Taronga Zoo - Rainforest heroes: iPad app

Primary KLAs:
English, Mathematics, Science and Technology
Educational levels:
Year 5, Year 6


Screenshot showing a female explorer against a rainforest background.

This iPad app provides an experience of Taronga Zoo's stunning Wild Asia rainforest trail. Guided by volunteer researcher Heidi Greentree and a GPS map, students create a PDF field report using the photographs they have taken, observations made and information collected. This can be emailed for further research and discussion once back at school. The app’s ‘Did you know?’ content and the video footage provide factual support. The chosen photographs, correct field observations and the virtual food selected for the animals all drop into a field report which is editable and can be used for follow up back at school. Free for iPad on the App store or through the Taronga Zoo Education Centre while on excursion.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(EN3-2A) composes, edits and presents well-structured and coherent texts

(EN3-6B) uses knowledge of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary to respond to and compose clear and cohesive texts in different media and technologies

(MA3-17MG) locates and describes position on maps using a grid-reference system

(EN3-8D) identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts

(MA3-18SP ) uses appropriate methods to collect data and constructs, interprets and evaluates data displays, including dot plots, line graphs and two-way tables

(ST3-1WS-S) plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions

(ST3-4LW-S) examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU043) Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

(ACSIS093) Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts

(ACELY1707) Use a range of software including word processing programs with fluency to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements

(ACELY1717) Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts

(ACSSU094) The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment

(ACMSP118) Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey

(ACELY1714) Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audie

(ACSIS110) Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts

(ACMMG113) Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Zoos, Software, Observations (Data), Creating texts, Animal behaviour, Satellite navigation, Habitats, Grid references
File type:
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Resource ID: d0b12e9e-cf58-4916-89e3-861530d05db1