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Australian Conservationists: Ian Kiernan – Comprehension Worksheet

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    Updated:  10 Jul 2024

Learn about Ian Kiernan and his conservation work with this 2-page reading passage and accompanying comprehension questions.

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Pages:  6 Pages

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  • Years

    Years:  4 - 6

teaching resource

Australian Conservationists: Ian Kiernan – Comprehension Worksheet

  • Updated

    Updated:  10 Jul 2024

Learn about Ian Kiernan and his conservation work with this 2-page reading passage and accompanying comprehension questions.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  6 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  4 - 6

Learn about Ian Kiernan and his conservation work with this 2-page reading passage and accompanying comprehension questions.

Who Was Ian Kiernan?

Ian Kiernan was a famous Australian conservationist and advocate for clean, healthy environments. He was an avid sailor and was greatly saddened by the pollution he encountered on his voyages. In 1989, Ian decided to do something about this problem. He started a project called ‘Clean Up Sydney Harbour’, which later developed into an annual, nationwide event called ‘Clean Up Australia Day’. In 1993, a global event called ‘Clean Up the World’ was launched.

Ian Kiernan passed away in 2018, but his legacy lives on. Thanks to his dedication and hard work, millions of people around the world are more aware of the importance of keeping our environment clean.

Learn About Ian Kiernan During National Science Week 2024

The theme for National Science Week 2024 is “Species Survival – More Than Just Sustainability”. The theme is one that resonates strongly with Ian Kiernan’s work to conserve environments for all species to enjoy.

This reading passage and comprehension activity have been designed by our teacher team to educate your students about the conservation work of Ian Kiernan. It explains how one person’s idea can grow into something truly incredible and make a real difference on a global scale.

After reading the passage, students are then required to answer 10 comprehension questions based on the content in the text. Questions include multiple-choice, true/false and free-response questions.

Download for National Science Week 2024!

Use the dropdown menu on the Download button above to access either the easy-print PDF  or the Google Slides version of this resource. (Note: You will be prompted to make a copy of the Google Slides template before accessing it.)

As this resource contains an answer page, we recommend printing one copy of the entire file before removing the pages you wish to photocopy for the students.

Please consider printing this resource double-sided for sustainability purposes.


This resource was created by Kaylyn Chupp, a Teach Starter collaborator.


Resources for Celebrating Clean Up Australia Day

Did you know that Teach Starter has a selection of resources that specifically target conservation events such as Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day? Click below to sample teacher-created resources you can use to shine a spotlight on these events in your classroom!

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