A branch stands in a bucket and sticks, leaves and gumnuts litter the floor in the ‘bushland’ area of the classroom. A koala, kookaburra, ring-tailed possum and sugar glider sit and hang in the branches. Kangaroos are on the ‘ground’ along with assorted snakes, ants and insects. By the windows, a green tree frog sits on the rafters looking down at the hanging vines, sand, ‘mangroves’ and crocodiles who live in the ‘crocodile habitat’ below. The geographical areas and animals reflect our unit of work this term: Australian Animals.
The children choose one animal to study. They write a ‘What am I?’ for a class big book – and they learn interesting facts about that animal. For example, did you know that:
- really hungry crocodiles will eat bats?
- most kangaroos can only move both back legs together and not one at a time?
- green ants can carry up to 20 times their weight?
- wombats have backward-facing pouches so dirt does not get over the young as wombats dig?
- koalas sleep about 75% of their time?
How are your units of work refelcted in your classroom?