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More minibeasts

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The term ‘minibeasts’ covers a wide range of small animal species including macroinvertebrates found in the Ecolinc wetland and compost minibeasts living in the Ecolinc compost bins. 
Sampling and identifying minibeasts provides opportunities for students to observe a range of animal species, features, behaviours, habitat and dietary requirements and interrelationships.

Key Learning Question

How do we classify minibeasts and what do they need to survive?

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Understand that minibeasts have features that enable them to live in particular habitats.
  • Identify a range of wetland minibeasts and observe their characteristic features.
  • Determine the importance of minibeasts in the food web. 
  • Investigate the needs of minibeasts.


Students will:

  • Use the interactive minibeast discovery program to determine the habitat requirements of various minibeasts.
  • Identify a range of wetland macroinvertebrates and their features.
  • Create wetland food webs using plants, minibeasts and other animals and explore the interrelationships between the organisms. 
  • Research the habitat and dietary requirements of a minibeast and produce a ‘biojar’ to replicate their needs. 

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)


Ecolinc offers the following outreach option:

The ‘More minibeasts’ program for Years 3-4 builds upon the knowledge gained in the ‘Minibeasts’ program for Years F-2. However, this program can be independently undertaken.