Human activities destroying Moreton Bay?

Lesson 2

In this activity students will be split into groups of 4-5 students, with each group allocated a different resource looking at an issue that is affecting Moreton Bay.

The following links to news articles can be used to provide students with information on the issue: 

Further information on the impacts of human activities on Moreton Bay can be found here.

Outline of task

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Understanding Moreton Bay through the use of Geographic Concepts

Lesson 1

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.

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Impact of the Brisbane Floods and Visible Thinking

Lesson 3

Prior to watching the video, spend time as a class viewing the before and after images of the Queensland floods of 2010-11. Images can be found here.

As they view the images, students are to use the think, puzzle, explore thinking routine to create a concept map of the topic.

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Show the Catalyst Video on Moreton Bay and the effects of the Brisbane River Floods entitled Coastal Flood Impact which can be accessed here.

Even though this video focuses on human impacts, it gives a good introduction to Moreton Bay. It provides students with a visual reference, introduces them to new terminology (such as sediment, catchment and ecosystem), and presents human impacts. As they watch the video, students should answer the questions that can be downloaded as a PDF document here.