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1 Education Booklet Excursions & Field Trips 2014

2 Welcome to our Marine World Education Research Conservation Our Mission To be a self sustaining community organisation recognised internationally as a leader in the provision of ecologically sensitive dolphin and marine interactive experience through its conservation, research and education programs. The Dolphin Discovery Centre is a not-for-profit Community Centre supported by: Coastcare Australia (CCA) National Marine Discovery Centre Network (NMDC) Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) Department of Fisheries (DOF) Scitech Perth Murdoch University (MU) South West Development Commission (SWDC)

3 THE DOLPHIN DISCOVERY CENTRE HAS WORKED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO DEVELOP THE EDUCATION SERVICES OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET. At the Dolphin Discovery Centre (DDC) we provide educational activities and field based learning in marine and environmental studies. These activities include both incursions and excursions and the content within each has been designed to not only be interactive, entertaining and educational, but also to focus on and Biology as described within the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials (v5.0 May 2013). Within the ACARA model, our program content for all school years cover the science strands of and Understanding, as a Human Endeavour and Inquiry Skills inclusive of Cross Curriculum Priorities such as Sustainability and Aboriginal Histories and Cultures. Located two hours south of Perth on the foreshore of Koombana Bay in Bunbury, the Centre is surrounded by a diverse range of marine and coastal habitats including the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay, the Leschenault Estuary, the Leschenault Inlet, and the white mangrove colony. Each habitat represents a unique natural resource and an ideal opportunity to learn and have fun. Indian Ocean Koombana Bay Leschenault Estuary Please share this booklet with your colleagues. Mangrove Habitat

4 CONTENTS 1. To Make A Booking 5 2. Cost of Activities 6 3. Excursion / Activity Program a) Foundation School Year 2 Activity 1: See Under the Sea 7 Activity 2: What s in the Mud 8 b) School Years 3-6 Activity 3: The Sea & Me 9 Activity 4: Mangroves are from Mars 10 c) School Years 7 10 Activity 5: Dolphin Dynamics 11 Activity 6: Mud, Mangroves & the Millennium 12 d) School Years Activity 7: The Marine World 13 Activity 8: Fisheries : Herring Dissection 13 e) Incursion Programs Activity 9: Bring the Sea to Me (all school years) 14 f) Boat Based Activity School Years 5 12 Activity 10: Boats, Biology & the Bay 14 g) Other Activities Activity 11: Aboriginal Histories and Cultures 15 Activity 12: School Staff Information Visit 15 Activity 13: Staff Professional Development Workshop 15 4

5 1. TO MAKE A BOOKING Telephone: (08) Fax: (08) Postal Address: PO Box 1178, Bunbury, WA 6231 Please have the following details available when you call: List of possible dates for your visit. The tour you have chosen from this booklet. Target Outcomes and desired ACARA Content Descriptions to be covered. Your estimated arrival and departure times. The number of students, teachers and assistants that will be visiting (note: minimum number of students is 15 per tour). School and teachers contact details (Inc. fax and address) ABN Number and Purchase Order Number. On confirmation of your booking we will forward: Evacuation and emergency documentation. Working with Children clearance. Insurance certificate of currency including marine insurance (if boat tour is booked). Activity sheets (if requested). Invoice for day of tour. Booking Terms and Conditions. Water Based Excursions Please note that all excursions at the Centre are considered to be Non Water Based Excursions (with the exception of the boat tours). Should dolphins visit the Interaction Zone the students will observe and record the dolphin s visit and behaviour from the shoreline. It will be at the discretion of the school as to whether the students are able to approach or enter the water however it should be noted that the DDC does hold Public Liability Insurance to the value of $

6 2. COST OF ACTIVITIES Activity Title School Year Level Duration (inc. 15 min break) Cost p/student 1. See Under the Sea Kindy Year 2 90 min $ What s in the Mud? Kindy Year 2 90 min $ The Sea and Me Year min $ Mangroves Are From Mars Year min $ Dolphin Dynamics Year min $ Mud, Mangroves and the Millennium Year min $ The Marine World Year min $ Fisheries Year min $ Bring the Sea to Me (Incursion Program) All Ages min $ Boats, Biology and the Bay Year min $ Aboriginal Histories and Cultures All Years min $ School Staff Information Visit Teachers 15-30min FREE 13. School Professional Development Visit Teachers min Group Rate Please note our Terms and Conditions regarding teachers and assistants. Whilst there is no charge for the nominated teacher/s of the visiting class, only 1 assistant for every 10 students will be free of charge. Also note that all passengers participating in activity 9 will be charged the full rate and a group rate applies for Activity 11.

