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Earth Alive – an action based investigation of local biodiversity

Lesson Overview:

Earth Alive is a 10-week action based biodiversity unit for grade 5 and 6 students, with biodiversity teaching resources and activities that focus on authentic scientific investigation that results in local action. The biodiversity activities explore school grounds' involvement and culminate in a Schools Tree Day planting action project.

Year Level/s:

5, 6

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Geography, Science

National Curriculum Codes:

ACHGS033, ACHGS034, ACHGS035, ACHGS038, ACHGS040, ACHGS041, ACHGS042, ACHGS045, ACSHE083, ACSHE100, ACSHE217, ACSHE220, ACSIS086, ACSIS103, ACSIS231, ACSIS232, ACSSU094

Strand Content Description:

Geography

  • ACHGS033 - Develop geographical questions to investigate and plan an inquiry.
  • ACHGS034 - Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from primary and secondary sources, for example, people, maps, plans, photographs, satellite images, statistical sources and reports.
  • ACHGS035 - Evaluate sources for their usefulness and represent data in different forms, for example, maps, plans, graphs, tables, sketches and diagrams
  • ACHGS038 - Present findings and ideas in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, graphic, tabular, visual and maps; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate.
  • ACHGS040 - Develop geographical questions to investigate and plan an inquiry.
  • ACHGS041 - Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from primary and secondary sources, for example, people, maps, plans, photographs, satellite images, statistical sources and reports.
  • ACHGS042 - Evaluate sources for their usefulness and represent data in different forms, for example, maps, plans, graphs, tables, sketches and diagrams
  • ACHGS045 - Present findings and ideas in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, graphic, tabular, visual and maps; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate.

Science

  • ACSHE083 - Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives.
  • ACSHE100 - Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives.
  • ACSHE217 - Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions.
  • ACSHE220 - Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions.
  • ACSIS086 - With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems.
  • ACSIS103 - With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems.
  • ACSIS231 - With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be.
  • ACSIS232 - With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be.
  • ACSSU094 - The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment.

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capabilities

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Sustainability

Curriculum Connections:

English

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Climate, Data Collections, Decision Making, Discoveries, Experiments, Growth, Habitats, Health, Lifestyle, Plant Growth, Predictions, Problem Solving, Research Questions, Technologies

Theme/s:

Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Unit of Inquiry

Secondary: Fact Sheet, Multimedia, Worksheet

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Earth Alive – an action based investigation of local biodiversity

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Earth Alive Planet Ark 2011

Earth Alive Planet Ark 2011

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