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In this lesson, students use their observation skills to explore our environment. They will explore some of the amazing colours, shapes, patterns and textures that can be found in nature. The class will walk around the school or a nearby park, spot as many colours as they can, observe the different shapes and patterns found along the walk and feel the different textures of a variety of objects.
Students will build on their skills to recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects using obvious features. They will use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings, and learn about how to behave in a safe manner while outdoors.
Students use their observation skills and directed questioning to answer questions about birds and their location and motion. Students will develop the scientific skill of comparing observations with those of others and will be able to make observations about birds in their natural environment.
In this lesson students think about and discuss features of animals and the relevance of these features to ensuring the survival of the animal. They then create their own animals, describing and illustrating their features and developing a written description of their traits. This lesson draws on skills from Science, Visual Arts and English as students develop knowledge of living things, drawing skills and engage in descriptive writing.
This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work. Students watch a clip that helps them to understand the impact of climate change on wildlife.
This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work. Students watch a clip that helps them to understand the value of soil.
The K-W-H-L thinking tool can be used throughout a lesson or unit. It serves as an aid to ensure a student’s interest is catered to and helps to determine what needs to be taught. The chart is introduced at the beginning of the topic, and can only be completed once a student have finished their investigation of the topic. The chart can also be used as an assessment tool.
This thinking tool can be integrated into a number of subject areas as the focus is on developing general capabilities and 21st century skills. Students will be able to represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways.
In this lesson, students investigate the concept of a species. They will work in small groups and access information from the internet, library and/or textbooks in order to define a species, investigate how species are scientifically named and why is it important and provide examples of plants and animals living in your area that are indigenous, domesticated and introduced.
Students understand that there are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity. They’ll summarise data, from their own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions. Students will be able to define what a species is, in their own words. Students can accurately write the scientific names of a variety of species and identify and categorise a variety of species as Indigenous, domestic or pests.
In this lesson students identify and explore different types of patterns. They develop their understanding of pattern using sound, movement and drawing and then create patterns using natural items which they find themselves.
This lesson is designed to be taught outside. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.
In this lesson, small groups of students identify the consequences of no water for different aspects of the economy, way of life and the environment. They bring their information together and discuss the big picture.
Students complete a classroom audit and explain how appliances are used in their homes and classroom each day. They will represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Students will understand how people use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things.
Students wil be able to classify a range of everyday appliances in terms of their energy usage and record and tally items around the classroom and at home.
In this lesson students find out which appliances in their classroom use energy and work together to create agreements for the classroom about switching off and adjusting these appliances. The lesson ends with students making informative stickers for these appliances. Students will use comprehension strategies to build literal meaning about key ideas and information in texts. They’ll be able to identify way to reduce energy use of items in class, clearly express instructions about how to use an appliance and work in groups to plan a text.
In this lesson, students design a bedroom that has a range of creative energy saving features. Students will imagine what their ultimate bedroom of the future might look like then work on a design for this bedroom with modifications that make it as low energy as possible. Your class will explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions. Students will generate, develop and record design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling. They will be able to identify energy inefficiencies in an everyday setting, then design options for reduction of energy use at home. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to communicate their design ideas with their peers and give constructive feedback.
The ‘Stand on the Line’ activity can be used as a barometer to test students’ prior knowledge - the focus of this lesson is the the human impact on ecosystems.
Read a set of statements to students then use the additional notes provided to engage students in further conversation around each point.
In this activity, students work in pairs to research the important issue of sustainable use of water resources. Students will discover the most appropriate way to find credible information about this issue on the internet. Students are given time to find internet material that they evaluate according to a set of criteria. Students identify websites that are credible, useful, and informative.
In this lesson, students will locate, observe and record their observations of insects or minibeasts in a school ground or garden environment. They will represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play. Students will observe how living things have a variety of external features. They'll be able to hypothesise on the types of minibeasts in their local area, identify the features of minibeasts in their local area and be able to draw a diagram to document the features of the minibeasts in their local area.
Students will think about what they encounter and consume in their day-to-day lives, and think about those things in terms of whether they fulfill a ‘need’ or a ‘want’. Students create a list of consumables and categorise them as needs or wants, then make a list of their own needs and wants.
Through a classroom demonstration, students will calculate the percentage of fresh water available for human use and explain why water is a limited resource. Students will choose appropriate units of measurement for volume.
With guidance, students will pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be. Students connect volume and capacity and their units of measurement. Students will be able to physically represent percentages using 100 pieces of paper and articulate how smaller volumes of water represent the Earth’s total water content.
In this lesson, students role-play animals of the ocean and are asked to think about how these creatures interact with each other, and how these interactions are important to the life and health of the ocean. Students will understand that living things live in different places where their needs are met and will use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and tables. Students will be able to name animals that live in the ocean and their behaviours and represent the behaviours of ocean animals through movement.
In this lesson, students redesign an area of their school to make it as energy efficient as possible. They will identify energy users in the classroom then brainstorming design solutions to remove or reduce reliance on these items. The class then selects and area of the school to assess and redesign for improved energy efficiency. The lesson concludes with students presenting their plan as a model or chart.
By completing the activities in this lesson, students will understand how science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations. They will use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources.
Students will be able to identify energy users in and around their school, justify design features choices to increase energy efficiency and redesign an area of the school to be more energy efficient.
Students will present their designs using a map, model, blue-print, drawing or digital