Lesson Plans

Years F,1-2 | I wonder what lives here?   

Students will become Earthwatch Explorers by using their senses to explore sections of the school using science equipment and techniques. They will capture images of what they see in their chosen “exploring spot” on the school grounds, and create a collage using natural materials found in and around that spot. Students will  research their insect/bug/creature and create a booklet with facts and information about it. They will then present their booklet and collage to others in a classroom exhibition event.

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Year 1 | Schoolyard Safari Bug Study

Students brainstorm what they think they know about small animals living in different places where their needs are met. Students will then investigate a selected habitat eg school compost, vegetable garden, garden bed or tree lot. They’ll explore features, behaviour and habitat of different small animals. Students at this age can usually readily name common larger animals such as birds and lizards residing in playground environments but don’t generally have broader conceptual understandings of insects and other invertebrates living in the same habitats, in particular, their features and reasons for different behaviours.

These lessons works well if an area of the school containing several habitats can be investigated by teams at once. If not, have students’ complete investigations of different habitats over several sessions so adequate supervision of the class can be maintained. Lesson 4 will need to be done over several sessions to allow for quality work.

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Year 7-8 | Science | Land: A vital resource

Natural vegetation has been removed to make way for a variety of land uses including agriculture, forestry, mining and urban development. Some natural ecosystems have been more heavily impacted than others.This will have implications for biodiversity. Through this lesson, students will develop an understanding of changed in land usage in south-west Western Australia. This activity could be altered to suit other regions of Australia.

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Year 7-8 | Science | Understanding some of our creatures

Students will have the opportunity to learn about animals that have been impacted by the change land usage in the south west of Western Australia. Through this, they will also learn about conservations status levels, appreciate the importance of the red list, and develop and understanding if conservation programmes are in place or not, that assist the species under study.

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Year 7-8 | Science | Citizen science: giving service and having fun!

In these two lessons, students will understand what is meant by ‘Citizen Science’, research the breadth of Citizen Science opportunities, and understand how these also provide an opportunity for travel. They will be asked to contribute to effective involvement in a collabortative and co-operative team, to deliver a quality presentation.

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Year 7 | Science | A Tragedy of the Commons

The first of these two lessons provides an introduction to the human impact on food webs while incorporating Indigenous perspectives and knowledge. The second activity is designed to allow students to experience and investigate Hardin’s (1968) tragedy of the commons phenomenon. It addresses the misconception that there is an unlimited amount of fish in the world’s oceans; when in fact fish are a renewable resource only if appropriate numbers remain to reproduce and fulfill a given species role in a food web.

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Year 7 | Taxonomy | Classification of organisms

To introduce students to classification keys and the reason we classify organisms. Students will create a new branch onto an existing classification key, and create an organism that has all of the required traits (based on the existing dichotomous key) and the new trait from the added branch.

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Year 8 | Geography | Biodiversity and species

A sequence of four lessons. The first lesson provides the foundational knowledge and understanding required by students to meaningfully participate in the remainder of the lessons. In this lesson, students will discover the answer to the questions: What is biodiversity? What are species? In the second and third lessons, after learning what species are and the importance of biodiversity, students will discover the species of plants and animals that are present within their school grounds. In the last lesson, they will represent the data visually (e.g. pie charts, column graphs) using digital technologies.

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Biodiversity project implementation toolkit

A toolkit designed for teachers and educators to assist with implementing a biodiversity project in their school, and how to go about local partnerships with different organisations.

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Useful Websites and Apps for Teachers

Click here to access an interactive pdf with links to great websites and resources to use in your classroom! We will update this as new resources are identified.