Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students role-play animals of the ocean and are asked to think about how these creatures interact with each other, and how these interactions are important to the life and health of the ocean.

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Learning goals:

  • Students understand that marine animals interact with other animals and with the reef.
  • Students recognise that marine creatures play an important role in keeping our oceans healthy.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Australian Curriculum Link:

Year 1 Science:

  • Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
  • Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS027)

Year 2 Science:

  • Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables (ACSIS040)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-4WS, ST1-10LW, ST1-11LW

Topic: Biodiversity

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate activity.

Resources required: Open space, white or blackboard, art materials.

Digital technology opportunities: None.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Games, fun, interaction, dolphins, sharks, whales, fish, stingray, crabs, turtle.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students understand that marine animals interact with other animals and with the reef, and recognise that marine creatures play an important role in keeping our oceans healthy.

Hot tips: In this activity you will encourage your students to move around a lot, so be sure to have some open space for them to move in.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin by asking your students to think about what animals they might find in the ocean.

Also ask them what these animals might eat and where in the ocean they might live.

Record the responses on the board or somewhere where all students can see them. For example:

ANIMAL

EATS

LIVES

Sharks

Fish, Dolphins

Everywhere underwater!

Whales

Krill

Everywhere underwater!

Dolphins

Fish

Likes calm, sheltered beaches

Sting-rays

Shellfish

On the sea floor and in the water everywhere

Fish

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What is a healthy ocean?

Draw a picture of a healthy ocean.

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