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Learning objects Rainforest: use signs and symbols


Look at photos showing how a ranger has repaired damage to the rainforest caused by people. See examples of common symbols such as toilets, no smoking and tourist information. Match photos of places of interest in the rainforest with map symbols such as ferns, forest floor and wildlife. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words. This learning object is the fifth 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 relate a text to their own knowledge and experiences.
  • Students identify the meaning of a text by referring to illustrations.
  • Students follow a sequence of instructions.
Educational value
  • Illustrates and explains the purpose of common map symbols.
  • Provides opportunities to match symbols with authentic photographs of a rainforest.
  • Contains a glossary of difficult terms and their pronunciation.
Year level


Learning area
  • English;
  • Mathematics
  • English/Language
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • English/Information
    • English/Unfamiliar vocabulary
    • English/Comprehension
    • English/Brief texts
    • English/Critical literacy
    • English/Signs and symbols
    • English/Multimedia texts

    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.