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Adaptations for survival

Ecolinc
Full Day
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Background

Plants and animals have adaptations to help them survive in an environment. The Ecolinc stormwater wetland and grassland features an array of native plants and animals that have a range of features and adaptations to survive seasonal changes, human impact and predation. 
 
Note:
  • Maximum number of students for this program is 50 per day.
  • This program is conducted at Ecolinc and Serendip Sanctuary, Lara.  Your bus will need to arrive at Serendip Sanctuary at 9.30am. Your bus will transport students back to Ecolinc, and the program will conclude at 2.30pm from Bacchus Marsh.   
  • Students will need to bring appropriate clothing according to the time of year and forecast.  This includes solid footwear as well as sunscreen and hat (spring/summer), waterproof coat and hat (autumn & winter).

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Define the term ecosystem and adaptation.
  • Demonstrate structural and behavioural adaptations of wetland and grassland animals.

Activities

At Serendip Sanctuary, students will participate in a tour of the wetland, grassland and grassy woodland. Students will identify the animals and their structural features and adaptations. At Ecolinc students will undertake 2 x 1 hour workshops, which focus on exploring the adaptations of wetland and grassland animals and designing an animal for a particular environment.  The day is outlined below:

9.30am Arrive at Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
9.40am – 11am Tour of Serendip Sanctuary – wetland, grassland and grassy woodland
11am – 11.20am Snack at Serendip Sanctuary
11.20 – 12.00pm Travel to Ecolinc, Bacchus Marsh
12.00pm – 12.30pm Lunch at Ecolinc
12.30pm – 1.50pm Workshop 1 &2: Wetland and grassland animal adaptations
1.50pm – 2.30pm Adaptations for Survival Quiz

Learn Online

Ecolinc Learn Online is a virtual outreach learning management system (LMS) offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called Spotlight on Survival prior to coming to Ecolinc.  In this course students apply information from a number of videos to solve a series of drag and drop and multiple choice quizzes. Students will also be able to apply their learning to an imagined scenario that alerts them to the potential long term issues of survival connected to global warming.


Victorian Curriculum

  • 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)

Outreach

Ecolinc offers the following outreach option: