Activity Introduction

coral-biodiversity-heroQuick summary: In this activity students work in groups to research coral reef ecosystems and create a newspaper page featuring news from the coral reef, including advertisements, opinion pieces, news stories, and wanted ads. Students share their newspaper page with classmates for editing.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

Learning goals:

  • Students identify key features of coral reef ecosystems.
  • Students recognise core elements of newspapers and news print media.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 English

  • Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced (ACELT1612)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
  • Reread and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features (ACELY1705)

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 English

  • Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways (ACELT1618)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
  • Reread and edit students’ own and others’ work using agreed criteria and explaining editing choices (ACELY1715)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-10LW, ST3-11LWEN3-2A, EN3-7C

Topic: Biodiversity

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity and assist students with research

Resources required: Internet access, students worksheet, materials for making mock newspaper pages (optional).

Digital technology opportunities: Desktop publishing program for making newspaper page (optional), digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Coral reef, newspaper, molluscs, fish, coral, cetaceans, crustaceans, jellyfish, marine reptiles, birds.

 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Great-Barrier-Reef-hero-CA-260x300 fixedTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students identify key features of coral reef ecosystems and recognise core elements of newspapers and news print media.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, these kids have been taught to be active recyclers, aware of renewable power alternatives, and informed about the devastating effect of pollution on our pl

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Student Worksheet

greate-barrier-reefThought starter - How many different species live on the Great Barrier Reef?

What group of animals are you looking at:

 

Write a description of the creatures in this group - what are the features or characteristics of creatures in this group?

 

List 5 creatures or types from this group that live in the coral reef ecosystem and write at least one interesting or important features for each creature.

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Using these same 5 creatures, write down where these creatures live within the coral reef.

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What do these creatures eat?

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What ‘role’ do these creatures perform in the coral reef ecosystem? What are their relationships with other parts of the ecosystem? (For example, does your creature provide a food source for many other creatures, or do they remove waste from the reef, or do they provide shelter or protection for other creatures?)

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