Year 5 Science Lesson. Part 2. (this lesson complements the Year 5 Science Lesson. Part 1)

Inquiry question: What are safe methods to collect insects / reptiles during a biodiversity survey?


Science and Technology Challenge:

Your team will survey a location in the school grounds for insect or reptile biodiversity. Design, make and evaluate a prototype of a safe method to collect insects or reptiles. Consider risks and how they will be overcome.

o  Discuss the variety of insect or reptile life students have noticed at school, parks or home.
o  Establish whether students think there are many different types of insects or reptiles within the school grounds and at where they
    can be found.
o  Introduce the term biodiversity and ask students what they think the word means.
o Access the Bush Blitz TeachLive resource, Bush Blitz TeachLive Project, An Education Unit for Primary Teachers through the
   Bush Blitz TeachLive website at http://bushblitz.teachlive.org.au/index.php/resources/resources.
o Ask students what their understanding is of the term, biodiversity. Use a Think, Pair, Share strategy for students to share the
   current understanding of the term with a partner or a small group.
o Direct students to page 12, point 2 Species diversity. Read and discuss the explanation of species diversity.
o Ask students how they think scientists would know what insects or reptiles diversity would exist within a habitat, for example a
   location at their school.
o Discuss how scientists may gather, trap or collect insects or reptiles, for example, use a net or have a shallow dish buried in the
   ground, tapping leaves and branches so insect may fall into a container (eg. shoe box).
o Challenge students to think of logical safe and reliable methods. Encourage students to be creative and think divergently and test
   their ideas and reasons between one another.
o Present the technologies design challenge, You are to survey a location in the school grounds for insect of reptile biodiversity.
   Design, make and evaluate a prototype of a safe method to collect insects or reptiles.
o Have photos of ideal areas within the school to survey for insects or reptiles. Determine best locations to undertake an insect or
   reptile survey to establish the level of biodiversity within the school grounds.
o Allow students thinking and working time to work cooperatively to design a collection method to gather insects or reptiles. Remind
   students to list the risks and how they will remain safe when using their prototype.
o Students create a prototype of their collection method.
o Allow students to test and evaluate their prototypes.
o View the ABC Splash video, Behind the scenes at the Australian
   Museum (http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/digibook/1911146/behind-the-scenes-at-the-australian-museum) which features an    
   Australian Museum expert scientist discussing how they work to discover new species of insects.