Kwongan Kids Secondary (years 7-12)

Kwongan Kids offers Secondary Schools a diverse range of engaging and dynamic learning activities professionally delivered by an experienced science educator.  Learning activities are designed with an investigative focus celebrating the unique ecology of a botanically hyperdiverse environment.  Far beyond just a walk in the bush, Kwongan Kids specialises in developing meaningful, and interactive scientific investigations that may be best suited to support the curricula and programs of Western Australian Schools.  STEM learning at its most useful and relevant, Kwongan Kids learning activities are made to support your Science, Ecology, Biology, Human Biology and Applied Science lessons in a way that your students will never forget.  Learning activities are usually based upon introducing students to a unique ecological concept specific to the local region then guiding them through their own, unique scientific investigation, collecting data and drawing logical conclusions from it.  Activities are fully adaptable to suit a school, its programs, students and time available. Links have been made to Australian Curriculum Descriptors where appropriate.

Kwongan Kids Secondary Learning Activities

Kwongan Ecology, Parasites and Hosts Excursion (Years 7-12)

An exploration of some unique examples of species interdependence in the region.

Botanical Surveying of a Kwongan Ecosystem Excursion (Years 7-12)

An innovative on-line resource is used to highlight the unique biodiversity of the region

Flowers, Leaves and Stems Excursion (Years 11-12)

An examination of plant structures from a cellular level upwards with a unique Western Australian perspective.

Wildflower Pollination and Seed Dispersal in Kwongan Excursion (Years 11-12)

Reproductive strategies that boggle the mind are just beyond our backyards.  An exploration of some of these fascinating strategies first hand.  This excursion is best experienced between August and November.

Kwongan Ecology, Amazing Adaptations Excursion (Years 7-12)

To survive in soils with such low nutrients and to survive in a harsh climate, shaped by drought, and fire some truly incredible adaptations have been necessary.  This is an exploration of some of these adaptive strategies.

Kwongan Ecology, Food Webs and Symbiosis Excursion (Years 7-12)

An exploration of some fascinating examples of symbiosis within a diverse environment with an am to construct a Food Web from observations.

Kwongan Bush Tucker Discovery Excursion (Years 7-12)

Students are lead on a walk through an ecosystem and taught to recognise plants and animals that may be edible and sometimes medicinal if prepared properly.  Links are made to the Indigenous Cultural Heritage of the region to engage students in both a sociological and scientific manner.

Orchid Hunting in the Kwongan Excursion (Years 11-12)

Orchids are simply the most fascinating of plants and are in abundance within the South West biogeographic region.  We take a deep look at local orchid ecology including some amazing pollination strategies then search a species-rich area to see if we can find any of these illusive floral gems.  This learning activity is seasonal and should only be booked between August and November.

Soil Analysis and Geographic History of the Swan Coastal Plain Excursion (Years 11-12)

A study of the history of some of the soils beneath our feet.  Soils are examined first hand at a microscopic level  over three separate locations and relationships are drawn regarding the ecological associations of the historically different soils in the region.

Seasonal Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in Kwongan Regions Excursion (Years 9-12)

A biological sampling exercise of a seasonal waterhole in a Kwongan region. Macroinvertebrates are collected and identified and their life cycles examined with respect to their survival.

Human Impact on Kwongan Environment Excursion (Years 7-12)

An exploration of how humans have impacted and continue to impact upon Kwongan ecology with a sociological and scientific focus.

South Western Australia as a Biodiversity Hotspot Incursion (Years 7-12)

The South West of Australia is an area of extreme biodiversity which is under threat by humans.  This incursion examines the significance of our region bringing to schools practical, observable examples of biodiversity throughout the region as well has highlighting the threats posed by humans.

Microscopic Pollen analysis and trends of plants of South Western Australia Incursion (Years 9-12)

Pollen and plants are approached from an evolutionary perspective, prepared pollen samples are examined using microscopy to allow to group and classify plants and highlight plant phylogeny as it develops over time with a specific focus on the South West Florastic Region.

Policing with pollen, a Forensic Approach with a Western Australian Focus Incursion (Years 9-12)

Forensic Palynology uses pollen to solve crimes.  Students are placed in the role of forensic investigators and their skills are put to the test to solve a baffling mystery with dash of science and a lot of fun.

Propagation of Native Plants Incursion (Years 7-12)

The unique ecology of South Western Australian Plants requires some specialised propagation techniques.  Methods in seeding, the value of smoke in propagation hydroponic propagation and  propagation by cuttings are introduced and put into practice by students.

Biological Surveying in Your School or Local Area Incursion (Years 7-12)

Nothing beats knowing your own environment!  Kwongan Kids can lead student investigations to survey areas local to you or even your school itself from top to bottom!  What is that curly green thing that the Year 8’s like to pick the leaves off at recess?  How did it get here?  Does it belong here?

Native Gardens in Your School!

Would your school be interested in establishing a native garden highlighting aspects of bush tucker, medicinal plants and unique adaptations? Kwongan Kids can help, just click on the Kwongan Kids Native Garden and Bush Tucker Projects link to visit the Native Gardens page for more information.

 

 

Australian Curriculum Content Descriptors:

Each Learning Activity can be adapted to focus on one or many content descriptions as necessary.  Contact Kwongan Kids for more information.

Year 7:

  • Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)
  • Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)
  • Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE223)
  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)
  • Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy (ACSIS126)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate(ACSIS129)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions based on evidence (ACSIS130)
  • Reflect on scientific investigations including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identifying improvements (ACSIS131)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 8:

  • Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce(ACSSU150)
  • Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (ACSSU153)
  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS139)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)
  • Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy (ACSIS141)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate(ACSIS144)
  • Reflect on scientific investigations including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identifying improvements (ACSIS146)
  • Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims based on evidence (ACSIS234)

Year 9:

  • Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment (ACSSU175)
  • Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)
  • Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228)
  • Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164)
  • Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS165)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to collect and record data systematically and accurately (ACSIS166)
  • Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS169)
  • Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170)
  • Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems(ACSIS172)

Year 10:

  • The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (ACSSU185)
  • Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere(ACSSU189)
  • Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE230)
  • Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS198)
  • Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS199)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to collect and record data systematically and accurately (ACSIS200)
  • Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS203)
  • Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS204)
  • Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS204)

 

Biology

Kwongan Kids Learning activities are especially suited towards the biology curriculum and the majority of Australian Curriculum content descriptions can be applied in the majority of cases.  Because of this, more general ‘Learning Outcomes’ have been highlighted for each of the four Biology units.  For more information, please contact Kwongan Kids.

Unit 1: Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life.

  • understand how classification helps to organise, analyse and communicate data about biodiversity
  • understand that ecosystem diversity and dynamics can be described and compared with reference to biotic and abiotic components and their interactions
  • understand how theories and models have developed based on evidence from multiple disciplines; and the uses and limitations of biological knowledge in a range of contexts
  • use science inquiry skills to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate investigations into biodiversity and flows of matter and energy in a range of ecosystems
  • evaluate, with reference to empirical evidence, claims about relationships between and within species, diversity of and within ecosystems, and energy and matter flows
  • communicate biological understanding using qualitative and quantitative representations in appropriate modes and genres

Unit 2: Cells and Multicellular Organisms

  • use science inquiry skills to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate investigations into the structure and function of cells and multicellular organisms
  • evaluate, with reference to empirical evidence, claims about cellular processes and the structure and function of multicellular organisms
  • communicate biological understanding using qualitative and quantitative representations in appropriate modes and genres.

 

 

 

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