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Classifying living things

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Wetlands are among the most productive and diverse ecological systems on earth. They support an enormous variety of plants and animals, such as water birds, insects, frogs, crustaceans and invertebrates. Grassy woodlands are another diverse ecosystems which include a number of different plant species, including trees, shrubs and grasses, which provide habitat for a number of animals such as reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates.

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Saving energy

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Society relies on energy to survive, regardless of how it is generated our ability to reduce our use of energy is vital as we move into the future.
Saving energy is the term often used to mean reducing our use of energy. In this program students will investigate ways that society has developed to reduce our usage of energy including smart building design, utilization of renewable energy resources, use of low energy appliances and future energy options for transport.

Key Learning Question

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Reduce, reuse, recycle (F-2)

Ecolinc
Full Day

Background

Everyday human activities produce waste in a number of forms. Waste in the form of litter pollutes the land and waterways, while waste disposed as rubbish ends up in landfill which can contaminate groundwater, not to mention the need to find new holes as existing ones quickly fill. The “Three Rs”, namely Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, represent ways of minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

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Indigenous plants

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Ecolinc is located on land originally inhabited by both the Wurundjeri and Wathawurrung people of the Kulin nation.  The Ecolinc wetland features a range of indigenous plants, including plants that were originally utilised by the indigenous people for a number of uses.  Various parts of the plant were used for specific purposes, for food, medicine, fibre, tools and weapons.
 
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A plant's world

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Plants are a living organism. There are over 300,000 species on earth, of which 250,000 produce flowers. Unlike animals that need to eat already processed food, plants are able to produce their own food through a chemical process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the production of sugars from carbon dioxide, minerals and water, in the presence of sunlight. 


Key Learning Question

What does a plant need to grow, survive and reproduce?


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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Minibeasts

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Minibeasts live in the Ecolinc wetland and surrounds grassland. 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.
How do plants grow and survive?

Key Learning Question

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Living in the extremes

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Every organism has a unique habitat within which it lives. This is where the basic needs of the organism, including food, water and shelter, are met. All organisms have a variety of features that enable them to survive in this habitat.


Key Learning Question

How do living things survive in extreme environments?


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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