Habitat Heroes is a full-day program exploring habitats within Moreton Bay. The Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre (MBEEC) teacher sets the scene by revising the concept of habitat and encouraging students to predict habitats that may occur within Moreton Bay. Students are invited to become Habitat Heroes, learning about living things within the Bay and how they can help to protect them.
On the day students voyage onto Moreton Bay aboard our boat, Inspiration. Students participate in a variety of hands-on scientific investigations as they explore the Bay’s habitats and inhabitants. Sediment sampling and sieving, top-deck binocular observations and vision of underwater footage enable students to develop their understanding of the environment above and below the water.
Students walk out onto the intertidal zone at the Manly Foreshore to explore this habitat close up and compare it with the other Bay environments. They discover organisms that reside in this habitat, identify them by examining their external features and consider how their survival needs are met.
Students reflect on their day orally and by producing a pictorial record. They determine how they can apply their learning in order to become Habitat Heroes.
Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017
Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211
Science as a Human Endeavour
Nature and development of science
- Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)
Use and influence of science
People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022
Science Inquiry Skills
Planning and conducting
- Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions (ACSIS025)
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways (ACSIS029)
Literacy- understand learning area vocabulary and use language to interact with others
Critical and creative thinking- identify and clarify information and ideas and organise and process information
Ethical understanding- exploring ethical concepts in context, examining values and reflecting on ethical action
Personal and social capability- develop reflective practices
Cross Curriculum Priorities
Sustainability- All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival
Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments
Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments
C2C: Unit 1 Living Adventure