Caring for Critters

Caring for Critters’ is a one-day Science and Technology and Environmental Education program focusing on the needs of living things. Students will learn about the needs of living things, (particularly animals living in urban and suburban areas), and participate in a range of science and creative arts based activities focused on these animals. The environmental focus will be on developing positive values and attitudes towards the environment, particularly a caring attitude towards living things.

The program has three main components:

  1. Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the program
  2. A whole day program in the city at the Observatory Hill EEC
  3. Follow up activities to consolidate and further develop knowledge skills, values and attitudes learnt during the program

During the program at the environmental education centre, students will:

  • View and interact with live Australian animals (including receiving a painted ‘face tattoo’ of their favourite animal)
  • Learn about things that help or hurt birds and colour a bird image to take home
  • Take part in a simple scientific experiment to learn about the effect of pollution on bird’s feathers
  • Make an animal face mask and take part in an animal ‘dreamtime’ story
  • Undertake an invertebrate hunt and magnify caught specimens to observe features
  • Plant an Australian plant to take back to school (or home) to help enhance local habitats for Australian animals and birds

This program supports the Science and Technology Stage 1 Syllabus in the areas of Working Scientifically and Living Things, the cross curriculum content of Sustainability and the General Capabilities of Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social Capability. It also supports the Primary Connections unit Feathers, Fur or Leaves.

Cost: $60 per class (for craft materials and native plants), plus animal display costs (minimum $270 for up to 60 students)

Pre visit activities

Examples of Pre-Visit activities could include:

  • Teaching students songs about Australian animals e.g. ‘Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree’.
  • Familiarising students with, and making a collage of, Australian native animals and birds.
  • Researching the different habitats of Australian native animals.
  • Teaching students to take responsibility for caring for the school environment.
  • Familiarising students with Aboriginal culture and the way Aboriginal people cared for the environment.
  • Reading Dreamtime stories about Australian animals.
  • Identifying ways people can change the environment both positively and negatively.
  • Creating models of Australian animals from recycled materials.
  • Viewing Invertebrate Explorer a Field of Mars EEC digital book for iPads and Macs. This resource supports living world, Australian animals and studies on invertebrates. The resource also supports the Primary Connections Schoolyard Safari topic and is free to download.

Risk Assessment Proforma – Caring For Critters

Syllabus Outcomes

HSIE Science and Technology: Visual Arts
  • SNES1 Gathers information about natural and built environments and communicates some of the ways they interact with, and can care for these environments.
  • ENS1.6 Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between environments and people.

 

  • ST1-11LW Describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things
  • VAES1.1 Makes simple pictures and other kinds of artworks about things and experiences.
  • VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.

Environmental Education Objectives:

  • K1 The nature and function of ecosystems and how they are interrelated
  • K2 The impact of people on environments
  • S2 Adopting behaviours and practices that protect the environment
  • V1 A respect for life on earth
  • V3 A commitment to act for the environment

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site and timing
Activity Student OutcomesStudents will be able to: Program in Action
In the EEC Australian Native Animal Display 

  • View and interact with live Australian animals (including receiving a painted ‘face tattoo’ of their favourite animal)
  • Describe ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things
  • Identify and describes ways in which living things grow and change
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In the EEC Caring for Birds

  • Learn about things that help or hurt birds and colour a bird image to take home
  • Identify the needs of birds
  • Make simple pictures and other kinds of artworks about things and experiences.
  • Make artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.
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In the EEC Investigating pollution on birds

  • Students will take part in a simple scientific experiment to learn about the effect of pollution on bird’s feathers

 

  • Investigate the effects of pollution on birds feathers by performing a simple scientific experiment
 In the EEC Why the Platypus is special

  • Make an animal face mask and take part in an animal ‘dreamtime’ story
  • Make artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.
  • Participate in a simple role play and singing activity
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In the EEC grounds Schoolyard Safari

  • Undertake an invertebrate hunt and magnify caught specimens under a Proscope to observe features
  • identify different places in the environment that provide for the needs of living things
  • observe features of microorganisms and perform a simple classification exercise
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In the EEC grounds Planting a native plant to take home

  • Plant an Australian plant to take back to school (or home) to help enhance local habitats for Australian animals and birds
  • Appreciate behaviours and practices that protect the environment

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