The Caretakers

A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small yet mighty creatures who keep the world turning – beetles.

This film was submitted to the SCINEMA 2021 International Science Film Festival and was selected to feature in our Animals, Nature and School categories. The filmmaker has kindly allowed us to continue to show the film beyond the festival. Watch it below and download the accompanying educational resource for fun activities to use with your students.

Video Length: 21:26 mins

Film Description

A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small yet mighty creatures who keep the world turning – beetles. They have been successful for millions of years, yet they’re in serious trouble; what does the future hold for these incredibly important animals, and for us if they disappear?

Lesson Inspiration

This film looks at the huge variety of beetle species, their function and the adaptations they each have that make them well suited to their role within the ecosystem. It demonstrates the different features of beetles and how they use them to survive. The film also shows how beetles have changed over large timescales (through evolution) and small timescales as they change from a grub to an adult.

Useful when:

Learning about the features of living things, the uses of these features and the lifecycles of beetles. This resource is useful to compare the difference between species, and the important role that they all play in their ecosystem. It could be used when teaching about the important role different species play in their ecosystem or when learning about the specific adaptations species have that make them well suited to their environment and their role within it.

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Year: 2, 3, 4, 5

Topics:

Biological Sciences – Living Things, Ecosystems

Additional – Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding.

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence and Ecosystems, Form and Function, Diversity and Evolution

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the Southern Hemisphere! The 2021 festival is now over but we have permission for some of the films and their associated educational resources to use with your students.

Each resource is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and contains hands-on activities for your students. Designed to engage and inspire, these resources demonstrate STEM careers and skills to your students, encouraging them to be curious thinkers, problem-solvers and contributing citizens within society.