Sunday, October 30, 2011


How do plants and animals survive in a rockpool? Employing a student’s innate curiousity about the unusual AUSMEPA invite teachers to use discovery of intertidal wildlife to begin an exploration of science, ecological, environmental and conservation topics. AUSMEPA’s new unit of work ROCKPOOLS will stimulate a wide range of students. Our practical experience has shown us that many students who are difficult to engage on other topics warm quickly to this one. It is based on the study of one of natures most magical and exciting places to explore.

Research topic areas for enquiry based education include pages on a assortment of seemingly alien invertebrate and vertebrate animal types from some of the simplest up to some of the smartest. Rockpools are rich in animal foods too, like the lovely seaweeds and seagrasses brought to light in this unit.

Studded with wonderful original photos of rockpool inhabitants the webpages also feature photos of students deep in discovery of that unique place where the air the land and the sea meet.

Safety is a foundation topic and essential when considering a school excursion. To assist teachers in considering an excursion we have included links to some of the wonderful Marine Discovery and Environmental Education Centres around Australia.

However one of the most anticipated inclusions in this unit and of special interest to teachers will be the unpacking of the National Curriculum within the teachers notes provided in pdf format. We understand the accountability and reporting requirements for teachers and provision of this asset has been high on the list of teacher requests. The Contents of the download includes:

Rockpool poster on school request
  • Australian Curriculum: Science Version 1.1 December 2010
  • Incorporating The Australian Curriculum: Science
  • Overarching Ideas ‐ Organisation of the unit of work
  • Assessment ideas ‐ Classroom preparation
  • Activities – Prior learning
  • Student goals
  • Tuning in
  • Investigative questions
  • Finding out – research  
  • Finding out – field work planning
  • Finding out – gathering data in the field  
  • Finding out – analysing data
  • Drawing conclusions, finding solutions
  • Communication

Try it. We’re pretty sure you’ll like it. You can find it here

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