Introduction Units of work involving our environment enable your students to immediately apply their learning in the real world giving them greater motivation and opportunities to excel.  Curriculum materials are designed to meet a wide range of educational needs throughout Australia including: 1.     Australian Curriculum 2.     Other... Read more »

Prior Learning

Prior learning activities enable students to value what they already know about a topic. While they establish what students already know, they also help the teacher to identify some of their misconceptions. Prior learning activities can be used as the start of the assessment process.

  1. Year 9 & 10 Biodiversity Powerpoint
    Year 9 & 10 Biodiversity Powerpoint
  2. Mind-Meld Game – Ecosystems
    Mind-Meld Game – Ecosystems
  3. Biowhat?
    Biowhat?

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Can wildlife adapt to climate change? – Year 10
    Can wildlife adapt to climate change? – Year 10
  2. Flipped Classroom – Ecosystem Ecology – Year 9
    Flipped Classroom – Ecosystem Ecology – Year 9
  3. Flipped Classroom – Rewilding our world – Year 9
    Flipped Classroom – Rewilding our world – Year 9
  4. Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
    Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
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  9. Flipped Classroom – Underwater astonishments
    Flipped Classroom – Underwater astonishments
  10. Flipped Classroom – The Majestic Plastic Bag
    Flipped Classroom – The Majestic Plastic Bag
  11. Flipped Classroom – Will your kids be a different species? – Year 10
    Flipped Classroom – Will your kids be a different species? – Year 10
  12. Flipped classroom – Seeing the light with bioluminescence
    Flipped classroom – Seeing the light with bioluminescence
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  17. Flipped classroom – Biodiversity
    Flipped classroom – Biodiversity
  18. Flipped classroom – How do bees help plants?
    Flipped classroom – How do bees help plants?
  19. Seeking a green neighbourhood
    Seeking a green neighbourhood

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Outdoor Learning – Ecosystem Connections – Year 9
    Outdoor Learning – Ecosystem Connections – Year 9
  2. Outdoor Learning – Schoolyard Ecosystem Sampling – Year 9
    Outdoor Learning – Schoolyard Ecosystem Sampling – Year 9
  3. Outdoor Learning – Climate Change in the School Yard – Year 10
    Outdoor Learning – Climate Change in the School Yard – Year 10
  4. Out of Africa – Year 10
    Out of Africa – Year 10
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  9. Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
    Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
  10. Homologous structures in humans – Year 10
    Homologous structures in humans – Year 10
  11. Help a hominin get onto Facebook – Year 10
    Help a hominin get onto Facebook – Year 10
  12. Human evolution and collective learning – Year 10
    Human evolution and collective learning – Year 10
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  17. Darwin versus Wallace – Year 10
    Darwin versus Wallace – Year 10
  18. Phylogenetic Tree – Flipped Classroom – Year 10
    Phylogenetic Tree – Flipped Classroom – Year 10
  19. Fossil music – Year 10
    Fossil music – Year 10
  20. Evidence for evolution – Year 10
    Evidence for evolution – Year 10
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  25. Protected: Speciation – Year 10
    Protected: Speciation – Year 10
  26. Natural selection simulation – Year 10
    Natural selection simulation – Year 10
  27. Natural selection experiments – Year 10
    Natural selection experiments – Year 10
  28. Future evolution – Year 10
    Future evolution – Year 10
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  33. Acclimation versus adaptation – Year 10
    Acclimation versus adaptation – Year 10
  34. Outdoor Learning – Build a Biosphere – Year 10
    Outdoor Learning – Build a Biosphere – Year 10
  35. Interpreting media: Sharks in the news – Year 9 & 10
    Interpreting media: Sharks in the news – Year 9 & 10
  36. Design a coral reef – Year 9
    Design a coral reef – Year 9
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  41. Make the connection
    Make the connection
  42. Biodiversity is more than the sum
    Biodiversity is more than the sum
  43. Local biodiversity issues
    Local biodiversity issues
  44. A bio-diverse community
    A bio-diverse community
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  49. A big issue
    A big issue

Drawing Conclusions

Students are provided with activities that help them further develop their ideas and opinions. T hey describe issues from different perspectives. They identify, examine and justify different points of view.

  1. Museum of human evolution and achievements – Year 10
    Museum of human evolution and achievements – Year 10
  2. Evolution 101 Website – Year 10
    Evolution 101 Website – Year 10
  3. Bio-harmony festival
    Bio-harmony festival

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Biodiversity revegetation project
    Biodiversity revegetation project
  2. Wildlife garden website
    Wildlife garden website

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Peer Assessment Rubric – Presentation
    Peer Assessment Rubric – Presentation
  2. Sample Rubric
    Sample Rubric