Ecosystems and change - Science by Doing

Ecosystems and change - Science by Doing
Publication Date: April, 2014
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

An inquiry-based learning sequence of hands-on activities, digital interactives, animations and videos that cover systems analysis, human body systems, hormones, tropisms, diseases, pathogens, homeostasis, negative feedback, ecosystems, sampling, food chain, carbon and nitrogen cycles. Students conduct field studies to measure abiotic features and sample biotic components at comparative sites. Teacher guide, activity sheets and assessment available.

Additional Information

This unit of work is very extensive and there are many activities that are classified as optional as a result. The teacher guide is detailed and the unit contains a range of hands-on activities, digital interactives, inquiries and classroom activities for Year 9 ecosystems and regulation.

There are many activities and some of them are listed as optional. This allows teachers to modify the course to suit their students. Some of the digital interactive are scootle links and this also requires membership and login details. Some of the Scootle resources are Flash-based and therefore do not work on iPads.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS174
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources... > ACSIS172
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Evaluate conclusions, including identifying sources of uncertainty and possible... > ACSIS171
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and... > ACSIS165
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to... > ACSIS166
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between... > ACSIS169
  • Year 9 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent... > ACSIS170
  • Year 9 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic... > ACSSU176
  • Year 9 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal... > ACSSU175
  • Year 9 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims,... > ACSHE160