How does a scientist identify a plant or an animal out in the field? This term Year 7 become Biologists and Ecologists, investigating local ecosystems and native species. They observe, classify, and name a wide variety of plants and animals and wonder at the ancient and precious Australian biodiversity.
This term year 7 observe the characteristics of living things in order to identify them using Scientific keys. They divide living things into kingdoms and learn the scientific naming system. Using virtual microscopes, they then identify organisms in kingdom Fungi and in kingdom Protista.
Next, they study habitat interactions and adaptations in Australian environments and construct food chains and food webs using familiar endemic species within their local areas.
Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities, can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)
Science as a human endeavour
Scientists construct explanations about the natural world based on evidence and these explanations change when new evidence becomes available. The science of today will lead to the technology of tomorrow as scientists work collaboratively, using new skills and modern methods. Only a high level of scientific understanding among people of all cultures will ensure that governments follow ethical considerations when legislating the use of emerging technology. (ACSHE 119, 223, 120, 121)
Science inquiry skills
This term Year 8 will work individually or in small groups to produce a project on living things, which allows student choice; is organized around an open-ended question; requires inquiry to learn and/or create something new; requires critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication (often known as 21st-century skills); incorporates feedback and revision and results in a presentation. (ACSIS 124, 125, 126, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133)
Week 1 – Orientation week
Week 2 – Classification using keys
Week 3 – The animal kingdom
Week 4 – Other kingdoms
Week 5 – Classification systems
Week 6 – Habitats
Week 7 – Food chains and food webs
Week 8 – Environmental conditions
Week 9 – Effects of industry
Week 10 – Biodiversity
Commence Monday 12 July
Finish Friday 17 September