Some students may need individual support during this activity depending on their sensory needs (sunlight), anxiety (noises), and allergies.
Have students count the plants and describe them, for example 6 small bushes, 4 grassy plants, 3 trees and a large bush. Discuss ways to represent each plant. Students may draw a representation of each plant or use a coloured shape to represent different plants. As students present the information, discuss the need for title and other text that may help others ‘read’ or interpret the information.
To simplify the task, students could just take photos outside using a camera or tablet and then back in the classroom, use those photos to do variations of the above tasks such as tallying the number of different plants they saw or the number of different colours in a photograph.
|Position||Ground covering||Soil: What it looks like||Soil: How it feels||Non-living|
|Mostly in sun||Bark chips||Grey and sandy||Dry and dusty||Rocks and log|
|Bee||5||On plant flowers|
|Slaters||6||Under leaf litter|
|Brown spiders||3||Under leaf litter|
|Ants||Lots (more than 50)||Everywhere|
|Worms||13||All in soil|
Student sample 1, using Explain everything
Student sample 2, using Explain everything
Digital Technology focus
In Digital Technologies, representing data refers to the way data is symbolised, visually treated or provided in audio. For example, at this level data about animals may be represented as images of each animal, emotions may be represented as emojis, and weather data may be represented as icons for wind, rain or describing the amount of sunshine. Presentation of data deals with the format it may be presented in, such as in a table, T-chart or Y-chart, a picture graph or a bar graph.
We may collect data through observations, by survey or from other sources. Data often comes to us unorganised, so the first step is to sort the data by common characteristics or attributes; then arrange the data to help make sense and look for patterns; and finally present the data visually.
For students at Years 3-4 the focus is on how the same data can be represented in different ways. An example of this is data in a table as text can be presented as images.