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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This activity has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of educators use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Join the program and take part in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 23rd March 2018. You can also involve family and friends in Earth Hour on Saturday 24th March 2018 8:30-9:30pm.

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.

 

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.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, and is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Download the Earth Hour starter kit for your school: Earth Hour for Schools

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 mig

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What is a healthy ocean?

Draw a picture of a healthy ocean.

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