Learning objects Garden detective: New Zealand garden

TLF ID L1181

Search for small creatures in a New Zealand garden. Find animals such as a bumblebee, a weta and a woolly bear caterpillar. 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 a combination of two objects in the same series.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students recognise that 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 small animals and group animals with similar features.
  • Prompts students to return the creatures to their habitat.
  • Includes a magnifying glass for looking closely at animal body parts.
  • 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
Strand
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Living things
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Classification
    • Science/Groups
    • Science/Habitats
    Skill
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC 3130 Australia
    • 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
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.