The Australian Museum, Taronga Zoo and Royal Botanic Gardens are proud to present a new virtual excursion for Stage 6 Module 3: Biological Diversity. Join us live online for three hours across a day to examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species.This engaging program has been designed to replace the popular Evolution of Australian Biota study days.
Australian Museum: students investigate fossils, skeletons and DNA data from Australian animals to learn how comparative anatomy and genetics support the Theory of Evolution.
Botanic Garden: students will engage in primary and secondary investigations using native Australian flora to discover cutting edge botanic science developments. Collaborative inquiry based projects using critical and creative thinking will develop students understanding of biological diversity and the Theory of Evolution.
Taronga Zoo: a zoo educator provides students the opportunity to engage with live animals while learning about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. They will explore the impacts that selection pressures have on population dynamics. Students will discover how adaptations increase an organism’s chance of survival while interacting with a selection of Australian animals.
* A reliable internet connection* A camera and microphone connected to your device* A device with a display, e.g. Laptop, Chromebook, iPad, Desktop
For a whole class or group connecting together you will also need: * A projector or screen connected to your device* Working speakers connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up If connecting on individual devices you will need: * Working speakers or headphones connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up.
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Please provide an individual classroom teacher email and mobile contact when making the booking.
An email with the link to join Zoom and any further information will be sent to you by the Australian Museum at least one week before your session.
Biology Stage 6 Module 3: Biological Diversity 1. Effects of the environment on organisms Inquiry Question: How do environmental pressures promote a change in species diversity and abundance? Investigate changes in a population of organisms due to selection pressure over time (ACSBL002, ACSBL094) 2. Adaptations Inquiry Question: How do adaptations increase the organism’s ability to survive? Conduct practical investigations, individually or in teams, or use secondary sources to examine the adaptations of organisms that increase their ability to survive in theirenvironment, including: – structural adaptations – physiological adaptations – behavioural adaptations Investigate, through secondary sources, the observations and collection of data that were obtained by Charles Darwin to support the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, for example: – finches of the Galapagos islands – Australian flora and fauna 3. Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection Inquiry Question: What is the relationship between evolution and biodiversity? Explain biological diversity in terms of the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection by examining the changes in and diversification of life since it first appeared on the Earth (ACSBL088) Analyse how an accumulation of microevolutionary changes can drive evolutionary changes and speciation over time, for example: (ACSBL034, ACSBL093) – evolution of the horse – evolution of the platypus Explain using examples, how Darwin and Wallace’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection accounts for: – convergent evolution – divergent evolution 4. Evolution – the Evidence Inquiry Question: What is the evidence that supports the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection? Investigate, using secondary sources, evidence in support of Darwin and Wallace’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, including but not limited to: – biochemical evidence, comparative anatomy, comparative embryology and biogeography (ACSBL089)
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Any changes to numbers or cancellations must be made in writing by emailing [email protected] before the date for Final Confirmation (14 days prior to your visit). Sessions require a minimum of 20 students to go ahead. While we make all attempts to combine schools to reach the minimum, we may cancel sessions if this minimum number cannot be reached.