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  • The beach provides each type of living thing found there with food and shelter. This activity involves students in researching and then observing a range of organisms to understand the interconnected nature of ecosystems.

    Rights: Anne Barker

    Ngārimu Bay

    Ngārimu Bay is located in the Firth of Thames. The vegetation and rocky and sandy substrates offer a variety of habitats for beach-dwelling organisms.

    This activity supports students to engage in purposeful research before visiting a local beach environment and then to apply it to support close scientific observation. On return to school, students can use their evidence to position their organism within a food web of the overall ecosystem.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • identify where and how an organism is positioned within an ecosystem diagram
    • accurately describe an organism's ecological niche including food, shelter, any known adaptations and survival challenges
    • make close observations of their organism and record these for reporting back.

    Download the Word file (see link below).

    Useful links

    Marine Metre Squared provides a wide range of great resources to use before, during and after beach visits.

      Published 26 August 2021 Referencing Hub articles
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