Online Incursions: Migrations

Migrations: on the move in the sea

Program Summary

Location: Online
Excursion Duration: 45 mins
Year Level: Grade 4 - Year 8
Group Size: 20-50

Cost: $110 +GST for up to 50 students 
Availability: See booking form
Program Themes: marine life, Port Phillip, plankton, adaptation, Arctic, Antarctic, seasons, whales, spider crabs, seabirds


Program Overview

This session introduces students to seasonal visitors to our local marine habitats and examines why they seasonally travel beyond their day to day ranges. The migratory paths of a whale, a bird and a crab highlight the different scales and drivers of migration.  Students contrast animal migrations with their own movements and consider the threats human activities can pose to migratory species.

Key Concepts & Questions

•    What sort of animals visit our local waters?
•    Why do they come here?
•    Why don't they stay here?
•    What human activities cause problems for migratory species?
•    Why don't all animals migrate?

Learning Outcomes

•    3-4 Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
•    5-6 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
•    5-6 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)  

Program Outline

The presenter introduces themselves and the session. A brief demonstration of why we experience seasons precedes a short video about the humpback whales, Artic terns and spider crabs that visit our local marine habitats as part of their annual migrations. 

The presenter uses a globe and a piece of string to measure the migrations described in the video and invites the students to think about the reasons they travel beyond their day to day activities and the distances involved.

The presenter poses questions about how gaps in the transport systems or resources available along the way might affect those travels before linking this concept back to the migrations of the three example animals, prompting the students to consider the sustainability/extinction implications of developing on or extracting from the migratory waypoints.  


This incursion is delivered online using Zoom. A teacher and class can join the session from the classroom or remotely from home. A meeting link and instructions will be sent out with the booking confirmation. Minimum group size is 20, maximum group size is 50.

An invoice will be forwarded after the incursion is completed. The fee covers our programs administration costs. Please book your incursion at least 7 days in advance - we are unable to accept last-minute bookings.

Please email with subject "Online incursion enquiry", with:
1) Incursion Topic(s),
2) Three preferred dates and times
3) Number of classes for each topic (a class is up to 25 students)?
4) Year level of the students
5) Contact name, school/organisation and phone number

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