This lesson serves as an introduction to the region of Moreton Bay as well as the Snorkel for Queensland's Marine Mammals expedition. Yes, it is a 'worksheet', but it is also so much more. Using the Australian Curriculum's 7 Key Geographic Concepts as a starting point (place, space, scale, environment, change, interconnection and sustainability), students gain an understanding of how these concepts apply in the context of Moreton Bay. The lesson has been created for year 9 Geography, however, it could easily be adapted to suit other year levels and subjects. The task is designed to be used as a launching pad to exploring the region in greater depth.
After locating Moreton Bay using Google Earth, students will look at the human and natural features found as well as the patterns of land-use that are spatially associated with the region (including an analysis of land-use change - see attached pdf). An overview of the interconnection between Brisbane's urban area and the bay will be used to better understand how human activities negatively impact the region. By looking at the Ramsar Convention, students will understand the international significance of Moreton Bay's wetland/seagrass ecosystem. Finally, the history of the region will be analysed in order to evaluate the future sustainability of Moreton Bay.