Investigating the grassland ecosystem

Investigating the Grassland Ecosystem sees VCE students explore the diversity that exists between animals, plants and other organisms within a grassland ecosystem.

Students will search for evidence of animals and determine the factors that limit the holding capacity for a recovery species. They will identify various plants and apply student learning to determine the features a plant has to aid its survival in a region of low water availability and the importance of it as a bushfood to the local Wurundjeri people.

Through fieldwork, students will research biotic and abiotic factors in a grassland community, revealing how the altering of any single factor impacts upon the ecosystem as a whole. Observation, monitoring, data collection and analysis through quadrats are integral to this program.

Learning Outcomes

This program can be used to meet the requirements of the School Assessed Coursework (SAC).

Zoos Victoria Education aligns with best practice and learning strategies for VCE and has a strong focus on collaborative learning and developing inquiry skills.

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