Animal habitats

Garden detective: Australian garden

This online resource is a game that simulates an Australian garden.

The resource is an ABC Splash Flash-based interactive game that allows users to investigate the ecology of an average Australian garden.

Students can explore, find, collect, read about and classify a range of creatures commonly found in an Australian garden, including: crickets, wasps, slaters, ants, and dragonflies. In all there are 24 creatures to find.

Old Bernie's Pond

This online resource introduces the concepts of habitat management.

The resource is a Scootle interactive that teaches students how people's actions can have positive and negative impacts on the health of a water environment.

Students learn about the effects of pollution and introduced species, and take positive action to restore the health of a pond by planting native species and removing sources of pollution.

Classroom Antarctica

This online resource provides information on Antarctica and its wildlife.

Students can also access information from scientists on the processes involved in the Southern Ocean ecosystems and the Antarctic climate.

They can access interviews and images to gain an understanding of the exploration and history of Antarctica along with the activities associated with its environmental management and treaty law. 

The great barrier grief

This online resource looks at the environmental concerns facing the Great Barrier Reef.

The resource is an old ABC News web page with information on the risks to the Great Barrier Reef due to plans to develop major ports along the Queensland coastline.

Students can gather information from the included infographics to explore the water quality, marine life and health of the reef as it was when the information was recorded.

Students could also use this information to compare the changes in this situation between then and now.

The place that’s right for me

This online resource is a basic introduction to animal habitats.

This is a Scootle resource in the form of an interactive challenge for Year 1 students that requires them to make decisions about animals and their habitats.

Students can explore how animal body parts and functions are suited to their needs within their respective habitats by exploring simulated environments of different animals' habitats. It presents data on each animal, including diet, and details the relationship between its physical characteristics and adaptation.

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