Students will learn about the different zones in the ocean and how organisms adapt to survive in these environments.
Students will study the most important marine habitats of Western Australia and their inhabitants.
Students will investigate the role seagrass meadows play in providing an important nearshore habitat for marine organisms. They will also identify risks to the integrity of seagrass communities and investigate improved management strategies.
Students will investigate the formation and biology of coral reefs and the diversity of life they support. Students will also understand threats to the health of coral reefs.
Students will learn about the rocky intertidal zone, the organisms that live there and the challenges they face to survive. The presentations 'Inhabiting the Intertidal' and 'The Intertidal Zone: a reef platform' relate to this lesson plan.
Students will study a reef platform, to identify organisms living on the platform, and provide reasoning as to their distribution.
Students will use the book Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson to learn about rock pools and symbiotic relationships in the marine environment.
Students will understand how light affects the biology and ecology of marine life.
Students discover the adaptations that fish have to help them survive in a wide range of aquatic environments. Students use this knowledge to design their own fish according to different types of habitats.
Students will read the book Jinormous Jack by Josephine Barrymore and illustrated by Steve Dance, and explore the Ningaloo reef ecosystem and biology of whale sharks.
Students will investigate the needs of marine organisms and the role they play in marine ecosystems through a ‘musical chairs’ style game and constructing a habitat diorama.
Students will identify the key features of estuarine crocodiles and recognise how these features enable them to survive and adapt to the aquatic environment of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
Students will understand the forces that influence tides and the significance of the Lunar cycle. Students will interpret tidal movement by analysing tidal patterns and predicted tide tables.
Students will explore the features and depth profile of the ocean floor through viewing bathymetry maps, diagrams and animations, culminating in the construction of a shoe box model of the ocean floor.
Through constructing a mangrove ecosystem storyboard, students will explore the function of mangrove ecosystems and how organisms depend on mangroves for food, shelter and lifecycle.
This poster explores the myriad of marine habitats found in Western Australia.
A poster featuring the pathway of the Leeuwin current along the Western Australia coastline.
Black bream is one of the most important recreational and commercial fish species in the estuaries of south-Western Australia. A 'true' estuarine species, black bream complete their whole lifecycle within an estuary and are reliant on healthy rivers and estuaries
Western Fisheries article by Steve Ireland, November 2011, pg. 52-53
Until 10 or 15 years ago, deepwater species in Western Australia have escped the attention of recreational fishers. However, anglers armed with large boats and hi-tech fishing gear are pursuing several long-lived species like hapuku and bass groper. This article
Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson, Jul 2010, pg. 38-41. Every time the Western Australian Museum, the Australian Institute of Marine Research, the CSIRO, WA government scientists or any of our universities surveys WA’s northern waters, their findings reinforce the
Western Fisheries article, Jan 2008, pg. 48-49
Western Fisheries article by C. Amalfi, Dec 2005, pg. 8-13
Humble though they may seem and occupying a low position in the marine food web, plankton are vital to the health not only of oceans, but also of the world’s atmospheric and terrestrial environments. Increasingly, plankton are also seen by
The Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS) was established 83 years ago. Eloise Dortch attended its annual conference held in Fremantle and found some of its most eminent speakers wondered whether in the future, there would be any coral reefs left
Western Fisheries article by F. Wells, J. Keesing and T. Irvine, Jan 2008, pg. 40-41
A high percentage of fish caught commercially spend some time in mangroves or are dependent on food chains which can be traced back to mangroves. With mangrove cover decreasing worldwide, Carmelo Amalfi reports on the state of Western Australia’s mangal
It is deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon. It attracts hundreds of hungry whales to the Western Australian coast each summer. And it is right off the coast of Perth, just west of Rottnest Island. Carmelo Amalfi delves into
or How Sea Wrack Plays a Vital Role in Raising Fish Seaweed and seagrass washed up on the beach may look unsightly and smell even worse, but they provide a nutritional haven for many marine species. Steve Ireland explains
Cathy Anderson discovers some astonishing facts about a substance many of us take for granted: sea water, Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson Mar 2009, pg. 50-55
Watch the flowers bloom around your home this spring, then imagine the same wonder of nature taking place underwater in fields of seagrasses within snorkelling distance of the Western Australian coast. The shallow coastal beds shared by other unique marine
Referred to as the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs), the remote location of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is the key to their unique and spectacular marine biodiversity.
At 5,500 kilometres, the Leeuwin Current is the world's longest continuous coastal or boundary current.
Explore the range of marine habitats found in Western Australia. This presentation is a resource related to the "Who Lives Where?" Lesson Plan.
Learn about the different types of corals and the organisms inhabiting coral reef environments.
Learn about the organisms that inhabit our intertidal rocky shores. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Inhabiting Intertidal Rocky Shores' and 'Excursion: Intertidal Investigation' lesson plans.
Explore the zones of the intertidal zone and learn about the challenges that organisms inhabiting this environment face. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Inhabiting Intertidal Rocky Shores' and 'Excursion: Intertidal Investigation' lesson plans.
This PowerPoint presentation illustrates the various marine environment from above and below. This is a related resource to the Home Sweet Home lesson plan.