Habitat Hunters is a two-hour incursion where students are charged with saving 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 this for 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 bring more life. By comparing the built to the natural environment, students will gather evidence for their later argument.
Centre teachers will also bring the creek to school and students will observe the range of macro invertebrates that can be found within the sample to assess the overall quality of water. Charts are used to identify the macro invertebrate using their external features and to categorise it in terms of its 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 lend tubs of flowering plants to the school so that students can catalogue insect populations over time and observe the benefits of 'greening' built areas around school.
- Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017
- Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211).
Science as human endeavour
Nature and development of Science
- Science involves asking questions about and, describing change in, objects and events (ACSHE021).
Use and influence of Science
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022
Science inquiry skills
Questioning and predicting
- Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024
Planning and conducting
- Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions (ACSIS025
- Use informal measurements to collect and record observations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS026
Processing and analysing data and information
- Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables and through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS027
- Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS029)
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029).
- Through discussion, compare observations with predictions (ACSIS212).
- Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213).
- Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024).
Curriculum Actvity Risk Assessment - Year 1 - habitat hunters (PDF, 604KB)
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