Coastal Biodiversity

Welcome to NACC NRM's Coastal Biodiversity Education Package.

This is an exciting collection of learning resources developed by NACC NRM especially for Western Australian schools.

Coastal Biodiversity

How to Use

Learners will be passionate about learning when it involves solving problems that matter to them. This resource is designed to facilitate
learner engagement in real-world action, big or small. Select an individual Student Activity or take on an Inquiry Project and let it lead the
way. The Information Hub is there to support knowledge construction. The Teacher Section is there to support teachers as they facilitate
learners in their achievement of curriculum expectations.

Where to use this education package

These resources were developed to align directly with the Achievement Standards using the Judging Standards from the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

Please use them in a way that will work best for you (data projector, student devices or printed worksheets). It will usually be best to display and discuss the key learning intentions as a group before selecting methods to capture evidence of learning. For younger learners, some activities will be best done as a class.

Year Level (F-10)

Student Activities

Coastal Curiosity

What is Coastal Biodiversity?

Making Meaning

Animal Fact Sheet

Marine Trophic Levels

Impact of Change on Food Web

Plant Fact Sheet

Land Trophic Levels

Animal Adaptations

Food Chains

Coastal Food Web

Coastal Biodiversity Inquiry

NACC NRM Resources & Acknowledgements

Educational Support from NACC NRM

The NACC NRM can assist with educational experiences within the Northern Agricultural Region.

Classroom Visits – In-class activities could involve participants identifying different beachcombing items brought in by NACC NRM and discussing what makes these items distinctive to our coastline. Activities could also look at what makes up beach wrack and the fauna that are dependent on washed up seaweed, sea grass and decaying natural material.

Beachcombing – the beachcombing activity is designed to help participants identify items that are found washed up or living on our local beaches. Each “artefact” found on a beach can tell a story about what lies along the offshore marine ecosystem and the shoreline and explains what ecological processes are occurring along a coastal environment. Outside activities also include a beach walk and talk where participants are asked to go find something interesting they’ve spotted on the beach and bring it back to the group to talk about what they have found and identify it through the Beachcombers Guide Book and App.

Coastal Erosion Displays – NACC NRM offers an activity for students to learn about coastal erosion. Coastal erosion is the wearing away of, and the removal of, beach and sand dunes sediments by wave action, tidal currents and wave currents. In this display we hope students can explore the concept of coastal erosion and experiment with the different methods humans use to reduce the impact of coastal erosion.

Marine Debris Display – NACC NRM can help coordinate a beach cleanup and use the Tangaroa Blue database to record items and beach observations. This activity will highlight the quantity of plastic in the ocean and help students to understand what impact single use plastic has encourage them to minimise their own impact by choosing not to buy these products. To discuss educational opportunities for your class, please contact the Coastal and Marine Team at NACC NRM at nacc@nacc.com.au