Feral Focus

The Australian Curriculum - Science

Student outcomes and links to relevant activities

Feral Focus links directly to the following curriculum levels and is designed for secondary students up to year 10.

Year 7 - Secondary

Strand

Content description

Elaborations

Lesson Plan / Activity

Science Understanding / Biological sciences

Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions

(ACSSU112)
  • using food chains to show feeding relationships in a habitat
  • classifying organisms of an environment according to their position in a food chain
  • investigating the effect of human activity on local habitats such as deforestation, agriculture or the introduction of a new species
  • exploring how living things can cause changes to their environment and impact other living things, such as the effect of cane toads
Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

 

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations

(ACSHE120)
  • considering issues relating to the use and management of water within a community
  • considering how human activity in the community can have positive and negative effects on the sustainability of ecosystems
  • investigating ways to control the spread of the cane toad

Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management

(ACSHE121)
  • researching the different scientific responses to the rabbit plagues in Australian agricultural areas

Year 8

Strand

Content description

Elaborations

Lesson Plan / Activity

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

 

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations

(ACSHE135)
  • investigating strategies implemented to maintain part of the local environment, such as bushland, a beach, a lake, a dessert or a shoreline

People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations

  • recognising the role of knowledge of the environment and ecosystems in a number of occupations

Year 9

Strand

Content description

Elaborations

Lesson Plan / Activity

Science Understanding / Biological sciences

 

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy  flow through these systems

(ACSSU176)
  • exploring interactions between organisms such as predator/prey, parasites, competitors, pollinators and disease
  • examining factors that affect population sizes such as seasonal changes, destruction of habitats, introduced species
  • considering how energy flows into and out of an ecosystem via the pathways of food webs, and how it must be replaced to maintain the sustainability of the system

Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions

(ACSHE160)
  • considering the impacts of human activity on an ecosystem from a range of different perspectives

 

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