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Learning objects The night of the bilby: get home alive [ESL]

TLF ID L9893

Look at a desert environment where bilbies and other animals live. 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 two 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.
  • Features modified language for English as a Second Language users.
  • Includes hyperlinked glossary definitions for some terms used in the activity.
Year level

3; 4

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment;
  • science
  • Science/Life and living
  • Studies of society and environment/Natural and social systems
  • Studies of society and environment/Shelter
  • Studies of society and environment/Ecology
  • Studies of society and environment/Environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Food
  • 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 3182 Australia
  • Script writer
  • Name: Pam Rushby
  • Address: Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073 Australia
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Warwick Mears
  • Address: Cebu Philippines
  • Educational validator
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing 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
  • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for the connection speed of 256 kbps or faster. This object was developed for Firefox 2 and there is potential that there may be audio playback issues in Firefox 3.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.