Great Barrier Reef Science Teaching Units
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Science Teaching Units (Version 0.2), are now available on the GBRMPA webhttp://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/resources-and-publications/student-and-teacher-resources/science-teaching-units.
The focus of these Units has been developed from the Key Focus Areas of the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009. The Units encourage students, teachers and their communities to follow the main aim of Reef Guardians – to be stewards of the environment.
The Science Teaching Units cover a range of Reef related topics from Year 1 – 10:
– Year 1 – Habitat Investigations
– Year 3 – Exploring the Reef
– Year 4 – Endangered Species: Marine Turtles
– Year 5 – Animal Adaptations
– Year 6 – Let’s go Fishing
– Year 7 – Wetlands
– Year 8 – Coral Bleaching
– Year 9 – Ecosystems and
– Year 10 – Climate Change.
The Early Years Activities (Foundation Year – Year 2) may be used as single science lessons or to create a series of lessons. The Year 11 and 12 Investigations Tasks may be used as either Extended Experimental Investigations or Extended Research Tasks to support the needs of students in science based units of work.
The content descriptors for these units are from the Australian Science Curriculum Version 2.0 www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
. Following the inquiry based 5Es approach to teaching science, the units are based on the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) expectations of a minimum time per week assigned to science lessons for students in each grade level. The overall units or the individual lessons could be extended or shortened to cater for individual classes as deemed necessary by the class teacher. The Units include a resource section with a guide to making judgements and links to QSA Literacy Indicators.
The Science Teaching Units are revolving documents and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available on the Australian Science Curriculum.
If you are using these Units or parts of the Units we would be interested to hear from you. Please firstname.lastname@example.org
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