Quick 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.
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- 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)
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.
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