Lesson 1 - What is a Bush Blitz?

The worksheets for each lesson can be found in the work booklet (click for PDF).

 

This lesson is intended to answer the following questions students may have about a Bush Blitz expedition:

1. What is a Bush Blitz and what is its importance?

2. What and who is the expedition going to involve?

3. How can I (the pupils) follow my teacher’s progress on the Bush Blitz expedition?

Resources: Work booklet found in the link above; either - computer for each child to research or research as a class and show website on Interactive Whiteboard.

Activities:

Check Bush Blitz blog to catch up on any news from the field. 

Talk to the class about the upcoming expedition to South Bruny Island. Read the front cover of the 'Bush Blitz: A scientific expedition to South Bruny Island' booklet (found in the link above) as a class and discuss the term 'expedition'. Go through page 2 and explain how Skype will be used to contact students whilst the teacher is on the expedition.

Turn to page 3 of the booklet and explain each question. Then use this website www.bushblitz.org.au to locate information that answers the four questions on the page (use computer lab or as a class).

For the final question, ask the pupils to firstly think-pair-share their response, jot down some notes on spare paper and then respond by writing in the space provided. 

Page 4 - Explain the function of a prefix and suffix using the word 'Biology' as an example. Explain how scientist professions often contain clues in the word that indicate the area of expertise of the scientist. Allow students time to complete the 'Types of Zoologists' matching task. When a Skype conference involves meeting the scientists on the expedition, students can complete the table under the heading, 'The scientists involved in the Bruny Island Bush Blitz'.

Note to teacher: As part of the communication with the classes, I will send track logs as often as possible. Track logs record the path taken while moving. Photos and videos can be taken along the way, which when uploaded, will be positioned on the map of the track log, much like the way photo symbols are on Google Earth.

Explain to the boys how a ‘track log’ is kept by the GPS device. Demonstrate the use of the GPS track logging function by opening the following track log link: http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/sgseps/frog-run/#.VrhNlhZum70   It is a practice track-log made before the expedition. Practice opening the photos that show various waypoints on the track. (Note: Comments cannot be left on track-log pages).