Activity details: In this activity, students are asked to research an animal species that lives in their area. They are to construct a mini Muir web that explains the integration between their chosen animal and other aspects of the natural and human influenced environment. Their diagram will show how this animal fits into its ecosystem, the impacts on the ecosystem, and what might cause it to become extinct.
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Research in detail the integration of a chosen animal with all aspects of its environment showing how it is part of a larger ecosystem.
2. Create a mini ‘Miur web’ diagram that demonstrates student learning of ecosystems.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of how an animal influences an ecosystem and how humans can impact the animal.
Year levels: 9 and 10
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Duration of activity: 45 mins
Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, English, Sustainability, Arts.
Teacher input: Assist students in researching species and in creating the Miur web. Lead students in a class discussion.
Resources needed: Internet access, A3 paper, drawing materials, copy of ‘Activity sheet 1’ to show example of how a Muir web is set out.
Homework and extension opportunities: Parts of this activity can be completed as homework. This activity also has an opportunity for extension.
Keyword: biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, research, Muir web, food web, food chain.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 9 Science:
- Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)
Year 10 Science:
- The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-14LW.
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