The Daintree Rainforest - A Primary Perspective
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Design a habitat - ARKive Fun stuff

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ARKive Fun stuff game Design a habitat
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Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 8:02 PM
This interactive game provides a fun platform for students to explore the idea of conservation of endangered animals. They are given the chance to learn the history, and characteristics of an endangered animal, and then assume responsibility for creating a suitable habitat. This game boasts a rich knowledge base, and students are able to learn in a fun, engaging and collaborative environment, tasks such as this will no doubt engage even the most hesitant of learners, and in clever collaboration with the other tasks on this page, will ensure a unit of work in which learning will prosper.
Games provide an engaging medium for learning, students working in a collaborative, ‘fun’ environment are more likely to take risks in learning, and thus reach outcomes more consistently. As Groundwater-Smith et al (2007, p. 93) asserts working in groups “can lead to greater dialogue between students, greater collaboration and learning, the generation of more ideas and the recognition that each child’s experiences are valuable”, and as a result, a student’s anxiety towards the task, and indeed, failure is greatly reduced.
Groundwater –Smith, S., Ewing, R., &Le Cornu, R., (2007). Teaching : challenges and dilemas (3rd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Thompson. Chapter 4 (pages 75-95 & 103-109)
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 22, 2013 9:07 PM
This task links to literacy, as students are required to comprehend literacy on a digital platform. To accomplish the game, students need to comprehend what it is asking.
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Daintree Rainforest Australia Information - Learn About The Daintree Rainforests of Queensland

Daintree Rainforest Australia Information - Learn About The Daintree Rainforests of Queensland | The Daintree Rainforest - A Primary Perspective | Scoop.it
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Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 8:40 PM
Students are to use this information site to research human impact on the Daintree. The website presents four key human practices that have had a detrimental effect on the Daintree and some key facts about the practice. Students are to work in groups of 4, selecting one detrimental human practice, and create a poster that explains the impact of the chosen practice. These posters will be presented to the class at the end of the allocated time to create it. This would be a good means to assess the classes combined understanding of the unit before the final assessment.
“The effective use of resources is central to good teaching. Good resources improve teaching effectiveness, engage students and assist their learning.”(Winch, G. Johnston, R. March, P. Ljungdahl, L. Holliday, M. p 224, 2010) This website allows students to conduct their own collaborative research, leaving the students with a choice lets them feel in charge of their own learning. Student cantered activities are central to student progress. Tasks that provide students with independence, and always “take children seriously” (Meeks, M. 1988) will always boast strong outcomes.
Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L., Holliday, M. (2010). Literacy: Reading writing and children’s literature (4th ed).: oxford university press
Meek, M. (1988) How Texts Teach What Readers Learn. Stroud, Glos.: Thimble Press.
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 22, 2013 9:17 PM
This task has a strong association with literacy, notably visual literacy, as students are asked to create a poster.
Fleur Farah's curator insight, February 6, 2015 4:13 PM

The Daintree, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

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Spearfishing in the Daintree rainforest, Australia - Lonely Planet travel video

Lonely Planet's Christa Larwood joins members of the indigenous Yalanji tribe, hunting among the mangroves on the edge of the world's oldest rainforest in Qu...
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Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 3:04 AM
This video is a rich resource, boasting an abundance of information. Students can use this video as the basis for writing a report on the Daintree rainforest. The report should discuss traditional Indigenous hunting and gathering techniques, and explore the respect for land conservation associated with traditional Indigenous culture. Students are free to collect information from other sources, however must document what the source is in a bibliography. Not only will this task provide the students with a deeper understanding of the Daintree, but will further enhance their understanding of Indigenous history, culture and practices, proving the tasks value.
The task futher proves its value, as students will have to critically reflect on how we can learn from Indigenous conservation techniques to ensure our wonderful natural environments will continue to thrive. As Ballantyne, Connell and Fien (1998) state children are catalysts for change and as such in the classroom we need to teach them how to care for the environment. (Gilbert., Hoepper, 2011, pp. 356-7) Ensuring students understand the responsibilities of caring for environments, ensures they will continue to prosper throughout the future.
Gilbert., R, Hoepper., B (2011). Teaching society and Environment. Cengage Learning Australia Pty Limited
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 22, 2013 9:15 PM
This task links to literacy, as students as expected to write a factual report on the daintree rainforest, including the nessecary points.
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Rainforest and Wildlife conservation in action with the World Land Trust

Rainforest and Wildlife conservation in action with the World Land Trust | The Daintree Rainforest - A Primary Perspective | Scoop.it
Rainforest Conservation with the World Land Trust - a charity with a 20 year track record of successful environmental projects. Patrons: Sir David Attenborough and David Gower.
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Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 9:14 PM
This is a global charity fund that fights for land conservation on a global scale. Boasting patrons such as Sir David Attenborough, this fund has done a notable amount positive conservation on a global setting. This task would be the final assessment of this unit of work on the Daintree, and conservation. Student would use the website to research the WLT, there projects and methods. The students will use this information as the foundation to write a speech they will conduct to the class. The students must adopt the persona of an individual with considerable global influence, wether it’s a politician, or celebrity, however this person must be international and not Australian. The speech should outline the Daintree’s characteristics, the human impact, and what needs to be done to amend the situation. Students must also outline why it is important to not only Australia, but to the international community, that we conserve the Daintree.
Marzano (2007) defines the importance of interest and engagement in consideration of academic achievement, he extends to state that interest and engagement is the ‘engine’ for learning, thus the techniques that teachers utilize to sustain interest and engagement are crucial factors in a student’s learning. Providing the students with the choice of their globally persuasive persona, provides the students with enough personal influence on the task to allow for their own interests, e.g a student interested in signing choses a global singing star.
The art and science of teaching: a comprehensive framework for effective instruction / Robert J. Marzano. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, c2007. Chapter 5: What will I do to engage students?
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 22, 2013 9:22 PM
This task links to literacy, as students are expected to write a speech. The speech should contain emotive and persuasive language, as the students are arguing for a purpose.
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Australian travel maps, street directory, driving directions & aerial photographs - Whereis.com

Maps of Australian cities, towns and travel destinations with driving directions and traveller information
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Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 4:12 AM
Students use a contemporary method to search for the Daintree Rainforest. Using ‘whereis’, students find the rain forest, and then copy its location onto a map of Australia, they are expected to note its home state, location in comparison to the states capital and the approximate size of the national park. This is to be followed with a short description of flora and fauna that call the Daintree home. This information is to be sourced in pairs through research methods of the student’s choice. Not only does this build collaborative learning skills, but in ensures a deepening understanding of the tasks subject matter.
Winch et al (2010) asserts the value of using contemporary technology within teaching practices, “Online activities provide scope for children’s socialisation, for children to explore their own pathways to a particular destination, and for collaborative and co-operative activities.” (p. 551, 2010) Not only does this task provide further knowledge of the Daintree and its geography, but it also provides a student centred approach, in which students can take charge of their own learning but come to the same final result.
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 16, 2013 7:44 PM
Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L., Holliday, M. (2010). Literacy: Reading writing and children’s literature (4th ed).: oxford university press
Kwyn Soames's comment, April 22, 2013 9:20 PM
This task boasts deep affiliations numeracy. Students are expected to use scale to find and compare the size of the daintree.