Natural Links Incursion

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Program Overview

Investigate the delicate links and sophisticated relationships between living and non-living elements within the complex environment that is planet Earth. Explore the interconnectedness and importance of a balanced environment through the classification of natural objects and organisms. Learn about human impacts and create school specific actions which can support positive change.

This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Victorian Curriculum Links:

    Science: Science Understanding
  • Living things can be grouped on a basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)
    Geography: Geographical Knowledge
  • Similarities and differences in individuals and groups feeling and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (VCGGK083)

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Program Outline:

      Habitats & Survival

      Explore the characteristics and differences between living, previously living and non-living elements within a habitat through a hands-on classification activity.

      Food Webs & Interconnectedness

      Examine the complex relationships in nature across three continents during an interactive food web game.

      Symbiosis & Species Interactions

      Identify common symbiotic relationships found in nature, both aquatic and terrestrial environments, with a practical pairing activity.

      Humans Impacts & Call to Action

      Discuss how human activities can affect and/or disrupt natural links within the environment and let your students determine actions they can adopt to minimise their impact on the environment.

    Duration: 1.5 hours

    Restrictions: Program timing considerations: Staff require 10-minutes between groups to reset activities and a 30-minute break for lunch when more than 2 groups are booked. Available to Melbourne Metro area only.

    What to Provide: Multi-purpose room, floor space, white board
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    Program Details

    Program Location Your School
    Max # of Groups (group max 30) 6
    Possible Start Times variable
    Grade Level Years 3 - 4
    Program Duration 1.5 hours
    Program Type Incursion
    Program Theme Food Webs, Human Impacts, Living things, Species Interactions
    Cost per group $360 + Travel