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Rookery Roundabout

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE

Rookery Roundabout has been designed as a teaching resource for primary students (Stage 1-3), in the key learning areas (KLAs) of Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) and Science and Technology. It can also be adapted for secondary students.

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Rookery Roundabout illustrates the natural and cultural significance of Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, with a case study of life cycles, an ecosystem, and linking to programs from our popular Aboriginal Discovery rangers about the Gumbaynggirr People and their culture.

This kit gives teachers and students an understanding of the natural and cultural significance of Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, and the ongoing management issues it faces. It provides a valuable case study of life cycles and an ecosystem or special local conservation site. It also teaches students that Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is a special place, being a sacred site of the Gumbaynggirr People, who call it Giidany Miirlarl, (pronounced Ghee-dayn Meeral), meaning ‘moon sacred place’.

The material in Rookery Roundabout may be used in part or whole as a unit of work, as stimulus material, or as extension exercises. It can be used in various combinations to meet the needs of individual students, as long as the intended meaning isn’t changed. It could also form the basis of language and comprehension exercises, with the class teacher devising questions to meet the needs of the class or individual students.

The kit links to the programs provided by our popular Aboriginal Discovery rangers and the special connection of the Gumbaynggirr People to this place, and supports local field studies of Muttonbird Island.

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area HSIE

This teachers’ kit  includes:

  • Rookery Roundabout part 1 is a resource booklet ideal for teachers and secondary students, including information and activities.
  • Rookery Roundabout part 2 - flip cards simply and beautifully depict the annual wedge-tailed shearwater life cycle on Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. 
  • Rookery Roundabout part 3 - syllabus links and lesson plans for teachers to use with students in Stages 1-3  including units 'The Need for Shelter', 'Wet and Dry Environments' and 'What is a national park?'

Other resources include:

  • Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve map from the plan of management
  • Vegetation maps of weed distribution on the island in 1995 and 2002