Activity Introduction

coral-biodiversity-heroQuick summary: In this activity children are asked to investigate our oceans. Younger children are asked to look at animals that live in the sea, and what features these animals have that help them live in the water and how these differ to animals that live on the land. They are asked to ‘build’ an ocean using a tub of water and other sea related materials. Older children are asked to investigate what it means for an ocean to be healthy by looking at waste items commonly found in our oceans, and by building a healthy ocean using a tub of water and other sea related materials.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

 

Equipment needed: Sea diorama worksheet.

Ages – 0 to 2

  • A range of toy sea animals suitable for getting wet. Your selection should include sea animals such as fish, shark, starfish, seahorse etc and should have at least one for each child.
  • A range of sea related materials, such as sand, shells, seaweed and pebbles/rocks.
  • A half full bucket or tub of water.

Ages – 2 to 3

  • A range of toy animals suitable for getting wet. Your selection should include sea animals such as fish, shark, starfish, seahorse etc and land animals such as horse, lion, elephant and bird.
  • A range of sea related materials, such as sand, shells, seaweed and pebbles/rocks.
  • A half full bucket or tub of water.

Ages – 3 to 5

  • A range of toy animals suitable for getting wet. Your selection should include sea animals such as fish, shark, starfish, seahorse etc and land animals such as horse, lion, elephant and bird.
  • A range of sea related materials, such as sand, shells, seaweed and pebbles/rocks.
  • A range of waste materials, such as plastic bag, chip packet, plastic bottle, tin can (all items should be clean and sharp edges covered in masking tape).
  • A half full bucket or tub of water.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

minke-whale©WWFBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to get children thinking about how healthy oceans. Younger children are asked to look at animals that live in the sea, and what features these animals have that help them live in the water and how these differ to animals that live on the land. They are asked to 'build' an ocean using a tub of water and other sea related materials. Older children are asked to investigate what it means for an ocean to be healthy by looking at waste items commonly found in our oceans, and by building a healthy ocean using a tub of water and other sea related materials. Children are then asked to think about how where waste should go (i.e. the rubbish or recycling bins).

Content information: When we talk about biodiversity we are talking about all the plants and animals that live on Earth, including those that live in the oceans. Unfortunately our oceans are also suffering from human activity. Issues like overfishing, pollution and clima

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