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This resource includes

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A printable educators’ guide, which includes:

  • Information on how to use this resource

  • An introduction to environmental education in the curriculum

  • Curriculum-based lesson plans

  • Answers to computer-supported word puzzles

  • A resource list (e.g. references, websites)

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An interactive learning web that can be loaded onto the computers at your school, education centre or home and

browsed offline, without requiring access to the Internet. This web includes a homepage, a section covering South

Africa’s biomes and ten modules covering various aspects of the history and ecology of Cape Town’s lowlands.

Module

Title

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Nature on your doorstep

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Four lowland ecosystems

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A brief human history

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Urban nature under pressure

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Rare, threatened and extinct

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Conserving nature in the City

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Nature and culture

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Adapting to the environment

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Local ecology

10

Planting indigenous

The modules provide

  • Detailed information about the topics

  • Pop-up definitions of terms and difficult words

  • Illustrations, including colour photographs, printable line drawings, diagrams and animations

  • Maps and satellite images

  • Computer-based activities (to be completed on the computer) and computer-supported activities (to be printed and completed using information from the web), e.g. multiple choice, word puzzles, matching pairs. These activities encourage learners to read with comprehension, and enable educators to assess knowledge and understanding

  • Questions for debate, discussion or answering in workbooks

  • Spreadsheets, e.g. species lists, contact lists.

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