Introduction Units of work involving our environment enable your students to immediately apply their learning in the real world giving them greater motivation and opportunities to excel.  Curriculum materials are designed to meet a wide range of educational needs throughout Australia including: 1.     Australian Curriculum 2.     Other... Read more »

Prior Learning

Prior learning activities enable students to value what they already know about a topic. While they establish what students already know, they also help the teacher to identify some of their misconceptions. Prior learning activities can be used as the start of the assessment process.

  1. K-W-H-L Thinking Tool
    K-W-H-L Thinking Tool
  2. What’s the difference?
    What’s the difference?
  3. Powerpoint Presentation: Biodiversity 7 & 8
    Powerpoint Presentation: Biodiversity 7 & 8

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
    Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
  2. Flipped Classroom – The Majestic Plastic Bag
    Flipped Classroom – The Majestic Plastic Bag
  3. Flipped classroom – Biodiversity
    Flipped classroom – Biodiversity
  4. Flipped classroom – How do bees help plants?
    Flipped classroom – How do bees help plants?
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  9. Most common
    Most common

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Outdoor Learning – Conservation Careers – Year 8
    Outdoor Learning – Conservation Careers – Year 8
  2. Outdoor Learning – Classification of Living Things – Year 7
    Outdoor Learning – Classification of Living Things – Year 7
  3. Outdoor Learning – Dichotomous Keys – Year 7
    Outdoor Learning – Dichotomous Keys – Year 7
  4. Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
    Non-Googleable questions about biodiversity
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  9. Debate: there are two sides to shark culling
    Debate: there are two sides to shark culling
  10. How do natural disasters affect the people who are involved in them?
    How do natural disasters affect the people who are involved in them?
  11. What’s an ecosystem?
    What’s an ecosystem?
  12. What’s a species?
    What’s a species?
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  17. What’s genetic diversity?
    What’s genetic diversity?
  18. Species diversity in a compost bin
    Species diversity in a compost bin
  19. School ground biodiversity challenge
    School ground biodiversity challenge

Drawing Conclusions

Students are provided with activities that help them further develop their ideas and opinions. T hey describe issues from different perspectives. They identify, examine and justify different points of view.

  1. Deciding on a biodiversity project
    Deciding on a biodiversity project

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Peer Assessment Rubric – Presentation
    Peer Assessment Rubric – Presentation
  2. Sample Rubric
    Sample Rubric