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The Natural Environment of Africa - Inquiry Task

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 8 pages | Years: 4

An inquiry task focusing on the natural environment of the grasslands of Africa.

In this inquiry task, students imagine they are a zoo keeper at Taronga Zoo (located in Sydney, Australia). The zoo has just announced plans to open a new ‘Animals of Africa’ exhibit. The welfare of the plants and animals in the new exhibit is the zoo’s top priority.

The students must use their knowledge of African plants, animals and climate to plan one of the animal enclosures.

Inquiry Questions

• What is the climate (temperature/rainfall) like in the grasslands of Africa?
• What is the climate (temperature/rainfall) like in Sydney, Australia?
• Will your animal adapt easily to the Australian climate?
• What types of vegetation (plant life) will be needed in the enclosure?

This teaching resource includes:

  • a detailed overview of the inquiry task
  • various scaffold and planning worksheets
  • reflection questions.

This inquiry task could also be used as an assessment piece .


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  • Tonia Poggioli

    I would love this inquiry pack to offer the choice of different Australian States as well as being differentiated for the more capable students whom are capable of researching the average temperature and rainfall. Thank you.

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

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