Habitat Hunters is a two-hour incursion where students are tasked to save a local habitat from a fictitious development group. The 'Dastardly Brothers' are about to commence clearing a beloved bushland area which surrounds a local creek and the students have two hours to come up with an evidence-based argument as to why the development should not go ahead.
During their time with the teachers of the Centre, students will explore a green area within school and discover more about the variety of living things that rely on it to fulfil their basic needs. The results from this area will be then be compared to an area where the built environment predominates, and students will consider what can be added to this to a greater variety of living things. By comparing the built and natural environments, students will gather evidence for their later argument.
In addition to the exploration of the school environment, students will also investigate the creek environment, where they will observe the range of macro invertebrates that can be found within a sample to assess the overall quality of water. Charts are used to identify the macro invertebrate using their external features and to categorise them in terms of their pollution sensitivity. Information gathered will be used to formulate the students' persuasive argument to the development company.
As an extension to this activity, the Centre can loan tubs of flowering plants to the school so that students can catalogue visiting insects over time and observe the benefits of 'greening' built areas around school.
Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment - Year 1 - habitat hunters
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