The ecological communities being investigated are rocky shores of either Botany Bay or Shelley Beach at Cronulla. Contemporary secondary research into the role of Hormosira banksii (Neptune’s Necklace) as a keystone species of the rocky shore community inspires students’ preparation of questions and hypotheses.
Each Working Scientifically outcome has been interpreted in the design of a suite of learning experiences to facilitate a teacher guided inquiry with the option of extending into a depth study. Resources consist of seven “lessons” including a fieldwork journal for qualitative and quantitative data, supported by comprehensive pre and post excursion learning.
A sample formal assessment rubric provides criteria for assessment of a report that explains the working scientifically processes undertaken throughout the depth study. While offering a guided inquiry there exists an abundance of opportunities throughout the investigation for students to “go their own way” through negotiation with their teacher
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