Early Childhood Education

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Young children, Science teaching, Science activities, Inquiry, Scientific concepts, Educational resources, Lower primary years, Preschool education


This educator resource describes an activity which encourages children to explore ideas about plants in an outdoor environment. They build on their understanding of what a plant is by drawing one and then go outdoors to find examples of plants (a ‘treasure hunt’). This activity allows children to learn about different examples of plants other than flowers, or plants that are grown in a pot. Children often discount other examples of plants such as trees, grass and vegetables. The activity is linked to the Australian Curriculum (Foundation to Year 2) and provides teacher notes about the scientific classification of plants.

Place of Publication

Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research