Outdoor Learning - The Giving Tree

Outdoor Learning - The Giving Tree

Lesson 5 of 8 in this unit

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  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Social
  • Outdoor Learning
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Lesson summary

Students reflect on the way they view and use trees, and how poetry can be used to express ideas and convey messages about conservation.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the value of trees beyond their material property

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • understand the many ways we can assess 'value'
  • communicate the value of trees via the medium of poetry

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Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - HASS - Business and Economics
Students learn to:

  • identify types of resources, including natural, human and capital, and how they satisfy needs and wants (AC9HS5K08)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking,Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:

By the end of Year 5, students explain the nature of resources, and how they meet needs and wants.

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

  • communication
  • critical thinking

Additional Info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - guiding the lesson and assisting students, as needed.

This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.

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