7 3. EXCURSIONS / ACTIVITIES A. Foundation (P) Year 2 Pre Primary, Kindergarten, Years 1 and 2. ACTIVITY 1 See Under the Sea 90 minutes In this fun and interactive program students will observe and investigate marine animals in a range of different habitats. They will also be introduced to the concept of human impact such as pollution and the importance of looking after our marine environment to protect the animals they see and feel during the excursion. Students will: Explore a variety of marine animals and habitats found in the aquarium room and appreciate how and why they look / behave differently. Learn more about marine animals through games, discussions, cinema and role play activities: Develop an understanding of dolphins and other marine life through games, sand sculpturing and other beach activities (weather dependent). Participate in a beach treasure hunt for natural and processed materials on the shoreline. Learn more about endangered and threatened species and how we can protect them through the Turtle Rehabilitation Project (seasonal). Major Strands understanding as a human endeavour inquiry skills Biological sciences Sub-strands Arts, Humanities and Social s Content Descriptions Year P Year 1 Year 2 ACSSU002 ACSSU017 ACSSU211 ACSSU030 Chemical sciences NA ACSSU018 NA Earth and space sciences ACSSU004 ACSSU019 ACSSU032 Physical sciences ACSU005 ACSSU020 ACSSU033 Nature and development of science ACSHE013 ACSHE021 Use and influence of science NA ACSHE022 Questioning and predicting ACSIS014 ACSIS024 Planning and conducting ACSIS011 ACSIS025 Processing and analyzing data / info ACSIS233 ACSIS027 Evaluating NA ACSIS213 Communicating ACSIS012 ACSIS029 ACSIS025 ACSIS026 This table represents content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum that can/are achieved within this program. If specific descriptions within each strand need to be met during the excursion we encourage you as the teacher to inform us prior to the excursion to ensure we can meet your student s needs.

8 ACTIVITY 2 What s in the Mud? 90 minutes The colony of White Mangroves (Avicennia marina) located adjacent to the Centre is considered one of the most unique and mysterious habitats in the South West. Students will observe a range of animals and plants that can be seen living amongst them and investigate those that cannot be seen through active scientific investigation. An understanding of protecting areas so that the animals and plants they see on the excursion can survive will also be introduced. They will: See, feel, taste and smell the mangrove s from a safe wooden boardwalk that weaves through the colony. Investigate the life forms (hands-on) within the mud. Identify other animals found within or near the mangroves. Discuss the importance of the mangroves for these animals and the wider environment and understand how we are protecting them from damage. Arts, Humanities and Social s Major Strands understanding as a human endeavour inquiry skills Biological sciences Sub-strands Content Descriptions Year P Year 1 Year 2 ACSSU002 ACSSU017 ACSSU211 ACSSU030 Chemical sciences NA ACSSU018 NA Earth and space sciences ACSSU004 ACSSU019 ACSSU032 Physical sciences ACSU005 ACSSU020 ACSSU033 Nature and development of science ACSHE013 ACSHE021 Use and influence of science NA ACSHE022 Questioning and predicting ACSIS014 ACSIS024 Planning and conducting ACSIS011 ACSIS025 Processing and analyzing data / info ACSIS233 ACSIS027 ACSIS212 ACSIS025 ACSIS026 Evaluating NA ACSIS213 Communicating ACSIS012 ACSIS029 This table represents content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum that can/are achieved within this program. If specific descriptions within each strand need to be met during the excursion we encourage you as the teacher to inform us prior to the excursion to ensure we can meet your student s needs. Please note that the mangroves activity involves teacher / assistant participation to ensure a safe and CLEAN learning environment 8

