • work collaboratively and independently.

Lesson guides and printables

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 Science:

  • Plan and conduct reproducible investigations to answer questions and test hypotheses, including identifying variables and assumptions and, as appropriate, recognising and managing risks, considering ethical issues and recognising key considerations regarding heritage sites and artefacts on Country/Place (AC9S7I02)
  • Write and create texts to communicate ideas, findings and arguments for specific purposes and audiences, including selection of appropriate language and text features, using digital tools as appropriatee (AC9S7I08)

Syllabus outcomes: SC4-5WS, SC4-9WS

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students plan fair experimental methods, identifying variables to be changed and measured. They communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific language and appropriate representations.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Backyard Bush Blitz – Year 7

Resources required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Bugs And Slugs ID Chart
  • Bush Blitz Information Sheet to show on the board
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Tongs or any implements that can be used to turn over rocks while looking for insects – one per pair


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Problem solving

Additional info

Time required: 75 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and letter writing

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