Bush Blitz TeachLive Curriculum Resources

We have created two educational resources to accompany the Bush Blitz TeachLive program.  They are both designed to be used by teachers with any level of connection to the program, so whether you are participating in an expedition, following another teacher as they participate or you have just discovered the website using an internet search, these resources will be suitable for you and your students!

Primary School Resource: 'Investigating the role of research in Bush Blitz'

   
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This unit utilises the inquiry method to encourage
students to explore the role of scientific research in
building our understanding of Australian plants and
animals, and the ways in which this research helps
protect Australia's biodiversity.

As the unit progresses, students are tasked with
creating a Newspapers in Education (NIE) feature
about the scientific research undertaken in the Bush
Blitz program, and how this research assists in the
protection of Australia's environment and biodiversity.
Students also explain how they too can explore and
protect biodiversity at a local level and propose ways
that students in schools can get involved in a
biodiversity conservation project. Having undertaken
the production of an NIE feature, students share their
feature article in a presentation to other classes.

The resource includes curriculum links for years 5-6.
However many of the activities can be readily
adapted for use at other year levels, and we encourage
teachers to do so.

 

Secondary School Resource: 'Bush Blitz... generating solutions' 

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This inquiry-based unit uses Project Based Learning (PBL) 
as a way to engage students about scientific research and 
biodiversity.

Students are given an insight into ways that scientists are 
discovering and recording the hidden plants and animals 
that live in remote parts of Australia, and how the evidence
they collect is generating solutions to a range of 
contemporary issues. Students also investigate and collect
evidence about how these solutions may impact the 
environment, society, economy and decision-making at 
local and national levels. As the unit progresses, students 
in groups are tasked with producing a documentary that 
describes how the these discoveries have led to an improved
understanding of a range of scientific ideas, and generated 
solutions to contemporary problems.

The resource includes curriculum links for years 7-8. 
However this is a suggested age range only and teachers 
are encouraged to modify activities to suit the needs of the 
students with whom they are working.