Students are introduced to the idea of a nature trail through the text “The Bushwalk” by Sandra Kendell.
Students will then begin a nature trail to find items that have been placed along the trail, and also to use their own ‘detective’ eyes to discover any other things of interest (signs of living things). Students will learn about how plants and animals respond to changes in the environment, such as day and night and seasonal changes.
What do plants and animals need to survive?
Students find their favourite leaf and examine with a magnifying glass. Activities are then conducted that help students understand what plants need to survive. Students visit the big old fig tree at Scott’s Bay and learn how plants need certain things to survive, but some animals need plants to survive. Using animal puppets students brainstorm all the different things that animals need to survive and record them under four headings: food, air, water and shelter. The students use pictures of the animals and end up creating a graph.
The students will work in small groups and use model plants and water as well as collected small rocks, logs, leaves and bark, to create a habitat for an animal they have chosen. When their habitats have been created, providing the needs of life (food, air, water, shelter), the animals are placed into them. Each group will then tour the other groups habitats and communicate their choices. All materials are returned to their collection site.
Students play ‘Possum Tag’ – a game designed to consolidate the learning from the day. Students wear possum ears and need to catch their food, water, air and shelter so that they can survive.