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									   The Yarra Project

Kathryn Patford & Gayle Skinner
Brief history of the Yarra
In 2004 We began a hands on environmental unit
   with Year 6 children working from Edendale
   Community farm.It was to address the need to
   engage the children in relevant realistic
   curriculum that was identified by the Myprad
  We were assisted by Carolyn Shurey, Errol and
   Cheryl Mutch.
  We wrote the unit from the school’s perspective
   and after several meetings, three months and 9
   drafts later we completed a unit for both school
   and the farm.The Edendale farm project
The Edendale Project
 This unit was built around five common
 environmental problems.
 Water quality
The Edendale Project
 The children were
 presented with the
 five problems
 through a series of
 lessons and had to
 come to the
 realisation that they
 were all part of the
 one problem.
The Edendale Project
 Erosion of the
 banks of the
 Diamond Creek.
The Edendale Project
 Weed infestation
The Edendale Project
 River bank weed
The Yarra Project
After appraising the improved student
engagement from the Edendale Project
we needed to follow up with a unit of
study that was both relevant,
addressed the VELS standards, have
scientific rigour and be engaging to the
That was when we decided that the
Yarra offered such an opportunity.
The Yarra Project.
 We decided to apply for TPL.
 At the time the Teacher Professional Leave
 was new. We applied and with the help of
 Lynda Cutting were successful in receiving
 50 days leave.
 Now how to go about it.
We decided to start at the very beginning - with
 a creation story from the Wurrundjuri people.
 The Yarra Project ppt.ppt
The Yarra Project
 The Yarra River offered fascinating
 history,scientific enquiry
 And a broad scope to allow the children
 to participate in research on subjects
 from artists from the Heidelberg school
 to water quality analysis.
The Yarra Project

 Water Watch were approached and
 responded with terrific personnel and
 enthusiasm to work with our children
The Yarra Project
 The unit of study was divided into three
 Field work at the confluence of the Diamond
 Creek & The Yarra River.
 Class work that integrated water into maths,
 english and SOSE soil analysis.doc
 the age word doco.doc
 And a web quest that explored the Yarra
 from six perspectives
 We worked with Julia Vanderood from
 Water Watch and devised a water quality
 program that focused on -
 Habitat surveys
 Site surveys
 Macro invertebrates
 Physchem analysis
Macro invertebrates
 This element of the program was very popular with
 the children and they were looking at bugs. There
 was a lot of discussion about the significance of
 the the abundance of the creatures and the
 children gradually got the idea of the
 interconnectedness of the invertebrates and the
 health of the river.macro_id chart from SA1.pdf
 The paper work is all on the Water Watch web site
 and is very easy to follow.
Macro invertebrates
 The children has to identify similar
 insects and look very closely to spot
 any differences.
 They referenced their findings against
 Identification charts.buglopedia1.pdf
 bugs in order.doc
Habitat Surveys
 Part of the process was to produce an overall
 picture of the site. As we know a river is part of
 its environment and there are many factors
 that affect its water quality -
  The children responded well to this part as it
 gave them time to simply wander around and
 explore the site - with a clip board. Habitat
Web quest
 Our web quest resulted from the need to
 address all learning styles.
  This element of the Yarra Project was quite
 difficult as we were unsure of the
 Dreamweaver Program. Fortunately we had
 on staff Len Vardy and Andy Milne who
 between them succeeded in putting our
 ideas onto the school web
Make a Difference
 The Yarra Project lasted one term. Following
 that the children were engaged in a Make A
 Difference Program where they had to use
 their knowledge to share what they had
 learned with an audience. The response to this
 was varied. They accessed the EPA,
 ACMI,Nillumbik Shire Council local shops.
 M.A.D. Matrix (1) & M.A.D.evaluation Matrix
The Year 2 children are collecting water from buckets placed
under every tap at Eeps and watering the Year 1 vegetable

Water collecting
Water collecting
Water Collecting
Extra Funding
 In 2006 a submission was written to
 Mitre 10 and we were successful in
 obtaining $1400.00 to purchase extra
 water quality kits. These will be used
 for the Years 1 - 4 Water unit.

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