If you are looking for something a little different for your child's online learning look no further. The activities on this page have been developed for students by the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group, with help from local teachers.
The children of today are our future landholders and decision makers so teaching them early about declared pests makes sense.
Start with the feral animal flash cards and move through the activities or skip to the most appropriate learning level. Younger learners will need help from parents or teachers.
The PHBG online learning worksheets have been created using the typeface OpenDyslexic. It was designed by Abelardo Gonzalez to avoid some of the common reading errors caused by dyslexia.
Feral flash cards
Designed to be printed and laminated (but can survive as paper too) these flash cards are a fun way for kids to learn the difference between some of our local feral animals, common native animals and pets. The backs of the flash cards have interesting facts and information.
Step 1. Print and cut along the lines.
Step 2. For early learners you may wish to start by simply building their recognition of the animal. After a period of time, you can introduce talking points by asking questions such as, 'what animal makes a good pet?'; 'how do we look after our pets so they don't escape?'; 'what could happen if our pet escaped?'; 'what animals live our local bushland'.
Step 3. For independent learners give them a set time to learn key facts, across all of the flashcards (e.g. what the animals typically eat) or subsets of the flashcards (e.g. how feral animals impact the natural environment). Then quiz them on their knowledge.
Problem Solving - Beginner
Problem Solving - Advanced
You have completed the crime file, now its time to make a wanted poster of the culprit.
Focus on the defining features of your criminal. For a bit of fun, exaggerate these features.
Why not learn some cartooning skills to complete this task.
Communication - advanced
Choose a feral animal to create a poster that will get noticed if it is displayed at your public library, shire office or at a community event.
A good layout with supporting images, fun facts and illustrations can help others learn about your chosen subject.
You can do your project online or in hard copy. CANVA is an online design tool with loads of free templates to choose from. It's what we used to make the worksheets on this web page.
Remember to explore the PHBG website for information about your chosen feral animal.