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Exploring EcoSystems – Virtual Excursion

F-Y2: How are ecosystem, biodiversity and habitat connected? Why are non-living elements of an ecosystem important? What can we do to improve ecosystem health?

Y3-10: What do Ecosystems need to be healthy? How do humans impact habitat health? What is the role of the community in keeping local ecosystems healthy?

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Hosted by expert educators, students will develop their understanding of living and nonliving things and the impacts of human activities on an ecosystem through hands-on activities. Our educators will guide students through problem solving and action planning to create change within their school community and explore solutions to increase biodiversity at school or home.

Through this interactive virtual excursion your students will:

Years F – 2

  • learn about Australian animal features, habitats and life cycles
  • explore what an animal needs in its environment to survive
  • consider how humans can care for local ecosystems 
  • explore connections between Indigenous Australians and the Australian landscape

Years 3 – 10

  • learn about and identify elements of a healthy ecosystem for a variety of organisms
  • explore scientific methods to measure and analyse their observation
  • consider how humans can care for local habitats and organisms
  • explore connections between Indigenous Australians and the native Australian landscape

You’ll receive a school teacher guide, including instructions for optional activities to do before and after your virtual excursion, and a Kahoot! Quiz.

Years F – 2

  • Understand the important elements of healthy ecosystems.
  • Identify a variety of plant and animal species and discuss their key habitat needs.
  • Be able to use critical thinking skills to assess a habitat for health.
  • Link human impacts to habitat health
  • Discuss the role of community in working to maintain healthy habitats
  • Understand important future steps to maintain habitat health in their own area

Years 3 – 10

  • Understand the important elements of a healthy habitat
  • Be able to identify a variety of different habitats for different organisms
  • Use scientific methods to measure and compare elements of habitat health
  • Critically analyse their observations to assess a habitat for health.
  • Link human impacts on ecosystem health
  • Discuss the role of community in working to maintain healthy ecosystems
  • Understand important future steps to maintain ecosystem health in their own area

This program links to curriculum areas of:
Science, Design & Technology, Geography, English, Civics & Citizenship, History, Intercultural Capabilities, Maths

Availability
Monday – Friday during the term

How the virtual excursion will run:
  • We can use Zoom Video Conferencing to deliver the virtual learning sessions. If your school has a preferred platform just let us know in your booking form
  • The session will open 10 minutes before the scheduled start
  • Q & A will be left open for students to communicate with CERES educators during the webinar
What you’ll receive:
  • You will be sent a unique URL if we are using Zoom for your session
  • A school teacher guide, including instructions for optional activities to do before and after your webinar
What you need for the session:
  • Tablet or mobile device – download the free Zoom app
  • PC, laptop or smartboard – allow the Zoom extension file download request
  • For in-school student webinars, we recommend one smartboard and a minimum of 1 device per 3 students

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide below to spark students’ curiosity before the virtual session and add value to your experience with CERES. It’s also designed to deepen students’ learning back at school. A guide to what a Kahoot! quiz is also included.

Foundation to Year 2 Teaching Guide
Years 3 to 6 Teaching Guide
Years 7 to 10 Teaching Guide
Years 11 to 12 Teaching Guide * coming soon
What is a Kahoot quiz?

Watch the following video to understand what CERES is all about and to get you and your students excited about your virtual excursion with us!

Year Level
Years F-10

Cost
$200 for one session*
+ booking fee
(maximum group size is 30 students)

*discount applies for multiple bookings

Delivered
via Zoom or
preferred platform
(Google Meets, Webex etc.)

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