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Pond Dipping - Aquatic ecosystems and indicator species

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Aquatic ecosystems and indicator species

Facilitated Day Program
Years: Grade 7-12
Students: 25 students, sessions able to be run 30 mins apart
Duration: 1 hour

2014: $5.75 per student (minimum group cost $75)
2015: $6.00 per student (minimum group cost $80)
2016: $6.25 per student (minimum group cost $85)
Teacher / student ratio: 1:15

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Discover the teaming life in a fresh water pond
Explore the relationships between predator and prey
Compare your predictions with your survey results

Conduct a survey of the aquatic ecosystems in the ANBG.  Use simple keys to identify some of our macroinvertebrates and aquatic plant life and learn about how abiotic factors can influence the health of our ponds.

The Australian Curriculum – Science Links

Year 7
There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)

Year 9
Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)

Year 11 and 12
Biology Unit
Conduct investigations, including using ecosystem surveying techniques, safely, competently and methodically for the collection of valid and reliable data (ACSBL003)
Select, construct and use appropriate representations, including classification keys, food webs and biomass pyramids, to communicate conceptual understanding, solve problems and make predictions (ACSBL006)
Biological classification is hierarchical and based on different levels of similarity of physical features, methods of reproduction and molecular sequences (ACSBL016)
Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment (ACSBL019)
Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease (ACSBL020)
Keystone species play a critical role in maintaining the structure of the community; the impact of a reduction in numbers or the disappearance of keystone species on an ecosystem is greater than would be expected based on their relative abundance or total biomass (ACSBL024)

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