Year 7 Maths/Science Lesson 2

Lesson 2 - What makes Moreton Bay so special?

Aim

The purpose of this activity is to get the students tuned in to the ongoing research that is being done in Moreton Bay and to get them thinking about why it is important that we monitor and protect our marine ecosystems. 

Activities

1.As a whole class, watch the Australian Geographic video about the wild dugongs of Moreton Bay. 

2. Then read the kids Moreton Bay Fact Sheet: http://healthywaterways.org/u/lib/mob/20141015100246_b5aecd06ad0830f3d/factsheet_seagrass.pdf

3.After reading about Moreton Bay, students will then complete a Think‐Pair‐Share in their Science Notebooks. Ask the students “Why do you think that it is important for people to protect Moreton Bay? Why is it important for scientists to gather information about the seagrass meadows and the animals that rely on it for survival?” 


After all students have completed this question, get them to pair up with another student so they can share their thoughts. Remind the students to listen carefully to their partner and ask clarifying questions if they need, because they will be reporting back to the class what their partner thinks, not what they think. After sharing with their partner, ask the students to share with the class what they heard from their partner.

4.Students Recording their thinking and wonderings!
The students will complete a KWL chart about what they know, wonder and have learned about Moreton Bay and the plants and animals that live there. The students will only complete the first two columns of the chart, the “know” and “wonder” sections, as a way of recording their initial understands and knowledge. This is to make is easier to track and monitor the students understanding and growth throughout the inquiry.

Resources

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2013/12/video-wild-dugongs-of-moreton-bay