Assessment occurs throughout the learning process
and opportunities for assessment for learning are suggested in the
Learning Plan (see menu, left). This informs teachers about the
"focused teaching" required for different learners' needs.
Performance assessment tasks allow students to show and apply their
learning in a purposeful and contextualised way.
What can students do to conserve biodiversity in
their local area?
What can be done in our local area to conserve
Each research team will investigate a key issue e.g. weeds,
feral animals, domestic pests, wildfire.
You will need to:
- gather background information on the issue (this could include
interviewing/surveying the community);
- identify possible contributing factors and social and
- investigate what action has already been taken (including the
key organizations involved) and what the results were;
- choose a specific area to conduct research on a local ecosystem
— this could be the
schoolyard, your backyard, local park, riparian area (waterway)
Students choose a specific area to conduct
- what aspects of the flora/fauna/ soil/ water to study;
- how to make measurements, collect information, display
- what to conclude from the study;
- create a food web to show the relationships between the plants
and animals in your area;
- compare your findings to the relevant biodiversity issues in
- propose a course of action and;
- communicate your findings and recommendations.
Your report, including findings and recommendations, will be
presented (multi-media presentation) to your fellow researchers and
a decision made on which issue/recommendations will be funded.
You will be part of the planning of the chosen project,
including liaising with key organizations in order to implement the
- Printable work samples including:
- key characteristics of savannas
- role of termites in the savannas
- Consequence chart of impacts on savanna ecosystems
- Mind map/definition on biodiversity of Australia's Tropical
Savannas (developed over the unit)
- Student learning journal.
Student Self Assessment and Reflection
- Students may wish to set their own personal goals
- Students may peer assess
- At all stages students should be given the opportunity to
reflect on their performance and progress and to identify what they
need to do next in order to be successful. A learning journal
(written/video) would be a great way to keep records of this