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Healthy Rivers, Healthy Bay (Grades 5-6)

Deep Creek Education Centre
Full Day
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Deep Creek Reserve: Healthy Rivers Healthy Bay Grades 5-6

Background

Water is a scarce and finite resource that is vital for the life of every living thing on the planet. Our local waterways are part of a larger catchment that our drinking water comes from. Our activities have an impact on our local waterways and in turn the larger catchment, oceans and all the life that depends on it for survival. Students will learn about our impacts and ways to help. They will also become citizen scientists by learning how to monitor the chemical, physical and biological health of their local waterway.


Key Learning Question

What is a catchment, what is our impact and ways that we can help use water more sustainably and improve the health of the waterways?


Learning intentions

Students will:

  • Understand the importance of water in a global context
  • Identify their local waterway (as part of a wider catchment)
  • See how their activities (e.g. littering) impact that local waterway (through photos taken of their school and/or local waterway).
  • Learn about the impacts on the animals that live in our creeks and rivers
  • Identify ways to help.

Activities:

Students will:

  • Interactive PowerPoint presentation with photos of the schools’ local waterway, photos of litter within the school and local stormwater drains. This emphasises that their own actions can have consequences.
  • Interactive – catchment story. Students will get to see how storm water is created and the issues it can cause
  • Identify live macroinvertebrates from Deep Creek Reserve
  • Test the water quality of Deep Creek Reserve e.g. pH, Phosphate, turbidity, Electrical Conductivity.
  • Interactive games
  • If schools are interested, we can provide a water testing kit for them to regularly monitor a waterway near the school. This data will be uploaded to the River Detectives website showing citizen science in practice.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)
  • Environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them (VCGGK096)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

The Sustainability cross-curriculum priority

  • All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.
  • Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments.
  • Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.