The 2013 Reef Beat education series, the amazing Great Barrier Reef, let’s keep it great, takes teachers and students on a journey of why the Great Barrier Reef is amazing, both in beauty and scale, and highlights its importance as a national and international icon.

The Great Barrier Reef was declared a World Heritage Area in 1981 because of its outstanding universal value, the first coral reef ecosystem in the world to receive this international recognition. No other World Heritage property contains such biodiversity.

The 2013 Reef Beat education series includes a poster (best viewed and printed in A0 size) and a curriculum-linked activity book. The poster, showing a map of the Great Barrier Reef Region, complements the activity book and they are designed to be used together in the classroom as a valuable learning resource.

Students can explore the amazing Great Barrier Reef around the following topics discussed in the poster and activity book:

  • Multiple-use Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and zoning of the Marine Park
  • The Great Barrier Reef’s outstanding biodiversity
  • Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Ongoing geomorphological processes
  • Protected species
  • The Reef’s social and economic values and attributes
  • Heritage of the Great Barrier Reef
  • It’s all connected
  • Visit the amazing Great Barrier Reef

This resource is designed to be used as a teaching tool in the classroom. We have provided an indication of the relevant year levels (Early Years to Year 12) for each activity in the book based on curriculum outcomes however the activities can be modified to suit any year level.

The activities in the book are linked to the Australian Curriculum Science and History (version 4.2) and Geography (May 2013). There is also a Year 11–12 Marine Science activity included in the activity book linked to the Marine Science Senior Syllabus 2013. The cross-curriculum priorities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and sustainability, feature in the poster and activity book, as does building student investigation skills.

The curriculum content was correct at the time of production (May 2013) however, for the latest curriculum content descriptions please see the Australian Curriculum

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