Students design and implement a variety of projects around the school that will enhance the biodiversity of their school and the local area.
- 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
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 Outcomes: ST3-6PW, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.
General capabilities: Critical 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.
- 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
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