Schools Tree Day - Enhancing Biodiversity through Schools Tree Day

Schools Tree Day - Enhancing Biodiversity through Schools Tree Day

Lesson 6 of 11 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Citizen Science
  • Conservation
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students design and implement a variety of projects around the school that will enhance the biodiversity of their school and the local area.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that different kinds of projects enhance different aspects of biodiversity. 
  • recognise that planting indigenous species is important for biodiversity.
  • understand that biodiversity projects on school grounds need to relate to land use and the local physical conditions. 

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science:

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)

Year 6 Science:

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-6PW, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.

General capabilitiesCritical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Time required: 60 mins (plus planting)

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Lead discussion, review students’ findings in this unit when it is relevant.

Resources required

  • School grounds map
  • Whiteboard or smartboard
  • Resources from previous biodiversity activities, local indigenous nurseries information and contacts
  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet

Additional info

Following this lesson is an ideal way for students to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. You and your students will join thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.

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