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Student and teacher resources - GBRMPA

Student and teacher resources - GBRMPA | Animals and Geography | Scoop.it
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Lots of great resources to learn about one of Australia's most well known and beautiful wonders. There are a lot of issues threatening the great barrier reef including climate change, ships full of exports and imports sailing through the protected waters, and the state government of queensland wanting to open up areas of the reef for recreational fishing. Children need to learn about the diversity and loss the country will face naturally and economically if the reef is destroyed. You could incorporate clips from Finding Nemo as well to spark interest in these ecosystems. 

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TowardsSustainabilityKitiupdating2013.pdf

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Another good teaching resource for teaching sustainability. I would also like to take students that I teach to the royal botanical gardens. For their diversity of environments, you could take them for various teaching points. I know that you could take them to Fern Gully, whic emphasises what Australian flora was like while the country was connected to Gondwana. 

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Education: Museum Victoria

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Browse all of Museum Victoria's education programs, education kits, information sheets and related websites.
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I've been on a few school excursions to the Melbourne Museum, and highly recommend it as a way of children experiencing the humanities and geography subjects they are learning about in person. 

 

There are great exhibitions on dinosaurs, insects, ancient megafauna, aboriginal history and culture, the development of Melbourne and many more. I know for certain that in the foundation class I did my placement in, that they were learning about dinosaurs, so this would be a great excursion for them. 

 

The 3/4 class I worked in were learning about indigemous australian history, and there were many artifacts and exhibitions on display that enhanced their knowledge on this subject. 

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'Are We There Yet?' is a great book by Alison Lester that follows a family as they travel around Australia. Along with these lesson ideas, this book would also be great to talk about natural and unnatural environments, and focus on specific parts of Australia within each page. You could possibly look at a different page each day and focus specifically on the local area of the book. It also seems to be a good book to inspire children to reflect on their family holidays. 

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Earth's history in the last 600 million years

The history of the earth in the 600 million years sliding towards the present. See how the continents move across the globe. Several mass extinction events o...
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This is a good visual to show children how the earth formed into the continents we have now over 600 million years. This is be followed by talking about the climate, the flora and fauna, and what caused the continents to move. 

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Kids' Games, Animals, Photos, Stories, and More -- National Geographic Kids

Kids' Games, Animals, Photos, Stories, and More -- National Geographic Kids | Animals and Geography | Scoop.it
Features different people, animals, and places with facts, games, activities, and related links.
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The National Geographic for kids website is fantastic for children to learn about countries around the world, in particular the animals that inhabit them. 

 

From this sight you can get information facts about lots of different countries and animals, as well as small videos that give children the opportunity to see animals and places before learning more about them. A lot of the time, children begin learning about natural things without truly seeing them in action. 

 

National Geographic is an extremely well trusted organisation/company that has worked in the international natural and man made world for decades, providing enlightening articles and footage of experiences we as suburban humans may not have the oopotunity to see first hand. 

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Primary Programs | Schools | Melbourne Aquarium

Primary Programs | Schools | Melbourne Aquarium | Animals and Geography | Scoop.it
Primary. Listed below are the Primary programs currently offered by Melbourne Aquarium.
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There are some great guided learning resources at the Melbourne Aquarium that would combine knowledge of Australia's coast, and the waterways that run within our country and out to the sea. It also addresses ways of living sustainably by respecting freshwater environments and respecting our oceans. 

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Gondwana.pdf

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There's lot of great information in this resource that could be reduced and refined to provide precise lessons for primary school students. There is a lot of detailed information in this resource that would go over the heads of middle primary students, but the concepts are clear and would provide a strong base for a unit of work taling about the evolution of the world and the evolution of australia. 

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Teacher Resources

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Digital Learning with the zoo!
Here we've collated our best digital learning projects and resources that will help inspire your students to learn about wildlife and get involved in actions to help save our most endangered species.
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Zoos Victoria has a fantastic array of learning resources, focusing on endangered australian fauna, teaching ways of conserving wildlife, animal facts, and other interactive activities that you can bring into the classroom if there isn't the opportunity to go to Melbourne, Werribee, or Healesville in person. These learning resources would provide information of countries within Australia's vicinity and also on the other side of the world and would assist in the knowledge of other continents on this planet. You could also look specifically into Australian fauna and discuss where certain Australian animals can be found. What habitat do they need? Why are they endangered? What can we do to protect them? 

 

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Gondwanaland.pdf

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Found this cool teachers resource/lesson plan to further explain continental drift and how that's affected the country we live in and the surrounding continents. This occured after pangaea and could be introduced following lessons about pangaea and the time it took for pangaea to  be split up into Gondwana and Laurasia. 

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Australian Geographic Education - Australian Geographic

Australian Geographic Education - Australian Geographic | Animals and Geography | Scoop.it
Developed by teachers for teachers, AG Education's non-fiction products will draw on our extensive resources, carefully selected for curriculum relevance, to deliver a series of magazines and accompanying interactive whiteboard (IWB) lessons for...
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Looking through this, there seems to be a lot of interesting activitied to incorporate into the primary school curriculum that opens up children's minds to Australian flora and fauna. How much do Australian children know about their own backyard? 

 

Australian Geographic has learning modules available to purchase. It'd be great if they were free but I hope to find other environmental resources online free of charge. This website also has articles about endangered Australian wildlife and videos for children to view. 

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Uluru: Australia's rock of ages - Lonely Planet travel video

Author John Vlahides visits Uluru (Ayers Rock), the iconic monolith in the heart of Australia; a geological wonder, cultural landmark, and sacred place. Visi...
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I came across these lonely planet videos, and thought that they would be good for the start of lessons when looking at Australia's natural and man made wonders. You could then spend each lesson (or more) delving deeper into the history of the location, the people, the flora and the fauna. 

 

If you were to be lucky enough to go to Ayers Rock on a school trip. There are fantastic learning resources found here: http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru/explore/for-kids.html

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