Quick summary: Students investigate a local biodiversity issue within their community. They use a range of local sources to find out what their community is most passionate about.
- Students understand how local communities including local government operate.
- Students create criteria that identifies the most significant biodiversity issues and discover what issues the local community seem to be most passionate about.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.5.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 9 Science:
- The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228)
Year 10 Science:
- The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE230)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-11PW.
Time required: 60 mins x 2
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet, Excel, back issues of the local newspapers, writing material, white board or smartboard, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: None
Keywords: Biodiversity, ecosystem, investigation, community, data.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.