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 Curriculum2.    Other State... 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. Get out your pens, people! Year 7 & 8
    Get out your pens, people! Year 7 & 8
  2. K-W-H-L Thinking Tool
    K-W-H-L Thinking Tool

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. Flipped Classroom – How do solar panels work? – Year 7
    Flipped Classroom – How do solar panels work? – Year 7
  2. Flipped classroom – Why aren’t we using solar power?
    Flipped classroom – Why aren’t we using solar power?
  3. Year 7 & 8 Energy – The Basics Powerpoint
    Year 7 & 8 Energy – The Basics Powerpoint
  4. Analysing Articles – Year 8
    Analysing Articles – Year 8

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. Switch to Save – Lighting & Dimming Audit – Year 7 & 8
    Switch to Save – Lighting & Dimming Audit – Year 7 & 8
  2. The Art of Water
    The Art of Water
  3. An Indigenous perspective of Tasmania’s rivers using primary and secondary data
    An Indigenous perspective of Tasmania’s rivers using primary and secondary data
  4. Mapping Tasmania’s Natural Resources
    Mapping Tasmania’s Natural Resources
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  9. Water and liveability in Tasmania
    Water and liveability in Tasmania
  10. NAPLAN language revision practice paper – Years 7 & 8
    NAPLAN language revision practice paper – Years 7 & 8
  11. Power maths
    Power maths
  12. NAPLAN-style reading test – Year 7
    NAPLAN-style reading test – Year 7
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  17. Hydro Tasmania and Sustainable Energy
    Hydro Tasmania and Sustainable Energy
  18. What quality information is out there?
    What quality information is out there?
  19. All in the blades
    All in the blades
  20. Investigating solar challenge
    Investigating solar challenge
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  25. How much electricity did you use today?
    How much electricity did you use today?
  26. School energy audit
    School energy audit
  27. Design an energy efficient school
    Design an energy efficient school

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. An energy source for the future
    An energy source for the future
  2. Coal-fired class debate
    Coal-fired class debate

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. School energy reduction plan
    School energy reduction plan
  2. Campaign for a green school or community
    Campaign for a green school or community

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