Purposeful Plants

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Investigate a range of native plants and the adaptations they have that allow them to survive in the Australian environment. Aboriginal educators will provide an Indigenous perspective on living with, and from, the native bushland and explain the different uses of these plants as foods, medicines and raw materials for tools and weapons.

Stage 4 Science
2 hours
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
$13 per student. Minimum charges apply

What happens?

  • Explore native plants and their adaptations. Compare the structural features of different plants and learn about how these allow them to survive in a variety of Australian environments
  • Learn about the features and properties of these plants that made them useful to the first Australians
  • Record observations, including diagrams, and draw conclusions about similar/different adaptive strategies.

Students will...

  • Explain how the features of some Australian plants and animals are adaptations for survival and reproduction in their environment

  • Describe the role of the flower, root, stem and leaf in maintaining flowering plants as functioning organism

  • Discuss how the observations and understanding of the structure, function and life cycles of native plants are used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • Research how a knowledge of physical properties of natural materials is used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in everyday life, e.g. tools, weapons, utensils, shelter, housing or bush medicine

  • Describe the scientific principles used in some traditional technologies used and developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The educators were very engaging and motivated the students.

Teacher, St Charles Ryde
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