Year levels: 7 and 8
Activity details: Students explore examples of genetic diversity and explain its significance within the larger concept of biodiversity.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Recognise that each individual organism has all of its features, adaptations and internal chemistry coded in its genes.
2. Link the conservation needs of a species with genetics diversity i.e., for groups of individuals within in a region potentially having different genetics diversity compared to the same species in other regions.
3. Show how genetic diversity assists survival in a species.
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Duration of activity: 60 mins+
Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, English.
Teacher input: Keep linking students’ work back to genetic diversity.
Resources needed: Internet and library access, writing materials.
Homework and extension opportunities: Some parts of this activity can be set as homework.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 7 Science:
- There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
- Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
Year 8 Science:
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-7WS, SC4-14LW, SC4-15LW.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.