Learning about living things in lower primary classrooms

  • Published on February 7, 2020

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Science learning is an important part of one’s education. It incorporates learning in biological, chemical, earth and space, and physical sciences. It is often integrated with learning from other areas and referred to as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).

Biological Sciences — Living Things

In the first three years of school in Australia, the curriculum states that, in the biological sciences, children will learn about living things, including their:

  • basic needs
  • external features
  • homes and habitats
  • stages of life

The development of these science understandings (content) is just as important to the education of children in other countries too.

Here, at readilearn, we have many lessons to support your teaching of these concepts and have uploaded a new resource this week. You can find out more about what’s available in the Science Biology resources. While the resources mainly focus on non-fiction texts, there are other fun ways to engage children while they learn.

honey bees cover

Honey Bees — a digital non-fiction text about honey bees to read online

honey bees interactive

Honey Bees — Interactive — this interactive digital test follows up the Honey Bees ebook and is designed for teaching the features of a non-fiction text

Let's find out about sea turtles cover

Let’s find out about Sea Turtles — an interactive digital non-fiction text about sea turtles to read online

interactive quiz about sea turtles and living things

What do you know about Sea Turtles? A quiz — a fun, interactive online quiz that reinforces learning from the non-fiction text

non-fiction digital non-fiction text about alpacas

Let’s find out about Alpacas — a free digital non-fiction text about alpacas to read online

Insects and other Minibeasts

Keeping and observing insects and minibeasts in the classroom is a great way of developing children’s curiosity in the world about them while teaching the content of the biological science curriculum in the early years. For this reason, insects and other minibeasts feature strongly in readilearn teaching resources.

Resources include:

Code for caring

Code for caring — a printable poster to remind children to care for the environment and its creatures while they explore

suggestions for displaying minibeast research projects

Minibeast project suggestions for ways children could present their minibeast project information

minibeast diary of observations

My Minibeast Diary — a printable cover and instructions for recording minibeast observations at home or in the neighbourhood

Butterfly Diary

Butterfly Diary — printable pages and cover for a book in which children record their observations of butterflies in the classroom

My minibeast abc printable

My Minibeast ABC — a printable booklet for recording a list of minibeasts in alphabetical order

A fun game to assist learning — The Junior Entomologist Game

Junior Entomologist Game

The Junior Entomologist Game is a fun way of integrating learning in science, reading and maths while also developing socio-emotional skills. Children take turns to move around the printable game board, earning points by asking, answering and researching questions about insects and minibeasts as they go. The original game includes a set of information cards about twelve minibeasts which children read to find out the answers to questions, which are also included.

introducing new resources on readilearn

A new addition

This week I have uploaded a new set of questions cards which can be used with the game as an alternative to Set 1 and so extend the use of the game.

The Insect Series Question Cards for the Junior Entomologist Game

The Insect Series Question Cards for the Junior Entomologist Game are based on the books in the Insect Series by Rebecca Johnson. I introduced Rebecca and her Insect Series to you in this post.

Author spotlight Rebecca Johnson

The interview can be downloaded and printed as an Author Spotlight.

To play the game using the Insect Series Question Cards, children need a copy of each of the ten books in the Insect Series which, if you don’t already have them, can be purchased from Rebecca Johnson’s website.

As in the original version, children move around the board and, when they land on a ‘Question’ space, ask questions based on the books. The children then find and read the answers from the books, developing knowledge, reading and research skills, all at the same time.

These resources are only a few from the Biological Science collection. Check out the others here or click to browse all readilearn teaching resources for the first three years of school.


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    Thank you, Robbie. I find all minibeasts fascinating, and they work so hard for our environment. I’d prefer to not share my house with many of them though. I’d rather they stay outside. 🙂 It sounds like you need to study bees from a distance. An allergic reaction is not pleasant.

    Great nonfiction books with printable activities. Love how many of the nonfiction books are poetic and lyrical. You may also want to check out a book shared today on PPBF today: Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Flemming. It’s outstanding! A lot of nonfictions shared today, similar to your share.

    Thanks for the recommendation, Patricia. The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera sounds like my type of book. 🙂

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