Activity details: Students design their own investigation to record biodiversity in the school ground. They will decide on strategies to investigate species diversity and ecosystem diversity. Their goal is to find out if there are relationships between species diversity and different habitats (mini ecosystems).
Learning goals for this activity include:
1. Design an investigation to find out how species diversity is affected by habitats around the school.
2. Identify different habitats around the school and link these with different types of ecosystems.
3. Collect data about the school species diversity in different habitats.
4. Organise all the data collected by all the students to analyse and draw conclusions.
Year levels: 7 and 8
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/outdoor
Duration of activity: 120 mins+
Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, ICT.
Teacher input: Assist and review student designed investigations. Review students conduct and safety code when working outdoors. Make sure students have worked out how their data will be combined before they start collecting data.
Resources needed: Computers, photocopied maps of the school, writing equipment, clipboards or tablets, observation tools including digital cameras.
Homework and extension opportunities: Some parts of this activity can be set as homework.
Australian Curriculum Link:
Year 7 Science:
- Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
Year 7 Mathematics:
- Identify and investigate issues involving numerical data collected from primary and secondary sources (ACMSP169)
Year 8 Science:
- Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships, including using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS144)
Year 8 Mathematics:
- Investigate techniques for collecting data, including census, sampling and observation (ACMSP284)
- Explore the practicalities and implications of obtaining data through sampling using a variety of investigative processes (ACSMP206)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-7WS, SC4-15LW.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.