Students will find ways they can make practical contributions to the environment as citizen scientists.
- contribute to a citizen science program.
- 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.
Lesson guides and printables
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.
- Art supplies – coloured pencils, paper
- Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
- Factsheet – 10 Principles of Citizen Science
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Digital literacy
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This lesson was made in partnership with
Minderoo Foundation (www.minderoo.org).