Activity details: Students refine the concept of biodiversity through investigating ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity. They create a communication product that explains the importance of biodiversity.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Understanding the complexity of the concept of biodiversity.
2. Distinguishing between ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity.
3. Applying the concept of biodiversity to conservation.
4. Building communication skills.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 Science:
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164)
Year 9 English:
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
Year 10 Science:
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS198)
Year 10 English:
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-4WS.
Year levels: 9 and 10
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Duration of activity: 60 mins +, depends on the amount of time used for research.
Learning areas addressed: Science, English, Geography.
Teacher input: Facilitate students sharing their ideas about an alternative.
Resources needed: Internet access, digital projector or smartboard.
Homework and extension opportunities: Do some of the research at home.
Keywords: Ecosystem diversity, species diversity, genetic diversity, research.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.