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Minibeasts

Onsite
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Minibeasts live in the Ecolinc wetland and grassland surrounds. The term ‘minibeasts’ covers a wide range of small animal species including macroinvertebrates found in the Ecolinc wetland, and compost critters found in the Ecolinc compost bin. Sampling and identifying minibeasts provides opportunities for students to observe a range of animal species, features and behaviours.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Identify a range of wetland and compost minibeasts and their characteristic features.
  • Define the term macroinvertebrates.

Activities

Students will:

  • Explore the Ecolinc wetland/grassland trail.
  • Identify a range of wetland macroinvertebrates and their features.
  • Identify a range of compost bugs and their features.
  • Design a bug.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

Outreach

Ecolinc offers the following outreach option:

The ‘Minibeasts’ F-2 program is an introduction to minibeasts and the ‘More minibeasts’ 3-4 program builds upon this knowledge. However, both programs can be independently undertaken.