Learning objects Garden detective: group Australian animals

TLF ID L1119

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students recognise that the environment contains many living and non-living things too small to be seen clearly without magnification.
  • Students classify tiny animals from the environment in a number of ways.
  • Students recognise that many small living things have similarities and differences to larger living things.
  • Students appreciate the diversity of plants and animals.
Educational value
  • Introduces the term habitat as a place where a creature finds food and shelter.
  • Enables students to virtually explore a garden, collect and group animals with similar features.
  • Includes a magnifying glass for looking closely at animal body parts.
  • Prompts students to return the creatures to their habitat.
  • Provides feedback for incorrect student choices in the grouping activity.
  • Includes audio instructions.
  • Includes printable worksheet with information about the student's chosen creatures.
Year level

F; 1; 2

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Living things
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Classification
    • Science/Groups
    • Science/Habitats
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.

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