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Learning objects Rainforest: make signs


Make signs to give information about places of interest in a rainforest. Make signs about four topics: temperate rainforest; forest floor; tree ferns; and tree goannas. Use sample text to build your own signs: heading; opening paragraph; two facts; and a conclusion. Find the locations you have described on a map. Take photos to add to your signs. Finally, place your signs on map locations by matching them with symbols. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words. This learning object is the last in a series of nine objects. Eight objects in the series are also packaged as a combined learning object.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students decode texts by interpreting visual elements.
  • Students understand the literal meanings presented in texts.
  • Students identify the meaning of a text by referring to illustrations and text structure.
  • Students follow a sequence of instructions.
Educational value
  • Models the content and structure of a factual description, including selection of a photograph.
  • Provides opportunities to assemble factual descriptions and match them with authentic photographic images of a rainforest.
  • Provides opportunities to relate symbols to descriptive labels.
  • Contains a glossary of difficult terms and their pronunciation.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • english
  • English/Speaking and listening
  • English/Reading and viewing
  • English/Writing
  • English/Information
  • English/Unfamiliar vocabulary
  • English/Multimedia texts
  • English/Signs and symbols
  • English/Comprehension
  • English/Brief texts
  • English/Critical literacy
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling;
  • Multiple choice questions;
  • Comprehension activity
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Subject matter expert
  • Organisation: Deakin University; Faculty of Education; Consultancy and Development Unit
  • Address: Burwood VIC 3125 Australia
  • URL:
  • Technical implementer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 27 May 2014
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • 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
Platform requirements
  • Hyperlinks to definitions of tricky words may fail if using Flash Player v.8 (security settings prevent Javascript launching a new browser window).
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.