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FREE Lesson plans and resource kits to borrow

We have 14 boxed kits each containing a detailed lesson plan and associated materials required to conduct the lesson. These kits can be borrowed for free by contacting woodbridgemdc@education.tas.gov.au

These kits come courtesy of The Belmont Forum, an international body for national scientific funding agencies that collaborate in addressing the challenges and opportunities of global environmental change. One particular project they are supporting is Global learning for local solutions: Reducing vulnerability of marine-dependent coastal communities (GULLS), which includes CSIRO as partners.

In December 2015 GULLS and CSIRO sponsored staff from UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science’s Marine Activities, Resources & Education to travel to Tasmania to conduct workshops for teachers and science professional interested teaching ocean sciences. They also provided these kits for Tasmanian teachers to use.

Please note that some kits might require you to supply extra items yourself as well renew the consumables before you return them to the MDC.


Biological sciences: Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)

Water, Water Everywhere: Students investigate properties of water through hands-on experiences and guided observation. They explore sinking and floating, properties of boats, surface tension, and volume at several activity stations.

Year 1

Biological sciences: Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

Earth and space sciences: Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)

Seashore Charades: Students act out the adaptations of organisms at the rocky seashore at high tide and low tide using pictures and slides as prompts.

Seashore Sleuthing: Students investigate the properties of sand and rocks. Through hands-on activity stations and guided observations they explore beaches and rocks, make candy ‘sand’, investigate sand through microscopes and compare the relative stability of sand, gravel, and rocks.

Year 3

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

Beach Buckets: Students in small groups explore a simulated sandy beach in a plastic tub that is littered with beach drift and debris, and discover the differences between once living (biotic) and never living (abiotic) objects through cooperative small group work.

Year 4

Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)

Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Sand on Stage: Students, using magnifiers and working in small groups, compare the colour, size and shape of several sand samples to determine their origins.

Oil on the Beach: Students learn where oil comes from, the many ways people use oil, and how and why we should conserve it. They help make a classroom sandy beach and observe how it is affected by simulated tidal changes as oil spilled offshore washes onto the beach. Students then work in small groups using a variety of methods to attempt to clean up an oil spill.

Open Ocean/Estuary Food Web: Students view a DVD clip of the open ocean/ temperate estuary habitat, then work together to create a food web for this habitat.

Oyster Beds: Students, in small groups, make observations about oyster shells and communicate their observations to other students with words or drawings. Then they find the “match” to their shell and with their partner hypothesize about the living animal which made it.

Year 5

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Bird Beak Buffet: Students role play species of birds with beaks of different shapes and sizes. They gather different food items with their ‘beaks’, and graph the results, and compare their feeding success.

Adaptations to Feeding: Students examine photographs and plastic models of ocean animals and information about food sources in order to investigate possible adaptations related to feeding.

It takes all kinds: Students observe colour and shape adaptations in diverse fish and use this information to predict fish habitat and lifestyle.

Year 6

The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Waste Disposal: Student groups make predictions about the best and worst locations in the ocean to dispose of waste from imaginary countries. They then perform tests with a simple model of an ocean and interpret and present their findings.

Current trends: Groups of students examine the relationship between temperature, salinity, and density as they rotate together to three different activities and experiments set up as stations.

What's the Catch?: Students work cooperatively in small groups to learn about five fisheries that are among the most overexploited ocean resources across the planet.

Squids: Outside and In: Students work in pairs to dissect a squid and investigate its structure and how all the parts function together to allow the squid to survive and thrive in its open ocean environment.