Theme: Science – Biological Sciences
Level: 3 – 6
Students will investigate the importance and diversity of living things. They will set up a variety of mini greenhouses to further explore the affects of environmental conditions on plant growth.
- Discuss the differences between living and nonliving things.
- Discuss diagrams of plant needs, nutrient cycles and food webs.
- Match plant samples to a variety of different biomes.
- (Levels 5-6) Examine a selection of soil types and match to Australian biomes.
- Use thick and thin materials to model capillary action in plants.
- Observe and discuss a demonstration of transpiration that can be easily extended in a school environment.
- Make mini greenhouses to use for further testing of environmental conditions and the importance of biodiversity.
- Test how people can aid water conservation in desert regions.
Surcharge of $40 per day applies to all Biological Science topics.
Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
- Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)
- With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082)
- With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083)
- Decide which variables should be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data (VCSIS084)
- Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data (VCSIS085)
- Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSIS086)
- Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (VCSIS087)
- Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088)
“Great incursion -it was a fabulous introduction to our unit. The students then really enjoyed observing the hothouses and seed growth which we wrote up as an investigation.” St. Patrick’s Primary
“The content was relevant for our adaptations Inquiry unit. Thank you for engaging our students in their learning and understanding of this topic.” Maranatha Christian School