Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem
Using two real-life case studies, discover what experts need to consider in order to save a threatened frog and butterfly species from extinction. Develop an understanding of the impact of adaptations, homeostasis and disease on survival and collect data to determine how species interact within ecosystems.
Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem allows VCE Biology students to study the Southern Corroboree Frog as an in-depth case study to understand the factors affecting the survival of a species within an ecosystem. Students can also hone their practical investigation skills to plan and collect real-world data by surveying the distribution of a butterfly species within the Butterfly House. Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem is a real-world, practical investigation perfect for school assessed coursework.
Student will learn:
- The structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations of the Southern Corroboree Frog
- The factors to consider in designing an effective breeding program to save a species from extinction
- How disease, including a global devastating fungal infection, can affect a species
- Develop an understanding through multi-modal representations, classroom discussion and critical thinking activities
- Practice practical investigation skills to plan and collect real-world data by surveying the distribution of a butterfly species within the Butterfly House
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher – a Zoo educator will explore:
|Practical investigation with a Melbourne Zoo teacher: Collecting data in the butterfly house||40 minutes|
|Student-led research time – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks||1 - 4 hours|
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) - Biology
Area of Study 2: How do living systems sustain life?
Students will explore the survival of a species through learning about their adaptations, homeostasis, disease and natural history and how this understanding can inform strategies to prevent extinction of a species
Area of Study 3: Practical investigation
- Students will carry out a practical investigation that considers experimental design. This will include surveying butterflies within a habitat to collect and analyse data, which will inform strategies to conserve a threatened species of butterfly
Plan your excursion
Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Students will need a copy of the student workbook, clipboard and a pen. Teachers will need a copy of the teacher workbook. Student electronic devices are encouraged.
School groups will enter via Rail Gate. The organising teacher must present their booking confirmation to Admission staff prior to students and remaining teachers entering the Zoo. More information