Activity 4 – Data collection, mapping and interpretation

Go out into your schoolyard and look for birds.

  • Note the name of the bird and the place you saw it. Put this information into a table. If you can, take pictures of the birds you see.

The following is a map from the ALA of Theodore, ACT. The red pin marks the middle of an area with a 5 km radius area around the centre of the suburb. Each dot on this map indicates a sighting of a mammal that has been recorded. To see how to find a map of your own area, see User Guide 1 – Finding the species recorded in your area.

A map of the Theodore area showing the bird sightings














  • Draw a map of your schoolyard like the one above to show the location of your bird sightings. On the map design a key to show where each bird was found.


  • Draw a map of your schoolyard like the one above to show the location of the bird sightings. With dots to represent bird sightings, use grid references to show which bird was found at each dot.

Sample of what your schoolyard map could look like














Links to the Australian Curriculum

Depending on the Year Level and the parts of the activity you choose, the following content could be covered by Activity 4.
Year 1
Give and follow directions to familiar locations (ACMMG023)
Year 2
Interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative positions of key features
Year 3
Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (ACMMG065)
Year 4
Use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps (ACMMG090)
Year 5
Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language (ACMMG113)