Act Wild – Zoos Victoria
Act Wild is a website and mobile app providing opportunities to take simple real world actions that benefit wildlife. Students learn about different endangered animals and how everyday actions can help. There is also a fantastic section called ‘Wild Schools’ which includes activities and a Teacher’ Toolbox.
This has been adapted by CERES LandLearn’s ‘Beaks and Feet’ activity, which is part of the ‘Biodiversity in Balance’ resource.
1. Look at the first column of the table. Learn about each beak and which birds it belongs to.
2. Use the materials for ‘beaks’ to pick up different objects. Which ‘beaks’ are best for which different types of food?
Biodiversity Snapshots – Museum Victoria
Biodiversity Snapshots helps teachers and students learn more about the animals by combining mobile technology and science. The website provides a field guide, identification tool and way to record your observations all on a mobile device — your phone, netbook, or tablet. Your school can make the observations and participate as a citizen scientist.
Bunjil the Eagle
In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Bunjil the eagle is a creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being. In the Kulin nation in central Victoria he was regarded as one of two moiety ancestors, the other being the trickster Crow. Read the stories from the Jaara people (who live in the area surrounding Bendigo).
Another fantastic learning resource from LandLearn about companion planting and pest control.
1. Match the plants – Pretend your table is a garden. Read each plant card. Place the cards of plants who ‘like’ each other in the same space. Keep the plants that don’t ‘like’ each other away from each other on the table.
2. Introduce the pests. – Pick up the insect cards and introduce them to your garden. If the plants are planted according to their information, the insects may not have an impact BUT the insects will feast if there are unprotected plants!
Wetlands Food Web
This activity has been adapted by CERES from the KESAB Patawalonga and Torrens Waterwatch activity.
As you read the story, join the pictures of the plants and animals by drawing arrows to work out the food web of the wetlands. Re-read the story to check you’ve made all the connections between each plant/animal.