In the virtual Mangroves and the Environment exploration, students adopt the role of Junior Ecologists to investigate the importance of mangrove forests along Wynnum/Manly foreshore. Students sequence key stages in crab and mangrove lifecycles and gain an understanding of how living things depend on each other to survive.
Throughout this virtual exploration there is a focus on feeding relationships between plants and animals in the ecosystems observed.
A letter-to-the-editor published in the Wynnum Herald provides stimulus, generating questions about the value of mangroves and their importance to humans and other organisms.
Students, in the role of junior ecologists will:
- Explore open ocean and mangrove ecosystems virtually.
- Sequence the key stages in the lifecycles of mangroves and crabs.
- Identify the interconnections between plants, animals and the environment (food chains).
- Justify the importance of mangroves in Moreton Bay.