UOI#5 Sharing the Planet

Central Idea:

Maintenance of animal habitats is essential for their sustainability

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Ways animals can be classified
  2. Our responsibility to ensure sustainability
  3. The impact of introduced species


Responsibility – What is our responsibility?

Change – How has it changed?

Causation – Why is it the way it is?


Duration: Wk#7 Term 3 – Wk#1 Term 4

Summative Task

There are two options.  Both options involve small groups and recording your research on the prepared A3, two-sided sheet.  The 2nd option is an extension task and includes completing Option #1.

Option #1

Choose an animal and look at the threats to its habitat.

Describe what is causing the changes.

Describe the effects on your chosen animal.

Option #2 Action Plan (an extension to Option #1)(action component)

Complete Option #1 and then create an action plan to either:

  1. work towards saving an endangered animal, or,
  2. encourage people to take action to prevent an animal becoming endangered.

The presentation sheet includes the following questions:
Who – Who is the species?

Where – Where does this species live?

What – What is the threat?

When – When is this likely to happen?

Why – Why is this species important to protect? Why is this threat happening?

How – How can people work together to protect this species?

These questions will cover the unit’s three concepts: connection, causation, change.


National Geographic for Kids http://www.ngkids.com.au/animals – videos on endangered animals – humpback whales, great white sharks, polar bears, puffins, “Turtles Return” http://www.ngkids.com.au/places/turtles-return

Feral animals and weeds – http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/edresources/FeralAnimalsAndWeeds.htm

Invaders – Feral Animals & Pests in Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYld25z-JU

Feral cat and fox control http://www.australianwildlife.org/field-programs/feral-cats-and-foxes.aspx

Threats to Australian wildlife extinction http://www.australianwildlife.org/wildlife.aspx

Classes of animals – http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/animal_classes.htm

Whales (StudyLadder) pack of information.  Whales are endangered and are protected around the world except for Japan and Iceland.

Endangered Animals

Australia’s critically endangered animal species

List of six critically endangered animals in Australia