Mushroom education resources (MU22002)
What was it all about?
From October to December 2022, this project produced a series of lessons about mushrooms. These lessons were targeted at secondary school students from years seven to ten and were aligned with the Australian curriculum. They provided hands-on interactive activities for teachers to use and offered a detailed understanding of the science behind mushrooms.
The lessons covered a range of topics, including:
- What mushrooms are
- Food webs and energy flow
- Identifying mushrooms using dichotomous keys
- Investigating mushroom growth
- The mushroom supply and marketing chain
- Sustainable food choices
- Promoting healthy eating.
These lessons were designed to be comprehensive and accessible to a wide range of teachers.
Additionally, an associated card game was created to complement the resources. The lessons and resources provided a valuable insight into the mushroom industry for Australian schools, offering relevant scientific content that was linked to the Australian curriculum.
This project was a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Mushroom Fund