Stage 6: Biological Diversity

Stage 6: Biological Diversity

Overview

Biodiversity is important to balance the Earth’s ecosystems. Students will learn about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, evidence for evolution and the effect of various selective pressures, focusing on species observed by Charles Darwin.

In this workshop, students investigate different types of adaptations and the relationships between organisms in terms of specialisation, using a range of interesting Australian and exotic species as examples.

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning Seminar Rooms at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Students will examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species.Students will examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species.

Outcomes

Stage 6

  • BIO11-5 analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information
  • BIO11-7 communicates scientific understanding using suitable language and terminology for a specific audience or purpose
  • BIO11-9 explains the structure and function of multicellular organisms and describes how the coordinated activities of cells, tissues and organs contribute to macroscopic processes in organisms
  • BIO11-10 describes biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species