Wombat Rex: FOUNDATION - HASS- Engage

One night, Nanna teaches Little J, Big Cuz and Levi about the star constellations through stories of the past. At school, Ms Chen encourages the students to investigate the evidence of dinosaurs. Little J and Levi set out to find evidence of dinosaurs themselves, happening upon the fossil of Diprotodon, also called Wombat Rex.

Engage - Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events


After viewing Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 2 ‘Wombat Rex’, engage students with the following activities to support their understanding of continuity and change of, and about, living things; place and space; and perspectives.

Discover what students already know about dinosaurs. Use the names of the ‘known’ dinosaurs and make a list, visible for the class to read. Have students pose questions (ask and respond) about the dinosaur era that they would like to know.

Visit the websites recommended below to investigate what Australian dinosaurs looked like, when and where they lived. In particular, start with Diprotodon, then select another 5–8 dinosaurs (or one per pair of students).

Suggested resources include:

Use the names and images of the selected dinosaurs to develop a word tracing game using

          ‘Identifies a word with an animal’, Flash card game with

Like Little J and Levi in Episode 2 ‘Wombat Rex’, have students draw a picture of what they think Wombat Rex may have looked like. Display the images, physically or virtually, to share with others.