For over 340 Australian Native Animals a Hollow is a Home.
Presented by Abbie Mitchell, the author of A Hollow is a Home, this workshop provides understanding of how an ecosystem works as it explores the roles, adaptations & needs of an eclectic group of mammals, birds, reptiles & frogs, united in their dependence on a tree hollow.
2020 NSW NESA Syllabus Links:
PLACES ARE SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT (GE2 – 1,2,3)
THE EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT (GE2 – 1,2,3)
FACTORS THAT SHAPE PLACES (GE3 – 1,2,3)
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
LIVING WORLD (ST2-4LW-S, ST2- 2DP-T, ST3-2DP-T, ST3-4LW-S)
MATERIAL WORLD (ST2-2DP-T, ST3-2DP-T)
Featuring dynamic imagery, fun animation, & a display, this engaging presentation stimulates curiosity & provides clarity around essential environmental themes by using tree hollows as the common link between an eclectic range of Australian animals.
Themes covered by the presentation include:
Growth and survival of living things (diversity, needs, behaviour, interdependence & life cycles)
Adaptations of living things (structural and behavioural features)
How sustainably managing environments benefit all living things
The significant roles of different animals (such as for seed dispersal & pollination)
Threats to our environment
Hollow Heroes: Identifying & creating habitat for local species
Allow 45 mins (includes Q&A session & viewing display).
In this hands-on building workshop, students will work in teams to assemble 5 different nesting boxes from simple kits by using a lightweight cordless screwdriver. (Up to 4 rolling workshops across the school day).
The nesting boxes have different specifications to highlight the specific needs of some locally occurring hollow using species. Students will compare the boxes to consider how their differences make them more suited to particular species.
One assembled nest box will remain with the school. The other nest boxes will be dismantled for use in further workshops.
Following building, students will access a display including nesting boxes, hollows and scale models of select hollow using species and animal clues.
Allow 45 minutes
Each workshop includes a signed copy of the book A Hollow is a Home