Australian Animals

 
Fantastic Site - for younger children
http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/animals/
Our Animals
Looks at Australian animals, their physical features, food, homes and environment and social groups.
 
The Adelaide teacher, Jackie Miershttp://www.smcc.qld.edu.au/aust_images/Aust_gifs/Austmammals/KOALAS.gif
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/ausanimallinks/index.html
 Birds of Australia
 Some birds of South Australia
 Australian animals - Mammals
Little PenguinAustralian animals - Birds
Australian animals - Reptiles/Amphibians
Australian animals - Marine Fish
 
Great graphics
http://www.smcc.qld.edu.au/aust_images/Aust_gifs/Austmammals/%21austmammals.htm
 
Enchanted Learning - Great site
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/Australia.shtml
Animals
http://www.allaboutspace.com/books/animals/australian/
 
Many animals listed here.
http://home.iprimus.com.au/readman/
 
Easy Learning
http://alex.edfac.usyd.edu.au/BLP/websites/strandseter_3016-01/australian_animals.htm
 
Do you want to find out more about Australian Culture and Natural History? Use these topics to discover facts, images and resources.
http://www.amonline.net.au/explore/
Australian animals online. For older classes or teachers. Includes information about indigenous peoples.
 
Lots of animals listed with links.
http://www.eps.vic.edu.au/aussie.htm
 
An outstanding link site from Western Australia
http://www.trinity.wa.edu.au/plduffyrc/subjects/science/animals.htm
 
Animals of Australia - links from Canada
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/australia_animals.htm
 
Long List of Various Animals
http://www.australianfauna.com/australiananimals.php
 
Our Unique Animals
http://australian-animals.net/
and
http://www.australianwildlife.com.au/
Marsupials
http://www.australianwildlife.com.au/features/marsupials1.htm
http://www.australianwildlife.com.au/features/marsupials.htm
http://www.animalomnibus.com/marsup.htm
Lots of links
http://home.iprimus.com.au/readman/sassy.htm
 
Mammals | Birds | Fish |  Reptiles |  Amphibians |  Invertebrates
at http://www.cookps.act.edu.au/l_ausanimals.htm
 
Some lesson ideas
http://comsewogue.k12.ny.us/curriculum/australia/awesome.htm
 
Photos : Australian animals. ... Echidnas are very special Australian animals, the only monotremes with the platypus.
http://sophie-g.net/photo/oz/anim/e_anim.htm
 
Usually find excellent resources here
http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/sstudies/geog/australia.html
 
Lots of links to different sites
http://www.ntlib.nt.gov.au/glis/educ/info_res/Bibs/TRbythemes/linksbytopic.htm#Mammals
 
Australia Colouring Pages and Pictures
Fantastic pictures
http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/animals/02sitemap.htm  No colouring here.
Print and label the Australian animals
http://www.allaboutspace.com/subjects/animals/label/australia/index.shtml
Colour in pages
TASDE_NB.gif
http://www.ausinternet.com/ettamogah/colour.htm
Colour in pages

http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/maustralianposter.html

Animal Crafts - includes Oceans and Insects
http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/australian.html
Colouring pages http://www.coloring.ws/australia.htm Australian maps and animals.
Pictures
http://www.clickforaustralia.com/AnimalPhotosPage2.htm
Pictures of animals
http://www.pictureaustralia.org/apps/pictureaustralia?action=PASearch&mode=trail&attribute1=collection&term1=%22Australian+Animals+trail%22
Great graphics
http://www.smcc.qld.edu.au/aust_images/Aust_gifs/Austmammals/%21austmammals.htm
Koalas
http://www.billybear4kids.com/animal/whose-toes/toes11a.html

7 pictures to colour in
http://www.quolkids.com/funstuff/activities/colour_sheets/animal_pic_sheets.htm

Quite a few pictures to colour in.
http://fly-away.netfirms.com/colorme.htm

Australian animals to colour in  
http://www.fraynework.com.au/story/colouring/country.pdf

Themed colouring pictures
http://www.coloring.ws/australia.htm

K is for Kangaroo
http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/t/bk-kangaroo.htm

