Teacher guide Interdependence in the environment

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Within an ecosystem there are interdependent relationships between the species of that environment which are recognised and understood in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ecological knowledge and practices. This classroom activity provides students with the opportunity to develop science understanding of the interdependencies of ecosystems, abiotic factors and matter and energy flow through the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander use of fire to manage country. Students will construct an interdependency diagram to model the interactions of plants, animal and other biotic factors in their local ecosystem. They will research the land management practices of different landscapes and make a recommendation for the most appropriate land management practice suitable for their local region, justifying their decision. Students can then construct a second inter-dependency model to demonstrate the impact they hypothesise this management strategy would have on the ecosystem.



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