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Year 7: Organising organisms

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Organising Organisms is a full-day program in which students adopt the role of Ecologists to identify organisms in two different habitats, St Helena Island and Moreton Bay. They will use their classification skills to design useful dichotomous keys that can be used by other students visiting these areas. They will use their understanding of feeding relationships to analyse changes to an ecosystem and develop and justify a conservation management strategy.

St Helena plus Inspiration program - up to 60 students can be accommodated in two groups, with each spending half the time aboard Inspiration and half exploring St Helena Island.

Out on the water students’ conduct investigations into the physical features of the different planktonic organisms through the use of microscopes and a plankton trawl.

On St Helena students will identify animals and classify them as native or introduced. Students will determine the cause and effect relationships of the introduced species on the island ecosystem. Throughout the day there is a focus on classification and organisms feeding relationships in the ecosystems observed.

Curriculum intent - Science

Australian Curriculum

Science understanding

  • Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)
  • Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
  • People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (ACSHE121)

Science Inquiry Skills

  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions based on evidence (ACSIS130)
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Last reviewed 14 June 2019
Last updated 14 June 2019