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Extension: 3D grassland and wetland diorama

This activity is an extension to the Volcano Dreaming unit of work. Teachers may choose to use this as an assessment task to determine the students' level of understanding about grasslands and wetlands. Students will make a 3D model of a grassland and wetland and place 3D animals and plants in an appropriate location depending on their habitat requirements.

Animal and plant survival

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Background

The Ecolinc wetland and grassland is home to a variety of native plants and animals. All these living things depend on each other and the wetland and grassland ecosystem to survive.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

Renewable energy

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Background

Society is moving rapidly towards the use of renewable energy resources. Australia has one of the world’s greatest uptakes of solar photovoltaic roof installations.

In this program students will investigate the science behind solar cells, wind power and other renewable technologies. They will model solar and wind power systems and investigate hydro and wave resources in order to gain a greater understanding of emerging trends in renewables.


Prior Knowledge

Some basic knowledge of energy forms and conversions would be an advantage.

Exploring wetland ecosystems - Serendip Sanctuary

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Background

A wetland is an ecosystem that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and includes swamps, marshes and bogs. The water itself can be either saltwater, freshwater or brackish. Its flora is adapted to surviving in the waterlogged soils and is part of a food web that includes macroinvertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.

Introduction to a plant's world

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Background

Plants are living things that need air, water, soil, and sunlight to live. When they grow their leaves capture light to make energy and their roots find water.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Recognize the basic parts of plants and what they need to survive.
  • Learn various methods of plant propagation.
  • Identify a range of fruits and vegetables in the garden.
  • Understand that fruits and vegetables are seasonal.

Activities

Students will:

Digging up the Diprotodon

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Background

Megafauna are big (mega) animals (fauna). These are animals that lived in Australia up to 100,000 years ago. They were at least 30% larger than any of their extant relatives. There is significant dispute as to whether the megafauna became extinct due to predation by humans or due to climate change.

The Diprotodon, the largest marsupial believed to have ever lived, was the first fossil mammal described from Australia in 1838. Fossil Diprotodon skulls have since been found in Bacchus Marsh, and are currently on display at Museum Victoria.

Watching the weather

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Background

Weather affects all living things, including humans, on a daily basis. Humans have the advantage of being able to control the climate inside buildings, or cloth themselves appropriately for going outdoors, and can also measure the weather and predict it into the near future so that weather surprises are minimised.

How healthy is the habitat?

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Background

The Werribee River starts as a small river in the Wombat State Forest and flows south-east through Ballan, Werribee Gorge and Bacchus Marsh, where it meets the Lerderderg River. The River continues until its waters are held back by the Exford Weir creating the Melton Reservoir. The river becomes tidal at the Werribee Park Mansion, continuing to flow gently to Port Philip Bay. This completes a journey of approximately 110 kilometres.

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