Resilient Australia - How can I help as a citizen scientist?

Resilient Australia - How can I help as a citizen scientist?

Lesson 16 of 18 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will find ways they can make practical contributions to the environment as citizen scientists.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • contribute to a citizen science program.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • evaluate the benefits and challenges of a citizen science program
  • explain an existing citizen science program
  • communicate with an audience to encourage participation with a citizen science program.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 6 Science:

  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100).

Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems and inform decisions and identify historical and cultural contributions.

Syllabus outcomes: ST3-7PW.

General capabilities: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – support students through independent work.

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

  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Digital literacy
  • Initiative
  • Leadership

Additional info

We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.

If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

This lesson was made in partnership with
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