4 pages of pictures http://www.afunk.com/kangaroo/

4 pages of koalas
australia coloring book pageshttp://www.afunk.com/koala/

4 pages of parrots
http://www.afunk.com/parrot/

Lots of Australian animals to colour NEW!
http://ausinternet.com/ettamogah/colour.htm

Great selection of Australian images to colour NEW!
http://www.australiaday.com.au/funandfree/default.asp#sheets

Australian marsupial colouring pages NEW!
http://www.marsupialsociety.org/colouring_in_pages.htm

Colour the Australian flag NEW!
http://www.coloringcastle.com/pdfs/flags/flag-australia.pdf

A map of Australia to colour NEW!
http://www.edupics.com/coloring-pictures-pages-book-australia-1284.htm

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/australian_animals_colouring.htm

Australian animals colouring page

Trace our cheerful koala

Gallery of Australian animals Cute pics. Says they are animated, but not on my computer.

Make a jumping kangaroo.
http://ausinternet.com/ettamogah/jumpkanga.htm

Make a jumping koala
http://ausinternet.com/ettamogah/clkoala.htm

Make a platypus
http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/zoowildanimals/l/blplatipus.htm

Wombat
http://ausinternet.com/ettamogah/wombat.htm

from http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/australia_coloring_pages.htm

All kinds of pictures and puzzles
http://www.geocities.com/aussiekinta/
Learn to draw, standing models etc.

For those who like a colouring challenge
Australian animals | Australian animals2 |
Australian animals3 | Australian animals4 |
Platypus
Australian animals5 | Australian animals6 |
Australian animals7 |

Online colouring pages
http://alldownunder.com/games/color/index.html

Some very "cute" pictures
http://www.colour-in.com/australiananimals.html

Photos
http://community.webshots.com/album/48059806StWDee

Photos
http://home.iprimus.com.au/readman/aussie-pics.htm

From Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cork_/sets/25772/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/73386163@N00/sets/72057594079675372/

Lots of great colour pictures
http://www.manlwestss.eq.edu.au/webtrek/myweb12/new_page_3.htm

Australian art links including Aboriginal art
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/austral.htm

 
An excellent site with alphabetical listings
http://www.australianfauna.com/

Lots of links.
http://www.cookps.act.edu.au/l_ausanimals.htm

Animals by state
http://www.naturebase.net/plants_animals/five_by_five.html

Animals from Nairne Primary School
http://www.nairneps.sa.edu.au/animals.htm

Slide show made by children on 6 of our animals/places.
http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/DE/st_proj/australia/australia.html
 
Dot  to dots
http://ausinternet.com/dots.htm
 
Edna site with easier "listing" sites.
http://www.edna.edu.au/edna/page1439.html
 
Simple lesson plans for Primary School Science teachers available from Dr. John Elfick's site at University of Queensland. Comprehensive program for Years 1 - 6 covering Queensland core topics of Animals, Energy, Human body, Measuring, Plants, Rocks and soils, and Substances.
http://www.uq.edu.au/_School_Science_Lessons/year1to6.html
 
Endangered Australian animals
http://www.spx.nsw.edu.au/src/Links/endanganim.html

Lots of listings
http://www.yprl.vic.gov.au/homework/endangered.html  

Wikipedia Encyclopaedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinct_Australian_animals

 
Wikipedia Encyclopaedia on Australian animals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauna_of_Australia
 
Australian Animals: a Kidcyber integrated unit of work
http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/Austanimalsunit.htm
KidCyber - Animals - select Animals, then click on Australian Animals for easy-to-read information about lots of Australian Animals
 
Small selections
http://www.milamba.com/australia/inhabit/animals/animals.htm
A UK site
http://www.giveusahome.co.uk/australian/animals.htm
WebQuest
http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/fellows/MENTZER/webquest/austan.htm
You have been hired by the curator of the local zoo to help in setting up an Australian animal exhibit. You are expected to research 3 animals and find out the necessary information for him. There is a chart you will fill in with the information that you locate on the Internet, through books, or other resources. You will locate where these animals live on a map so the curator will know where to locate them. When you have completed your research you will present the information to him in a KidPix or Powerpoint presentation, be sure to include a picture of each animal in the presentation. You have been hired by the curator of the local zoo to help in setting up an Australian animal exhibit. You are expected to research 3 animals and find out the necessary information for him. There is a chart you will fill in with the information that you locate on the Internet, through books, or other resources. You will locate where these animals live on a map so the curator will know where to locate them. When you have completed your research you will present the information to him in a KidPix or Powerpoint presentation, be sure to include a picture of each animal in the presentation.

