Schools Tree Day - Investigate a local issue

Schools Tree Day - Investigate a local issue

Lesson 8 of 9 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Citizen Science
  • Conservation
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students investigate a local biodiversity issue within their community. They use a range of local sources to find out what their community is most passionate about. As a result of their investigation students are empowered to undertake positive action in their local environment.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand how local communities – including local governments – operate
  • create criteria that identifies the most significant biodiversity issues
  • discover what issues the local community seem to be most passionate about
  • suggest reasons why some issues have opposing views within the community
  • take action to make changes in the local community.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 English:

  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)

Year 9 Science:

  • The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228)

Year 9 Mathematics:

  • Compare data displays using mean, median and range to describe and interpret numerical data sets in terms of location (centre) and spread (ACMSP283)

Year 10 English:

  • Identify and analyse implicit or explicit values, beliefs and assumptions in texts and how these are influenced by purposes and likely audiences (ACELY1752)

Year 10 Science:

  • The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE230)

Year 10 Mathematics:

  • Evaluate statistical reports in the media and other places by linking claims to displays, statistics and representative data (ACMSP253)

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinkingEthical understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2., OI.5, OI.6.

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-11PWEN5-2A, EN5-8D

Time required: 2 x 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate students sharing their ideas.

Resources required

  • Internet, Excel, back issues of the local newspapers, writing material, white board or smartboard
  • 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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