Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre

Telephone02 4573 6323

Emaillongneck-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

In-school programs

Longneck Lagoon EEC can deliver programs in your school. These curriculum-based programs range in length from 40 minute hands-on workshops through to half day investigations. Contact the Centre for more information or to make a booking.

Sustainability/environmental education

STEM

Citizen science

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 - Nature Needs You!

Nature Needs You! is an engaging 40 minute hands-on workshop addressing issues of lunchbox waste and the impact of waste on the environment.


Stage 2 and Stage 3 - schoolyard investigations

A range of schoolyard investigations can be carried out using a variety of fieldwork skills, equipment and techniques. Workshops can be tailored to suit a range of topics and timeframes from 1 hour to half day programs. 


Stage 2 and 3 - Environmental audits

Longneck lagoon EEC staff can work with your students to conduct investigations at your school site into:

  • waste and litter
  • biodiversity.

We will then assist your students to develop action plans to make a change for the better.


 

STEM Incursions - scroll down to see the range of incursions

Longneck Lagoon EEC offers a range of incursions with a STEM focus. All incursions are based on quality children's literature.

Early Stage 1 The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman

About the incursion:

Incursion workshop runs for 1 hour.

Group reading of the picture book The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman.

View a range of bird nests noting how nests are made and the materials used by birds. Watch a short time-lapse video of a bird constructing a nest.

Students work in small groups to construct their own bird nest.

Students test their nest in a model tree fork.

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Stage 1 Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen

About the incursion:

Incursion workshop runs for 1 hour.

Group reading of the picture book Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen.

Discuss what happened in the story and why things happened.

In small groups test a variety of containers to find the best boat.

Identify characteristics of a ‘good’ boat.

Design and make a boat to hold a minimum of five animals.

Re-enact the story with students as characters.

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Stage 1 The Very Ugly Bug by Liz Pichon

About the incursion:

Incursion workshop runs for 1 hour.

Group reading of the picture book The Very Ugly Bug by Liz Pichon.

Discuss observable features of the bug in the book. Discuss observable features of other bugs.

Observe resin bugs and identify observable features and identify body parts.

Create a unique bug using air-dry clay.

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Stage 2 The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashleigh Spiers

About the incursion:

Incursion workshop runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Group reading of the picture book The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashleigh Spiers.

Undertake the challenge of designing, constructing and evaluating a marble run. Students will assess their design against pre-determined criteria and re-design, re-construct and re-evaluate their run.

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Stage 3 Engibear's Bridge by Andrew King

About the incursion:

Incursion workshop runs for 2 hours.

Group reading of the picture book Engibear’s Bridge by Andrew King.

Undertake the challenge of designing, constructing and evaluating a bridge. Students will assess their design against pre-determined criteria.

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 Stage 3 The Encyclopeadia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly

About the incursion:

Incursion workshop runs for 1 hour.

Group reading of selected pages of the book The Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly.

Develop skills in scientific drawing and describing of adaptive structural and behavioural features using targeted pages from the book. Discuss how these adaptations support survival. 

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Citizen science

Stage 2 and 3 - Cicadas in schools

There are three incursion lessons. Lessons 1 and 3 can be delivered by the classroom teacher and take approximately 1 hour. All learning materials are provided.

Lesson 2 is delivered by teaching staff from Longneck Lagoon EEC and runs for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. All learning materials are provided.

About the incursions:

Lesson 1 activities

Learn about the lifecycle, body parts, distribution and calls of Australian cicadas.

Lesson 2 activities

Review previous lesson content, wall of sound activity, fieldwork: locating cicada shells, live cicadas – taking photos, recording cicada song, marking sightings on map, upload sighting and recording to citizen science app.

Lesson 3 activities

Review previous lesson content, rotate through a range of tasks – use story scaffold to describe life cycle, design an informational poster, use tally sheets to record numbers and sex of cicada shells, scientific drawing labelling body parts.

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