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Learning objects The night of the bilby: find food


Look at a desert environment where bilbies and other animals live. Listen to a description of the habitat. Help bilbies to gather food such as seeds, bulbs and spiders. Avoid being eaten by predators such as cats and foxes. Find enough food before the night ends. Then find a burrow to shelter in. Notice that rabbits compete for the same resources as bilbies. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify factors that threaten the survival of bilbies.
  • Students identify features of an ecosystem that bilbies depend on for their survival.
Educational value
  • Highlights the threats to the survival of an endangered Australian species by using an animated game-based activity.
  • Provides students with images and brief texts about the bilby and its habitat.
  • Simulates the behaviour of a predator species and the dangers faced by the bilby in its habitat over the period of a single night.
  • Provides feedback to events during the activity.
  • Supports repeated use by encouraging students to explore ways to help a bilby reach safety.
Year level

F; 1

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Food
    • Science/Environment
    • Science/Survival
    • Science/Shelter
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Games;
    • Experiment
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Adam DeMooy
    • Address: St Kilda VIC Australia
    • Script writer
    • Name: Pam Rushby
    • Address: Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073 Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
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    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.