9 B. School Year 3-6 ACTIVITY 3 The Sea and Me minutes This program investigates and interprets information about cetaceans and other living organisms under the sea. Not only will students learn more about marine animals, biodiversity and the food-chain but also understand and recognise the need to act responsibly in relation to them and their environments. Students will: Explore a variety of marine animals and habitats found in the aquarium room and appreciate how and why they look / behave differently. Develop an understanding of dolphins and other marine life through games, discussions, digital animation, cinema, sand sculpturing and role play activities. Explore the coastal marine environment located adjacent to the Centre and investigate the biodiversity and abundance of local marine flora and fauna. Learn more about endangered and threatened species and how we can protect them through the Turtle Rehabilitation Project (seasonal). Appreciate how scientific knowledge can be collected and used to better understand marine animals and their environment. Arts, Humanities and Social s Major Strands understanding as a human endeavour inquiry skills Sub-strands Content Descriptions Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Biological sciences ACSSU044 ACSSU072 ACSSU043 ACSSU094 Chemical sciences NA ACSSU074 NA ACSSU095 Earth and space sciences NA ACSSU075 NA ACSSU096 Physical sciences ACSSU049 ACSSU076 ACSSU080 NA Nature and development of science ACSHE050 ACSHE061 ACSHE081 ACSHE098 Use and influence of science ACSHE051 ACSHE062 ACSHE083 ACSHE100 ACSHE220 Questioning and predicting ACSIS053 ACSIS064 ACSIS231 ACSIS232 Planning and conducting ACSIS054 ACSIS065 ACSIS066 ACSIS086 ACSIS103 ACSIS104 ACSIS105 ACSIS107 ACSIS221 Processing and analyzing ACSIS090 NA NA data / info ACSIS218 Evaluating NA NA NA ACSIS108 Communicating ACSIS060 ACSIS071 ACSIS093 ACSIS110 This table represents content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum that can/are achieved within this program. If specific descriptions within each strand need to be met during the excursion we encourage you as the teacher to inform us prior to the excursion to ensure we can meet your student s needs. 9

10 ACTIVITY 4 Mangroves Are From Mars minutes During this activity students will discover the unique biology and ecology of the mangrove habitat found adjacent to the Centre and appreciate the critical role it plays to support and sustain the entire local marine eco-system. An important component of this activity will also be to evaluate human impacts on the local mangrove environment, recognize the importance of conservation and to identify additional ways we can protect them for future conservation. Critical topics of biodiversity and food webs will also be explained and demonstrated. Students will: Explore the mangrove habitat along an exclusive wooden boardwalk. Here they will observe a diversity of animals and plants that exist within and/or depend upon the mangrove system and discuss changes and adaptations based on tidal movements and seasons. Use each of their senses (see, touch, hear, smell and taste) to experience this incredible species Avicennia marina that truly represents one of nature s finest examples of adaptation. Participate in a hands-on catch and release investigation activity requiring them to collect, organize and interpret their data and identify animals that live within the mangrove environment. Arts, Humanities and Social s Major Strands understanding as a human endeavor inquiry skills Sub-strands Content Descriptions Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Biological sciences ACSSU044 ACSSU072 ACSSU043 ACSSU094 Chemical sciences ACSSU046 ACSSU074 ACSSU077 ACSSU095 Earth and space sciences ACSSU048 ACSSU075 NA ACSSU096 Physical sciences NA ACSSU076 ACSSU080 ACSSU219 Nature and development of science Use and influence of science ACSHE051 ACSHE062 ACSHE050 ACSHE061 ACSHE081 ACSHE098 ACSHE083 ACSHE217 ACSHE100 ACSHE220 Questioning and predicting ACSIS053 ACSIS064 ACSIS231 ACSIS232 Planning and conducting ACSIS054 ACSIS065 ACSIS066 ACSIS086 ACSIS088 ACSIS103 ACSIS104 ACSIS105 ACSIS107 ACSIS221 Processing and analyzing ACSIS090 NA NA data / info ACSIS218 Evaluating NA NA ACSIS091 ACSIS108 Communicating ACSIS060 ACSIS071 ACSIS093 ACSIS110 This table represents content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum that can/are achieved within this program. If specific descriptions within each strand need to be met during the excursion we encourage you as the teacher to inform us prior to the excursion to ensure we can meet your student s needs. 10

