Love Your Locals - English and Science Program
Love Your Locals is an integrated program that gives Year 3-6 students the opportunity to practice their literacy skills and present their solutions for wildlife.
Love Your Locals leads students through an inquiry that focuses on two very special Australian species, the Plains-wanderer and the Orange-bellied Parrot. The lessons are designed as flipped classrooms where students can learn at their own pace.
These lessons use a framework called ‘Connect – Understand – Act’ (CUA). This real-world learning framework is based on research into best practice pedagogy. Zoos Victoria uses CUA to educate its visitors and the wider community. The free student webinars, teaching guides and student workbooks contain everything you and your students need to know about how to use this learning tool.
Register your students for free 30-minute student webinars. Zoo Teachers will run weekly Q&A workshops about the Orange-bellied Parrot and the Plains-wanderer. Your students won’t be on camera and will talk via a chat box. They need to be registered by their teacher or parent/guardian.
Choose your species
The Plains-wanderer is, in evolutionary terms, one of a kind. There’s no bird like it in the world. Living in northern grassland plains of Victoria, this critically endangered species is also unique in its behaviour.
One of only two migratory parrots, the Orange-bellied Parrot breeds in Melaleuca, on the west coast of Tasmania, feeding on button grass seeds. Every winter the parrots fly to the south east of mainland Australia. There are very few Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild, but in this case study your class will learn about the innovative ways that Zoos Victoria is making that migration a bit safer for these critically endangered birds.
Teach the Love Your Locals lessons in a sequence or use them as stand alone activities. Resources are provided in MS Word format, so you can easily personalise them to suit your students. The worksheets include instructions so that students can learn independently. All-in-one resource pack zip files are also below.
Lesson 1. Connect
Students will have an experience that engages and inspires them to want to know more about their world. They will listen to, and answer meaningful questions about, a Zoos Victoria podcast episode. There is also an option for students to share what they have learnt with their classmates.
Lesson 2. Understand
Students will transform new skills and knowledge from working memory to long-term memory with repeated practice. They will research either the Plains-wanderer or the Orange-bellied Parrot and turn what they find into a short story.
Lesson 3. Act
Students will master what has been learnt by applying skills and knowledge in real-world contexts. They will investigate their local environment and plan how to care for the wildlife that call it home.
These all-in-one packages of the lessons above are in zip file format so you can download them and extract them on to your computer.