For students completing Units 1-4, the ALA education material has been split into topics that align with the Australian Curriculum. Each topic contains a question or set of questions, which, using the ALA, provide Australian examples using real data.
Completion of these requires students to have an understanding of some of the functions of the ALA. The ALA User Guides provide simple instructions on the necessary processes, but we recommend the teacher go through some of the basics with the students first.
- Food webs and food chains
- Native species pests
- Ecosystem classification
- Symbiotic relationships
- Estimating populations
While these activities are designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum with a local focus, they are not the only ways that the ALA can be used in Year 11 and 12 classes. Feel free to amend these activities to suit your needs, or if you can see other ways to incorporate ALA use, please do so. We would be keen to hear about how you’re using the ALA in your classroom.
Biology and Environmental Science
How can the Atlas of Living Australia assist you with the fieldwork component?
- You can determine what species occur/have occurred in that area. How? Click here for instructions.
- You can generate a field guide of the species there, or a selected set of those species. How? Click here for instructions.
- The ALA can assist you in identification of unknown species. How? Click here for instructions.
- You can log the sightings of the species you see and create maps to see the distributions of your own sightings. How? Click here for instructions.