11 C. School Year 7-10 ACTIVITY 5 Dolphin Dynamics minutes This activity will introduce the local Bottlenose dolphins and how the environment they live in shapes their biology and ecology. There is a focus on species interdependencies that exist in the area and how both anthropogenic and natural changes have impacted the dolphins and their local marine environment. This knowledge will re-enforce the importance of the research programs currently conducted here at the Centre and provide the students with the ability to identify variables that influence natural processes. Students will also be asked to formulate management strategies that promote conservation and sustainability. Students will: Develop an understanding of dolphins and other marine life and their classification through games, digital animation and cinema presentations, aquarium displays and preserved specimens. Explore the coastal marine environment located adjacent to the Centre and investigate the biodiversity and abundance of local marine flora and fauna. Learn more about local industry, urban development and how they have shaped Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Estuary. Upon request, students may also experience a real scientific activity (dolphin or turtle project) that uses equipment to collect identifying variables (quantitative data) that can be measured and statistically analysed. Major Strands understanding as a human endeavour Sub-strands Arts, Humanities and Social s Content Descriptions Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 ACSSU111 ACSSU112 ACSSU149 ACSSU150 ACSSU175 ACSSU176 Biological sciences Chemical sciences NA NA NA NA ACSSU116 Earth and space sciences ACSSU222 ACSSU153 ACSSU180 NA Physical sciences ACSSU118 ACSSU155 NA NA Nature and development ACSHE119 ACSHE134 ACSHE157 of science ACSHE223 ACSHE226 ACSHE158 Use and influence of science ACSHE120 ACSHE121 ACSHE224 ACSHE135 ACSHE136 ACSHE227 ACSHE161 ACSSU185 ACSHE191 ACSHE192 ACSH195 ACSHE230 Questioning and predicting ACSIS124 ACSIS139 ACSIS164 ACSIS198 ACSIS140 ACSIS165 ACSIS199 Planning and conducting ACSIS126 ACSIS141 ACSIS166 ACSIS200 inquiry Processing and analyzing ACSIS169 ACSIS203 ACSIS130 ACSIS145 skills data / info ACSIS170 ACSIS204 ACSIS131 ACSIS146 ACSIS171 ACSIS205 Evaluating ACSIS132 ACSIS234 ACSIS172 ACSIS206 Communicating ACSIS133 ACSIS148 ACSIS174 ACSIS208 This table represents content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum that can/are achieved within this program. If specific descriptions within each strand need to be met during the excursion we encourage you as the teacher to inform us prior to the excursion to ensure we can meet your student s needs. 11

12 ACTIVITY 6 Mangroves and the Millennium minutes Students will investigate and explore the composition of the mangrove habitat located within the Leschenault Inlet and identify the miracle adaptations they have made to survive in such a harsh environment. They will also identify the interdependencies that exist between the mangroves and the local flora and fauna and how both anthropogenic and natural changes have impacted the area over time. Identifying these critical variables that influence the natural processes will also allow the students to formulate theories on future impact and the establishment of management strategies that promote future conservation and sustainability. Students will: Explore the mangrove habitat from a wooden boardwalk and observe a diversity of animals and plants that exist within and/or depend upon the mangrove system. Conduct their own hands-on catch and release investigation activity using basic scientific field equipment. During this activity they will collect, organize and interpret their own data and ultimately present a real time biodiversity index for the entire habitat. Mathematics, the Arts, Humanities and Social s Major Strands understanding as a human endeavour Sub-strands Content Descriptions Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 ACSSU111 ACSSU112 ACSSU149 ACSSU150 ACSSU175 ACSSU176 Biological sciences Chemical sciences NA NA NA NA ACSSU116 Earth and space sciences ACSSU222 ACSSU153 ACSSU180 NA Physical sciences ACSSU118 ACSSU155 NA NA Nature and development ACSHE119 ACSHE134 ACSHE157 of science ACSHE223 ACSHE226 ACSHE158 Use and influence of science ACSHE120 ACSHE121 ACSHE224 ACSHE135 ACSHE136 ACSHE227 ACSHE161 ACSSU185 ACSHE191 ACSHE192 ACSH195 ACSHE230 Questioning and predicting ACSIS124 ACSIS139 ACSIS164 ACSIS198 ACSIS140 ACSIS165 ACSIS199 Planning and conducting ACSIS126 ACSIS141 ACSIS166 ACSIS200 inquiry Processing and analyzing ACSIS169 ACSIS203 ACSIS130 ACSIS145 skills data / info ACSIS170 ACSIS204 ACSIS131 ACSIS146 ACSIS171 ACSIS205 Evaluating ACSIS132 ACSIS234 ACSIS172 ACSIS206 Communicating ACSIS133 ACSIS148 ACSIS174 ACSIS208 This table represents content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum that can/are achieved within this program. If specific descriptions within each strand need to be met during the excursion we encourage you as the teacher to inform us prior to the excursion to ensure we can meet your student s needs. 12