WebQuest
http://www.mhcbe.ab.ca/st_francis/WebQuests/projects/LAP%20AustralianAnimals/Australian%20Animals.htm
You have been hired by the City of Sydney to help in designing  a zoo for the city. You are expected to research 2 animals and find out the necessary information. There is a chart you will fill in with the information that you find on the Internet, through books, or other resources. You will show where these animals live on a map. When you have completed your research you will present the information to him in a PowerPoint presentation, be sure to include a picture of each animal in the presentation.

WebQuest
The Question

The main question you will be asked to find an answer for is:
'What native Australian animals can survive at the Sorell School Farm?'
http://wwwfp.education.tas.gov.au/ictpl/webquest/Mcshane/webquest.htm
 
Games for Australian animals topic
http://www.abc.net.au/messageclub/just_fun/games/emu.htm

Jigsaws
Memory Game. Find the Bunyip.
http://www.fraynework.com.au/story/games/find_b.html
 

  AUSSIE STORIES

How The Kangaroo Got His Tail     How The Cockatoo Got Its Crest

Kangaroo Gets a Pouch      Koobar The Koala and Water

Platypus Plays Tricks     The Adventures of Hoppy 

Choose your story:  Boomer the Roo or Tangles the Emu

Koala Trouble   Choose your own story to read.
There are 15 great stories about Max the Koala

http://www.manlwestss.eq.edu.au/webtrek/myweb12/new_page_5.htm

 
Barbara Braxton site
http://palmdps.act.edu.au/australia_online/bush_babies.htm
Lots of links including links for our mega fauna from long ago.
 
Australia Government site
http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/fauna/
 
Anderson's Creek Primary School site
http://teachit.acreekps.vic.edu.au/animals/default.html
Projects made by kids.
 
Yahooligans listing of links
http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/Around_the_World/Countries/Australia/Science_and_Nature/Animals/
 
Great links site - lots of animal listed.
http://australian-animals.net/
 
There are 7 types of zones in Australia. These are in the:
  • Arid Region
  • Treetops
  • Forest Floor
  • Insect Zone
  • Wetlands
  • Rainforest
  • Oceans
Animals from theses zones are
http://www.herbertonss.qld.edu.au/landofoz/camjeh.htm
 
Link site with quite a few animals listed.
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~slacey/austanimals.htm
Includes an easy reading section http://members.ozemail.com.au/~slacey/austanimals.htm#Easy
 
Some detailed information about some Australian animals
http://www.gigglepotz.com/ausanimals.htm
 
Australia Museum - Fish
http://www.austmus.gov.au/fishes/
 
Australian Fish
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eednieuw/australian/Thumbnails/Thumbnails.htm
 Check the picture to see the spider of your choice.
 
Australian Birds.
http://www.absa.asn.au/aussiebirds.html
 
Native Plants and Animals
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Native+plants+and+animals
 
Marsupials
http://www.touringaustralia.de/Marsupials/index.php
 
A few animals listed
http://www.convictcreations.com/animals/index.htm
 
Optional Extras
ABOUT AUSTRALIA
Extra learning as part of a webquest from http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/australia/
About Australia
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/auzzie.htm
Mixed resources
http://www.abcteach.com/directory/theme_units/social_studies/australia/
Pests and other threats
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Pests+and+other+threats
WebTech - a wonderful site
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/australia.htm
 
Excellent general links
http://www.sunburyhps.vic.edu.au/links/Australianlinks.htm
 
TSOF

by Ann Watkins / Kelley Bockman

Kapunda Primary School

 

Level of Schooling: Reception

Duration: 7 weeks (1 x 50 minutes / week in the computing room)

The Context

 

 
Learning Outcomes
Teaching strategies / Learning strategies
Teacher evaluation

The Context

Areas of Study / Integrated areas:

