Can you imagine a whole class sitting inside a large, inflatable mangrove ecosystem, complete with tunnels in and around the roots and inflated pneumatophores rising from the floor, discussing the animals which live in a mangrove environment?
Or watching a class wearing amazing animal costumes performing a play they have written about the importance of mangroves?
Welcome to the middle school curriculum resource Marvellous Mangroves and the amazing inflatable Mangrovia, developed by Martin Keeley of the Cayman Islands and adapted to the Australian Curriculum by a team of mangrove experts including Sue Sargent of the BMRG. If you can’t take your class to the mangroves, you can bring the mangroves to your classroom!
The Marvellous Mangroves educational program (part of the Australian Government funded Beyond Boundaries project) continues to build momentum as it is adopted across the region and beyond.
Developed for the Caribbean in 1999, this truly international program has since been adapted for the English-speaking Colombian Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence, translated and adapted for use in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and China. In 2013, it was introduced into Belize schools, in 2014 to Australia and in 2015 to Bangladesh.
Marvellous Mangroves of Queensland is designed for use by year 4 to 8 teachers and students. The curriculum is extensive, covering a broad range of topics from science to social sciences (geography, history, civics and citizenship), English and the arts and two of the three key priorities set by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA); Sustainability and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
The resource contains a huge number of activities that have been tried and tested to ensure they will work for teachers, some of which can be adapted to other environmental contexts.
A number of teacher professional development sessions have been delivered by BMRG throughout the Burnett and Mary River catchments.
For more information contact Burnett Mary Regional Group on 4181 2999.
The resource can be downloaded from Burnett Mary Regional Group’s website.