Creating interactive wildlife encounters aligned to the VCE Biology study design is integral in providing strong, tangible examples for your students studies which they can bring to their exams and inspire their further studies. We supplement the VCE Biology Unit 1 Area of Study 2 perfectly, and answer the important question - how do living systems sustain life? Alongside the students, we discuss the key topics in outcome two - survival through adaptation and regulation, organising biodiversity and the relationships between organisms and their ecosystem.
By using wildlife as a learning tool in the room, we’re able to demonstrate, living, breathing systems and forms that your students will be inspired by. We also present and involve the students in a range of activities including scientific experiments to further their understanding of scientific practice and refine their key science skills. Questing, analysing, predicting are all drawn upon from the curriculum. Breathe life into this unit with science at its finest, meticulously carved over millions of years, and in your classroom.
Unlock your students' full potential to understand biology using living examples of their studies with an interactive wildlife encounter from Wildlife Gone Walkabout. Expand their ideas of living creatures with the skills to question, enquire and hypothesise the world around them all within the VCE Biology Unit 1 Study Design.
Our Educational Incursions run for approximately 1 hour and include 10 native Australian animals that all your students can interact with. Our professional wildlife demonstrators will arrive 15 prior to the start of the encounter to set up the space ready for the encounter to start. Along with our wildlife, we also provide a range of supplementary material presented in the space including banners, wildlife display information and various professional equipment. After an introduction by our team, we discuss the core ideas of area of study 2 and how our wildlife fit into the students studies. We bring out each animal individually introducing them to their unique ecology and history.
Throughout the presentation, our demonstrators will bring the animals around to your students letting them touch the wildlife, and there are countless opportunities for the students to come up and hold the wildlife creating a strong, tactile experience. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation and we to try answer as many as possible within the hour. During the show, our demonstrators also take the time explain some complex ideas within the study design through hands-on activities with the students. At the conclusion of the encounter, we discuss some of the highlights of the presentation and reinforce they key ideas and topics that we discussed during the show. To thank all of your students for getting involved we provide a small gift of a bookmark or sticker to remind them of their experience. After a short 15 minute pack down, our demonstrators will say goodbye and head back to the zoo.
Teacher Support Material
To support the topics covered in our incursion, we provide teaching resources to all VCE biology teachers as part of the educational incursion. Designed in collaboration with VCE biology educators, our support material highlights the key topics covered in our presentation, and uses specific wildlife as micro case studies for the students to investigate. We provide multiple worksheets for each topic with the area of study to reinforce the ideas ready for the end of year exams. All of the worksheets come with their corresponding answer sheets, however, if anything is unclear, please feel free to contact anytime. Access your resources here!
WHAT DO WE NEED?
To highlight the key knowledge points covered in the study design, we tailor make a package for your class which include wildlife that are the perfect examples of the topics to cover. We include a selection of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, all with key adaptations, relationships and research to give a comprehensive understanding of Area of Study 2 - how to living systems sustain life. Upon booking, we will discuss with you the ideal species for your presentation.
Maximum of 30* students per encounter
All prices exclude GST.
Prices correct as of 1 January 2019
*An additional cost will be charged per head above maximum.
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To make certain that your incursion is both safe and entertaining, we require the following:
An indoor space that is approximately 5m by 5m where the students can sit in a semicircle on the floor. A multiple purpose room or large classroom is perfect.
All students to wash their hands before and after the show.
Supervision by at least one educator throughout the presentation.
Parking provided at the venue as close to the presentation space as possible.
Access to the presentation space, uninterrupted by students for set-up and pack-up.
We also provide a Risk Assessment for all venues which outlines our procedures when working with animals. A copy of this can be provided to the venue prior to our arrival and requires a signature on the day.
The ‘hands-on, minds-on’ approach to learning is fast becoming the new way of teaching in a variety of learning environments. It uses the idea that our ability to retain information is enhanced by our use of visual, spatial and tactile activities by activating multiple areas in the brain, thus creating multiple pathways of memory (Judy Dodge, 2009). This is an incredibly important style of teaching, particularly when engaging with children as their senses are a vital part of learning (Ben Mardell, PhD). As we move toward becoming sustainable and environmentally aware individuals, our understanding and respect for our world is crucial, and it all starts with our appreciation for nature.
Teaching children about the wonders of our planet and the living things that inhabit it can only be enhanced by having nature in the room! Our encounters engage your students on all three levels - verbal, visual and tactile, creating a holistic learning experience. Wildlife become learning tools, as the students use their senses to explore the wildlife, they create strong, positive associations which will carry them through to adulthood. Being inspired by nature will create strong minded individuals who will protect and value our native species. The survival of our planet is a door, and our ‘hands-on, minds-on’ wildlife encounters are the key.