What is a Habitat?

What is a Habitat?

Lesson 1 of 7 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
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Lesson summary

Students will investigate habitats, including how they vary from each other and how they meet the needs of living things.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore how the physical conditions of habitats provide the living things within them with food, water, and shelter.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe what a habitat is and how they differ from each other
  • explain how habitats meet the needs of living things.

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Lesson details

Skills

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

  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • curiosity
  • digital literacy
  • reflection

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

  • Investigate the physical conditions of a habitat and analyse how the growth and survival of living things is affected by changing physical conditions AC9S6U01

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:
Students can explain how changes in physical conditions affect living things.

Syllabus outcomes: ST1-4LW-S

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

  • Target 15.5: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species

Resources Required

  • Board (black, white, smart or butcher’s paper)
  • Device to show videos to the class
  • Research resources (either books and reading material about plants and animals or access to online search tools)
  • Student worksheet

Additional Info

This unit of lessons, along with the other units in the Skills and Jobs For a Transitioned Economy package, aim to teach students how to be climate solution entrepreneurs. These lessons will equip students with the relevant skills and knowledge of jobs and career pathways that will be able to sustain our economy once it has transitioned away from fossil fuels. Cool.org thanks our philanthropic partners, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Boundless Earth, for their generous contributions in helping us to create these resources.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – instigate and lead discussion, facilitate independent research

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