English 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5a, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9,1.10

Society and Environment 1.13. 1.17

Science 1.7, 1.8, 1.13, 1.15, 1.16

Technology 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.9, 1.10

Our focus was to integrate as many areas as possible. Emphasis on some of these outcomes was stronger than on others, but student activities were planned to achieve all of these outcomes. Kelley and I had one lesson per week to develop the topic in the Computer Room, so we developed the learning technologies section of this unit together. Kelley developed other learning activities to support and extend the scope of the unit in her classroom. We intended to cover a range of computing and software skills as well as developing the students’ knowledge of Australian Animals

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Learning Outcomes

Curriculum area outcomes

  • Recognise that some animals are Australian animals, including some endangered Australian animals
  • Recognise special features of Australian animals
  • Learn names of animals introduced to Australia
  • Name some less well-known Australian animals
  • Understand the terms "pet", "wild animal" and "habitat"

Essential learnings

Thinking

Communication

Learning technology skills

  • Embedding Technology across subject areas
  • Constructing presentations to demonstrate knowledge
  • Saving and accessing work
  • Accessing programmes

Other Learning Technology outcomes

  • Able to adjust Volume control
  • Control Mouse
  • Recognise software icons on desktop
  • Use appropriate vocabulary related to accessing and using software Learn functions of toolbar buttons / tools
  • Manipulating graphics
  • Saving work
  • Printing

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Teaching strategies / Learning strategies

Teaching strategies

  • Demonstration
  • Modelling
  • Defining
  • Describing

Learning strategies

In Class:

  1. Whole class lessons on Australian Animals, endangered Australian Animals, Introduced / Feral Animals
  2. Looking at structure of non-fiction books
  3. Defining terminology
  4. Modelling descriptions of animal appearance, habitat
  5. Modelling alliteration, focussing on characteristics/appearance etc of animals
  6. Modelling innovation on the text "Birds on Stage"

In the Computer Room:

  1. Learn to recognise icons for "Wiggleworks" and "KidPix."
  2. Model processes for accessing "Birds On Stage" book.
  3. Read the book
  4. Students innovate on text to answer the question "What can it be?"
  5. Use the magnet board in "Wiggleworks" to write names of Australian animals
  6. Use "KidPix" typewriter tool to type in an alliteration ( eg Playful Platypus")
  7. Use "KidPix" to create a picture of an Australian animal in its habitat

Assessment task for students:

Create a poster about an Australian Animal in KidPix. Include the food it eats its habitat and explain why it is special.

Notes

The book "Birds On Stage" is a repetitive text and introduces some birds on a stage. Several of the birds were Australian, so it was easy to innovate on the text to incorporate other Australian animals.

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Teacher evaluation

Resources we had available:

Computer Resources – 15 computers in Computer Room (Students had opportunities to work with a partner for some lessons and alone in others)

Software Kid Pix Wiggleworks

Other locations used

  • Resource Centre
  • Classroom

Teacher evaluation: lessons learnt

The success of this unit was assisted by its direct relationship to classroom lessons on the same topic. Each time the class came in to the Computer Room the students were able to share the knowledge they had gained during the week since we last met. The obvious links to other classroom work and the preparation activities Kelley did in the classroom made it easy for students to tackle the computing tasks.

We were ambitious! We didn’t have enough time to do the slideshow we’d originally intended to do and didn’t introduce using Word for the final Assessment item (used KidPix instead). One of the most important lessons we learned was that developing a unit of work with activities that children can do on the computer that are firmly based in a current class topic is ideal. This ensures that the computer is used as a tool for learning, is immediately relevant and uses knowledge the students have already developed.

Student feedback / reflection:

As always much of the learning that the children talked about was not an organised part of the unit. For some students, the particular skills they developed were more important to them than the outcomes we planned, eg keyboard skills such as recognising upper and lower case letters. The students completed a questionnaire as a class at the conclusion of the unit. Some of their comments were: "I learned about (Australian) animals. "I can do pictures in KidPix" "It helped us to read." "It helped us to learn capital letters."

 

 
Further teaching ideas

AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS UNIT for young children
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/austranimls.htm by Jane Karyuka

 

Wayne
Sept. 2006

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