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Students identifying weeds
Using this resource students can:
- gather and interpret data about plant pests (weeds) living in a local green space
- identify and learn about introduced weeds and how they affect native plants and animals
- begin to understand how weeds have an impact on the environment and wider ecosystem.
Level 1-4 Science
- Living World: Planet Earth and Beyond Level 1 and 2: Interacting systems: Describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions.
- Living World: Ecology Level 3 and 4: Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to changes, both natural and human-induced.
- Nature of Science: Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Understanding about science, Participating and contributing.
- Gather and interpret data
- Use evidence
- Critique evidence
- Interpret representations
- Engage with science
English: Listening, Reading and Viewing
- Getting to know plant pests in your green space - Students have outdoor experiences to spark their interest in weeds.
- Planning an investigation - Start or continue a learning inquiry about plant pests. Students reflect on knowledge and then ask questions about plant pests.
- Gathering and reflecting on data about weeds in your green space - Survey and identify weeds in your green space. Students add to their knowledge, reflect on predictions, and use and critique their evidence/data about pest plants.
- Finding out more about weeds and how they change an ecosystem- Students identify how weeds could change local ecosystems.
- Sharing knowledge and taking next steps- Students share their findings with the community and then take the next steps in exploring and enhancing their green spaces.
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