The Tin Forest
A strong message in the Tin Forest is that with dreams and hard work anything is possible and changes for the better can be made. By changing habits and making choices, the amount of garbage we put out to be sent to landfill can be reduced.
Waste and recycling student research links
Ollie Recycles – this site explains how to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle waste
Where does my recycling go? – fact sheet from Blacktown City Council
Waste and recycling teacher links
Why Recycle – hosted on TaLE, this interactive learning object explores the benefits of recycling
Your Rubbish Pile: Reduce Your Pile – this interactive learning object is hosted on TaLE
Storm Boy is set in the Coorong, a complex lagoon ecosystem in South Australia where the Murray River empties into the Southern Ocean. The Murray-Darling River system is the largest in Australia. Drought and its high demand for agriculture has significantly reduced water flow and caused major problems for the river system.
Murray-Darling Basin and water consumption student research links
Murray-Darling Basin – good source of information with maps and images
Use of Murray River water – how Murray River water is allocated and used
Storm Boy and Murray-Darling Basin teacher links
Storm Boy – Australian Screen movie clips
Sydney Water – get involved – resources for teachers
The Story of Rosy Dock
Weeds are a major threat to the Australian environment as they prevent native Australian plants from growing and they destroy animal habitats.
Invasion of weeds links
Feral Animals and Weeds – clear information with actions we can do to stop their spread
Sydney Weeds – links to colour brochures with photos of weeds in Sydney
Weeds in Australia – an Australian Government site
Invasion of weeds and Rosy Dock teacher links
The Story of Rosie Dock Teachers’ Notes – these notes relate to the film and the
Stellaluna thought her mother was taken by an owl. The largest Australian owl is the Powerful Owl. Its prey includes flying foxes and birds, but mainly ringtail possums and gliders. Powerful Owls are sometimes spotted in bushland around Sydney.
Powerful Owl student research links
Fact Sheet from Birds in Backyards – clearly set out with sound files of calls
Fact Sheet from the ABC – with videos of feeding and sound files of calls
Fact Sheet from Pittwater Council – includes a list of threats and how we can protect Powerful Owls
Fact Sheet from Warringah Council – a simple one page fact sheet
Powerful Owl teacher links
Surviving in a Habitat – hosted on TaLE, there are four learning objects. Who Lives Here? and Who’s for Dinner? are most relevant as they build understandings about interactions among animals
Foxes were brought to Australia by the British in 1845 for sport. They are a feral animal that has spread across Australia. They are a problem for Australian animals as they hunt and kill them.
Invasion of feral animals student research links
Feral Animals and Wildlife – a simple fact sheet on how feral animals affect Australian wildlife
Feral Animals in Australia – simple information on why each animal was introduced, what each threatens and what can be done
Feral Feast – Foxes – information on the history, spread, effects and control of foxes in Australia
Pest Animals – lists the major feral animals and links to detailed information on each
Invasion of feral animals teacher links
Fox and Feral Animals Unit of Work