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. Which source of energy does it use?
    Which source of energy does it use?

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. Snappy Science – Light up the room with your hair!
    Snappy Science – Light up the room with your hair!
  2. Snappy Science – Which colours are hotter?
    Snappy Science – Which colours are hotter?
  3. Snappy Science – Water power
    Snappy Science – Water power
  4. Snappy Science – Bend water with static electricity
    Snappy Science – Bend water with static electricity
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  9. Snappy Science – Be a snake charmer
    Snappy Science – Be a snake charmer
  10. Snappy Science – Static electricity can race
    Snappy Science – Static electricity can race
  11. Snappy Science – Make a compass
    Snappy Science – Make a compass
  12. Snappy Science – Make an electromagnet
    Snappy Science – Make an electromagnet
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  17. Energy spotto
    Energy spotto
  18. It’s all about energy
    It’s all about energy

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. NAPLAN-style writing practice paper – Year 3
    NAPLAN-style writing practice paper – Year 3
  2. NAPLAN-style Reading Practice Paper – Year 3 – Water Cycle
    NAPLAN-style Reading Practice Paper – Year 3 – Water Cycle
  3. Switch to Save – Classroom Audit – Year 3 & 4
    Switch to Save – Classroom Audit – Year 3 & 4
  4. Energy then and now
    Energy then and now
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  9. Art is a breeze
    Art is a breeze
  10. Power into poetry
    Power into poetry
  11. Electricity at home test
    Electricity at home test
  12. Water games
    Water games
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  17. Ancient and modern energy sources – fire and electricity
    Ancient and modern energy sources – fire and electricity
  18. Cool research questions about energy
    Cool research questions about energy
  19. School lighting audit
    School lighting audit
  20. How many does your school have?
    How many does your school have?
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  25. Classroom energy and temperature audit
    Classroom energy and temperature audit
  26. Energy saving devices
    Energy saving devices

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. Electricity at home test
    Electricity at home test
  2. Get out your pens people! Year 3 & 4
    Get out your pens people! Year 3 & 4

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Make an energy saving book
    Make an energy saving book
  2. Classroom energy savings
    Classroom energy savings