FOR AMBASSADORS AND SUPPORT CREW
The EcoMarines Handbook is useful to share with all EcoMarines students at the start of the year. We will supply one to all ambassadors.
The handbook has information on;
our program and online kit,
our local environment, and
what the EcoMarines can do to help!
Our Alumni Kit is a special resource for graduated EcoMarines!
This alumni kit features;
details on keeping in touch,
an environmental bucketlist,
tips for volunteering, and
environmental career inspiration!
OUR SONG "EcoMarines are Heroes"
ECOMARINES SCHOOL SIGN, POSTER AND FLYER
Purchase an outdoor sign to put on the fence in front of your school :)
Prices vary with small, medium and large sizes. We have the MEDIUM sign in stock (kids holding in photo) and it costs $45 + GST and includes delivery. Invoice sent to the school.
Small 450 x 300mm, Medium 700 x 500mm, Large 900 x 600mm
If you prefer not to purchase a sign, you can print off the poster to display in your classroom.
Please help us and let your school community know about EcoMarines!
If you could please share our flyer in your school newsletter it would be much appreciated.
CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE
Tangalooma EcoMarines is registered with Containers for Change. If you would like to donate proceeds from recycling, our code is C10041492.
We often have teachers asking if we can suggest a reward or eco-prizes for them to give to students. For example, you may want an end of year prize for the class that had the most wrapper-free lunches.
We've put together a list of ideas below but PLEASE let us know if you've discovered an affordable eco-prize that students love so we can add it to this section!
Buy a 40cean bracelet made from 100% recycled materials. Funds help clean trash from the ocean.
Ocean Helper sells jewelry, bamboo products, clothing, etc. Funds raised help reduce plastic in our oceans.
Bamboo toothbrushes available in stores, such as Wray Organic or online from Ecotoothbrush in Burpengary.
Environment stickers, bookmark, awards and books from EDSCO.
Coconut bowls available online.
Bee Wrappy in NSW has eco cloths and beeswax wrap (cling wrap alternative).
Bento box lunch containers are fantastic (but expensive). They are widely available in stores or with a simple Google search.
Each student could get a native plant to take home with them. Maybe talk to your local native nursery or Council to see if they will do a discount.
Might not be the most exciting gift...but Onya produce bags are a reasonable price.
Biome stores have great stuff, but expensive. Maybe you could get a gift for the classroom such as toys/sustainability books, etc.
Buy Eco Green is full of eco-friendly school supplies, writing and stationary, books and more.
Modern Teaching Aids has some useful supplies.
Cubic Promote has miscellaneous eco stuff for school.
You could have ‘nude food’ treats (but that means someone has to do baking or cooking…) such as cupcakes that don’t have the wrapper on them
Instead of a PJ day you could have a ‘go blue for the Bay’ or ‘go green for EcoMarines’ day and kids dress in blue/green. You could even tie movie idea below into this…
Movie screening – we have a 20 minute shortened documentary you can use called A Plastic Ocean (rated PG). One of our teachers showed it to years 2-6 and loved it. Trailer below.
You could also watch "All the Way to the Ocean" on YouTube for prep-year 6 students - free on YouTube!
The below content was provided by one of our support crew teachers who is the Head of Curriculum and runs EcoMarines with the year 4s.
If anyone has any other curriculum links, material, or ways you've integrated EcoMarines at your school - please share :)
Year 4 Science
Year 4 Geography
GEOGRAPHICAL ENQUIRY SKILLS
QUEENSLAND STATE SCHOOLS
Year 4 Units of Work
Science Unit 1: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Erosion: examine erosion problems on Moreton Island – during EcoMarines’ Whirlpool event, solutions are discussed and children see firsthand examples of how erosion is being managed in a coastal environment
Science Unit 2: Ready, Set, Grow– Lifecycles and Habitats: examine relationships between living things and their dependence on the environment. Changes to the environment both natural and human are examined and the impacts they have – over fishing, rubbish in waterways, plastics – write a report on a threatened species in Moreton bay – identify actions being taken to protect this species
Geography Unit 1: Exploring Environments and Places
How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
Geography Unit 2: Using Places More sustainably
How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
Rubbish audit of school – How are we disposing of waste – audit recycling, reusing, composting
Action Plan to better manage waste
Digital Technologies Unit 2: What’s Your Waste Footprint?
Investigate the problem of lunch rubbish by collecting and managing data to create information
Represent the data collected in Geography using Excel and Infographics.
EXAMPLES OF INTEGRATION THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SCHOOL
EcoMarines is a school Priority – in unit planning all teachers consider ways to embed the EcoMarines Values in all units.
In Other Year levels – EcoMarines’ ambassadors visit classrooms to give information and act as a resource for Units of Work.
Year 1 : Science - Living Adventure – Healthy/Unhealthy Habitats
Geography – My changing World – Caring for Places, sustainability
Year 2: Science – “Save Planet Earth” – using Earth’s resources
HASS – Connection to Places
Year 4: Visual Arts – Clay work Vessel depicting an animal or plant from Moreton Bay
Adaptation of Units of work to contextualise to our local environment and Moreton Bay and to reinforce concepts learnt through EcoMarines Program
Year 6 – English: persuasive writing Unit – changed assessment to “Should Dolphins be kept in Captivity” response to Newspaper article
Year 5 – Science: Behavioural Adaptations – examining adaptations for plants, animals on Moreton Island and in the Bay.
Leadership Program – this is the initial stepping stone
Partnerships with parents and wider community