Activity Introduction

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Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... identify the relationship between an invasive and native species on Kangaroo Island
  • ... consider the factors that might lead to growth or decline in the populations of these species.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • … explain three factors that have lead to a decrease in the population of a native species.
  • ... explain three factors that have lead to an increase in the population of an invasive species
  • ... connect these factors to the impacts of bushfires
  • ... analyse the costs and benefits of different approaches to population control.

Teacher content information: This lesson uses the Flora, Fauna Fire resource from The Conversation. This resource examines and describes the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires on native flora and fauna species.

Important: Talking about bushfires often involves addressing sensitive issues. Bushfires are innately linked to death and dying, and as such, may evoke str

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Do you think all cats should be kept indoors at all times?

1. Read The Conversation - Fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island is teeming with feral cats. It’s bad news for this little marsupial 

Part A: Article Analysis Activities

1. Name the type of biological relationship between the Kangaroo Island Dunnart and the feral cat.

 

2. Use the article, as well as your own inferences and prior knowledge, to record why these populations have changed.

Reasons for decrease in the population of

Kangaroo Island Dunnart

To what extent have the bushfires caused these changes?

(Completely/Majorly/Minorly/Not at all)

 

Reasons for the increase in the populations of

Feral Cats

To what extent have the bushfires caused these changes?

(Completely/Majorly/Minorly/Not at all)

2. The article touches on three potential strategies to control populations

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