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Learning objects Garden detective: Australian garden [ESL]

TLF ID L6782

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. Collect different creatures and find out what features they have. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate an environment that contains 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 differentiate between the similarities and differences of living things.
  • Students gather information on the diversity of garden animals.
Educational value
  • Features modified language for English as a Second Language use.
  • Features a glossary of words used in the learning object.
  • Features audio support for instructional and feedback text.
  • Includes a word and sound game that highlights the names of creatures used in the learning object.
  • Demonstrates the different features of creatures and the particular features of insects.
  • Encourages students to return creatures to their habitats after collection.
  • Provides specific and instructive feedback to student selections.
  • Provides demonstrations of student tasks.
  • Includes an option to print information as well as pictures of each set of four collected creatures.
Year level

F; 1; 2

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Life and living
  • 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:
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Trish Robinson
  • Address: Mosman NSW 2088 Australia
  • Educational validator
  • Name: Dr Christina Gitsaki
  • Address: St. Lucia QLD 4072 Australia
  • Technical implementer
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
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.