Getting started

Understand your assessment task

Select ONE question from the list below:

  • What if our river systems and wetlands were degraded beyond repair?
  • How can we protect our global fish stocks?
  • Should taxes pay for the protection of biomes?
  • Is sustainable farming a feasible option for everyone in the world?
  • Which biome is most important in terms of meeting our needs?

Your investigation question should be an open-ended question that can be answered and must be focused on ONE specific biome.  

Here’s a starting place

Biome basics

Biomes of the world

Biome habitats

General geography textbooks – Good for a Year 9 reading level

Thompson, Kate 2016 Geography NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum Stage 4 & 5, Cambridge, Melbourne p.117.
Collins, Drew ,2016 Insight Geography Australian Curriculum for NSW, Oxford, Melbourne p.57.

Now get specific

Be a smarter searcher

Words in your marking criteria can help.

“Food production” and threats and Australia
Salinity and food industry and Australia
Drought impact farming
Pollution and food production
Threats to food production
Improving food production Australia

“food security”

“Food production” and sustainability

Bushfires and National parks

Impact bushfires

“fish kill” “Darling river”

Getting the video organised


You can only resist too long’ the threat to Sydney’s food bowl  Sydney Morning Herald articleec 22 2017

Try deforestation

Good for newspaper articles

Videos good for this question

  • What has been the most significant impact that humans have had on our natural biomes?

Impact of humans on Darling river

Impact of humans on this wetland

academic language:

Options for presentation

  • Short video/ animation OR Pre-filmed TED-style talk (not more than 3-5 mins)
  • Website
  • A primary school resource
  • Slides (not to be large amounts of writing that are read off)
  • Magazine articles
  • Short Story
  • Audio tour
  • Podcast or Vlog
  • Prezzi

to use iMovie

How to use Movie Maker