We are very excited to announce our latest Stage 2 Geography program for the Earth’s Environment. This inquiry-based teaching program focuses on a locally endangered species – the Powerful Owl or Glossy Black Cockatoo.
The program follows the geographical inquiry process of Acquiring, Processing and Communicating. The key inquiry questions include:
- How does the local environment support our locally endangered species?
- What are the features of its habitat?
- How will this species and its habitat protected into the future?
After completing pre-excursion learning the students will visit Gibberagong EEC to complete a one day excursion to continue acquiring knowledge about the classes chosen species. The activities are below:
Building Nest Boxes
Habitat protection and creation is one of the most important features of an environment for animals, both in terms of their own nesting requirements and feeding. During this session, the students will create a nest box and use clues to identify the species of animal that may call it home.
During the habitat walk, students will locate and identify a range of different habitats for animals that live in the National Park. The students will also use this time to search for and identify suitable habitat for their species, including nesting sites. Students will also record information in their diary, including field sketching habitat trees.
Using a bird identification chart, binoculars and a recording sheet, the students will learn the techniques of ‘birding’ and will work together to complete a species count in a variety of habitats. Students will also learn about the different calls that birds make and may even hear or sight a Glossy Black Cockatoo!!
Design and Make Best Beaks
Focused around the text ‘The Best Beaks in Boonaroo Bay’ students will learn about animal adaptations and in particular how beaks are shaped according to the feeding requirements of individual birds. Students will then be challenged to create and test their own beaks to perform different feeding tasks.
After returning to school the students will work towards making a communications product to teach others about the species.
It is a great program and excursion to support the new Geography syllabus and is booking up quickly. We hope to see you soon.