13 D. SCHOOL YEAR ACTIVITY 7 The Marine World Arts, Humanities and Social s 120 minutes This program will take a closer look at the adaptations and specialization marine animals have made to live in the Marine World. They will also gain a solid understanding of the threats facing our marine life and what can be done to manage both the threats and the animals themselves. Students will: Develop an understanding of dolphins and other marine life through games, discussions, digital animation and cinema. Participate in the weighing, feeding and measuring of endangered Loggerhead Turtles as part of the Centre s turtle rehabilitation program (seasonal). Complete a worksheet (optional) on the specializations and adaptations exhibited by the marine life found in aquariums on site at the DDC. ACTIVITY 8 Fisheries Arts, Humanities and Social s 120 minutes This program will provide a hands-on dissection activity designed to create an awareness of the biology and ecology of bony fishes and how it relates to fisheries management. Students will: Dissect and identify the internal features of a bony fish. Determine the key features of their anatomy that allow them to survive underwater. Remove and examine the fish ear bones (otoliths). Complete a worksheet on fish ageing strategies that assist in the management of key fish stocks found in Western Australia. 13

14 E. Incursion Programs (All Years) ACTIVITY 9 Arts, Humanities and Social s minutes This program provides students with experiences of exploration and investigation within their own classroom. They will have a lot of fun learning more about marine animals and will be introduced to the importance of looking after our environment to protect the animals they see and feel during the excursion. Students will: Learn more about dolphins and other marine animals through games, discussions, DVD presentations and role play activities. Inspect the biology and ecology of various living invertebrates found within the mobile touch tank. Explore the anatomy of a variety of marine vertebrates and invertebrates using models and preserved displays. F. Boats, Biology and the Bay (School Year 5+) ACTIVITY 10 Arts, Humanities and Social s 60 minutes Students will gain a better understanding of the Koombana Bay environment inclusive of human activities and the potential impacts they impose. This boat based tour will also introduce dolphin research strategies and how the information is used for conservation purposes. The students will: Collect, record and collate data on the dolphin, the weather conditions and boating activity during the trip. Observe dolphins in their natural environment. Learn more about Koombana Bay as a working Port Facility and how the local waterways have been modified over the past 150 years to accommodate for it. Identify the risks to the local environment and what can be done to promote its future sustainability. ** Life jackets will be supplied for all students on request. 14

15 G. Other Activities ACTIVITY 11 Aboriginal Histories and Cultures minutes Aboriginal histories and cultures Geography, the Arts, Humanities and Social s, History, English Sustainability Troy Bennell is an esteemed Noongar artist, member of the Balardung people and runs Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tours. He aspires to showcase the traditional and contemporary Noongar culture and history and to provide opportunities for all learners to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with one of the world s oldest continuous living cultures. Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, country and people which is not only incredibly entertaining, but will enrich their ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of a multi-cultural Australia. Students will: Explore the mangrove habitat from a wooden boardwalk and learn about the natural, cultural and spiritual connection the Balardung people have with this unique habitat. Enjoy local indigenous music, dance and dreamtime and learn about the connection the local Noongar people have with Koombana Bay and the dolphins that live within it. ACTIVITY 12 School Staff Information Visit Would you like further information? If you require further information for your staff, our Education Officer is available to attend one of your PD days or staff meetings to give a presentation and answer all of your questions. ACTIVITY 13 School Professional Development Workshops The Dolphin Discovery Centre provides a comprehensive range of opportunities for professional development programs to be conducted by schools for their staff. Programs can include Marine Environment Awareness, Aboriginal Histories and Cultures and Coastal Sustainability. During the workshops or courses, the schools will have full access to the facilities of the Centre and have opportunities to explore the local area under guidance by Centre staff. Boat Tours runs by ABSea Charters is also available and catering is also an option upon request 15

16 Dolphin Discovery Centre PO Box 1178, Bunbury WA 6231 Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA 6230 Phone: Fax: Web: 16

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