Ask students to make connections between termites and their own
lives. By asking students to brainstorm questions and anecdotes
arising from their own lives, background knowledge can be
activated. Also, students with less background knowledge may
benefit from hearing other students' connections.
Meet the Termites - What is the social structure of termite
Present and discuss different perspectives and experiences of
termites. Groups collate words they expect to find in
Meet the Termites. Cluster these and use as headings for a
retrieval chart on termites.
Meet the Termites
Interdependence - Why are termites the life-blood of savanna
Think, pair and share activity prior to students exploring this
Impacts - How do weeds, feral animals and wildfire threaten
What could threaten savanna ecosystems? Brainstorm and cluster
Offline students create a Consequence Map or a Futures Wheel
showing one of the key impacts on tropical savanna ecosystems
(social, cultural, economic and environmental).
Using a Futures Wheel learners place an event (impact) in a
circle in the centre of a document. Consequences from this first
event are placed in a second ring of circles, then a third, and so
on. The futures wheel identifies expanding consequences.
What are some possible solutions?
What might impact on termites? Describe/illustrate the
Students revisit their thinking to the key question - Why are
termites the life-blood of Australia's tropical savannas? What
would they now add or change? In their learning journal, students
record their answer.