Right Under Your Nose: YEAR 1 - HASS - Explain

When the power goes off, Big Cuz, Nanna, Little J and Old Dog go to the beach. They use bread to catch hermit crabs, which in turn are used to catch a ‘bluebone’ fish. Big Cuz learns how to fish, Nanna makes a fire to cook the fish, and Little J finds a large clam shell to take to school the next day.

Explain - Interpret data and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps

Theme - BIRDS

Revisit Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 4 ‘Right Under Your Nose’, and concentrate students’ attention on the sea environments. Ask students which animal is the greatest scavenger of rubbish on the beach - the seagull (video clip).

Ask students if they have ever encountered and watched the seagulls at the beach. Invite them to share their experiences of having food stolen by a seagull. Invite students to read/view a selection of books/video clips on seagulls, such as:

Or other books/video clips, such as:

Discuss with students some characteristic they observed about seagull behaviours at the beach and list these on the IWB/board. Have students suggest other birds you find at the beach, such as pelican, penguin, heron, mutton-bird, bitten, Oystercatcher, etc.

Divide the class into groups of three, and ask students to access information on an Australian sea/beach bird (prevalent in the local area) and to prepare a short verbal report for the class.

Information to find might include:

  • common name and scientific name of the bird
  • drawn image listing and identifying the special characteristics of the bird
  • sourced image/s of the different varieties of the bird
  • a map of where the bird is found in Australia
  • a list of foods the bird eats, and what eats the bird
  • an illustration of the bird’s lifecycle
  • the preferred environment or habitat of the bird
  • whether the bird is nocturnal or diurnal

The information should be entered on a species identification card or template and all of the cards can contribute to a class catalogue on Australian beach birds.

To gather their information on the birds, direct students to relevant websites such as:

Using the images of the different birds, invite students to develop their own ‘matching game’, or ‘questions and answers game’ (or a version of Angry Birds). Advancement in the game could be based on a student’s knowledge of Australian shore birds.

Students could emulate the following card/online games to design their own game: