Curriculum Connections

Year 2/3 Sea Life Excursion

Wow, what a fin-tastic learning opportunity our Year 2/3 and 3 Class had in visiting Sea Life Aquarium in Mooloolaba! The whole purpose was to help us hook into our inquiry into Biological Sciences – how living things, grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves and how living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. We will now inquire further into a marine creature of interest and begin investigations into the movement of the Earth (Earth and Space Sciences). Our culminating task will be to develop a multimodal information text trying to work out how our marine creature and coral biomes are reliant on the movement of the Earth and how we can conserve these precious ecosystems.

Thank you to all of our turtley awesome parent and staff helpers – Mrs Neal, Mrs Park, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Bakker, Mr Rewald, Mr Smith, Mrs Jones, Mrs Mutton and Ms Roberts for making this excursion a success!

Here are just some of our favourite memories or so-fish-ticated facts that 2/3 learned:

  • I learned that there is such a thing as ‘glow in the dark’ coral – Oliver
  • Did you know that octopi have nine brains and three hearts – Layla, Annabeth, Lakirah, Harrison
  • Grey Nurse Sharks can only eat small fish because if they have to chew on big fish, their teeth fall out – Jarvis
  • Some sharks have fake eyes on their tails – Hayden
  • Turtles are endangered because of rubbish – Tallen
  • Sharks lose a lot of teeth every year and when they lose them it doesn’t hurt them because they regrow – Kamdyn
  • We need to put rubbish in the bin to protect Sea Lions – Dylan
  • Seals have two layers of fur – Scarlett
  • Seals are endangered – Charlie
  • Potato Cods are very, very, very, very, very, very, BIG!! – Zaiden
  • Turtles should not be kept in cages or in marine parks because they need to return to where they were born. Leave them in the ocean! – Charlotte
  • I learned that Sharks can grow big – Nikith
  • Jellyfish (sea jellies) can be up-side-down – Chloe
  • Seals can do tricks – Ruby
  • Seals can move fast on land and swim fast in the ocean – Ryan
  • There are thirty-one types of seals – Cooper
  • I found out that there are only ten thousand Australian Sea Lions in the wild – Lennox
  • When a Blue-ringed Octopus squirts you with its ink you can die very quickly – Harper
  • Stingrays have their mouth on the underside of their bodies – Abigail
  • Sea stars have their bottoms on top and Sea Slugs poop out clean sand – Bailey
  • Nielson and Groucho (the seals) are VERY cheeky! – Nicholas ????
  • My favorite part was when the seal threw rubbish in the bin – Dyjey
  • The same species of jellyfish can come in different shapes and sizes – Charlie
  • Seals can swim up to 30km\hour – Harry
  • Sharks only eat injured prey – Toby
  • The starfishes bottom is on the top and their mouth is at the bottom – Hayden and Harrison S
  • Jellyfish are related to coral – Logan
  • Stingrays are messy eaters – Ella
  • Seals don’t have ear flaps like humans – Arianna
  • The Megalodon has 5 rows of teeth – Jackson
  • I learnt about penguins with the touchscreen game on the wall – Aiden
  • Starfish can lay millions of eggs – Harrison
  • I was excited about seeing nurse sharks for the first time – Lindon
  • The seal presentation was the best! – Reuben
  • The male seahorses give birth instead of the females – Vienna and Eli
  • My favorite part was seeing the penguins, I learnt that they make a low pitch growling noise – Nixon and Harley
  • The stingrays were my favourite, they are like vacuum cleaners of the ocean – Blake
  • Groucho did a cool trick where he jumped out of the water and ate a fish out of a lady’s hand – Lachlan
  • My favorite part was touching the starfish in the sensory tank – Aadhya
  • My favourite part was watching the sea urchins spikes moving – Jonte
  • My favorite part was putting my head up under the Dome tank and walking through the tunnel – Minkang and Gilbert

Ms Lena Andersen & Miss Caitlin Mader