Wombat Rex: YEAR 2 - Science - Explain
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.
Explain - Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables and through discussion, compare observations with predictions
Theme - TERRAIN
After viewing Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 2 ‘Wombat Rex’, engage students with the following activities focusing on how living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
Refer to how Aboriginal peoples and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples used their knowledge of the land to be able to survive under severe conditions. Through their knowledge of the landscape, weather conditions, and the identification of land formations, they could find water, food and shelter when they needed. Suggested resource:
Have students explore and document how Aboriginal people navigated their way across the land. Land formations and the stars played an important part in directing Aboriginal peoples and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples from one place to another.
- Australia’s First Astronomers
- Aboriginal Skies
- Songlines: The art of navigating the Indigenous world
- A shark in the stars: astronomy and culture in the Torres Strait
- Kaartdijin Noongar – Noongar Knowledge
- Australian Aboriginal Astronomy
Treasure hunt map: Developing students’ own navigation skills.
Have students create a treasure map for an imaginary land. The map must include the compass points, illustrations of land formations and/or looking up into the sky. The students should write or record three instructions for others to find where they have hidden the treasure. Invite students to display their treasure maps, and share their ideas with the class.