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Cumberland State Forest Tour Environmental Science Lesson

Lesson Overview:

This free environmental science lesson plan is a teaching resource to guide Year 11 and 12 Earth Science students through the Cumberland State Forest. The focus is on the local environment and how the properties of local soils affect the local biological environment. Students will analyse the ways in which the vegetation of an area can be influenced by soil composition and the climate. They will relate the presence of particular animals in the local environment to their requirements within the local environment.

Year Level/s:

11, 12

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Biology, Earth and Environmental Science

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:


  • ACSBL003 - Conduct investigations, including using ecosystem surveying techniques, safely, competently and methodically for the collection of valid and reliable data.
  • ACSBL015 - Biodiversity includes the diversity of species and ecosystems; measures of biodiversity rely on classification and are used to make comparisons across spatial and temporal scales.
  • ACSBL019 - Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment.
  • ACSBL028 - Human activities (for example, over-exploitation, habitat destruction, monocultures, pollution) can reduce biodiversity and can impact on the magnitude, duration and speed of ecosystem change.

Earth and Environmental Science

  • ACSES057 - Identify, research and construct questions for investigation; propose hypotheses; and predict possible outcomes.
  • ACSES059 - Conduct investigations, including using spatial analysis to complement map and field location techniques and environmental sampling procedures, safely, competently and methodically for the collection of valid and reliable data.
  • ACSES070 - Scientific knowledge can be used to develop and evaluate projected economic, social and environmental impacts and to design action for sustainability .
  • ACSES073 - Mineral and energy resources are discovered using a variety of remote sensing techniques (for example, satellite images, aerial photographs and geophysical datasets) and direct sampling techniques (for example, drilling, core sampling, soil and rock sampling) to identify the spatial extent of the deposit and quality of the resource.

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Personal and Social Capabilities

Cross Curriculum Priorities:


Curriculum Connections:


ScOT Catalogue Terms:



Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Lesson Plan

Secondary: Activity


Cumberland State Forest Tour Environmental Science Lesson

Student Resource

Year 11 Earth Science Lesson Plan and Worksheet

Year 11 Earth Science Lesson Plan and Worksheet

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