Wild Wild Wetlands
Task 1: Introduction and warm up

Teachers, here is some information you may like to share with your students before watching the episode:

  • This episode explores the wetlands and three animals who call it home, the Freshwater Crocodile, the Barramundi and the Saltwater Crocodile.
  • The conditions are hot and muggy. 
  • The wetlands are wild and full of life.  

 Consider creating a list of unique vocabulary found in Built To Survive, these words can be added to the class spelling list or can be formed into a class glossary for definitions. 

As a warm up activity ask students to name all of the adaptations they predict to be essential as an animal living life in the Australian wetlands.

Remind students that they should not disturb or try to handle wild animals as they can be dangerous. 

Task 2: Watch and document

As a class, watch 'Wild Wild Wetlands' - episode 3 of Built to Survive. While watching, take notes on key facts Phil and the experts share on each of the three animals in the episode. 

 At the end of the episode, choose which animal you think is the one that is without a doubt ‘built to survive’. Form small groups with other students who have selected the same animal. This will be your documentary production team for the next task. 

Task 3: Reflect and collaborate

In your documentary production team, reflect on the episode and the facts your learnt about the animal you believe is the strongest in the wetlands environment - the animal that’s ‘built to survive’. 

Download the planning sheet below to support your planning.

Document a range of facts you would like to share back in your documentary segment. 

Remember to document how the animal and the ecosystem work together to survive and thrive.

Download the planning sheet below to support your planning:

Task 4: Present and share

To prepare for the filmed presentation of your Built to Survive segment, download the below green screen backgrounds and cutaway footage. Then, follow the tips and tricks in the Documentary Filmmaking section of this resource to film and edit your segment.

In this file you will find:

  • 3 x downloadable greenscreen backgrounds
    • Freshwater crocodile  background
    • Barramundi   background
    • Saltwater crocodile background

  • 3 x downloadable cutaways folders with two cutaway clips for each animal
    • Freshwater crocodile cutaways x 2
    • Barramundi cutaways x 2
    • Saltwater crocodile cutaways x 2

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