Introduction Units of work involving the environment enable your students to immediately apply their learning in the real world, giving them greater motivation and opportunities to excel.  You should find that the curriculum materials are designed to meet a wide range of educational needs throughout Australia including: 1.     Australian Cu... 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. Where does it go?
    Where does it go?

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 – Make a lava lamp
    Snappy Science – Make a lava lamp
  2. Snappy Science – Rotting food
    Snappy Science – Rotting food
  3. Snappy Science – Freezing oil and water
    Snappy Science – Freezing oil and water
  4. Snappy Science – How does pollution affect sea shells?
    Snappy Science – How does pollution affect sea shells?
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  9. Snappy Science – Make your own plastic
    Snappy Science – Make your own plastic
  10. Be safe with waste – Years 3 & 4
    Be safe with waste – Years 3 & 4

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. Waste spotto
    Waste spotto
  2. Weighing in on lunchbox leftovers
    Weighing in on lunchbox leftovers
  3. 4Rs game
    4Rs game
  4. Doorways to waste
    Doorways to waste
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  9. Clean Up Australia – Cool questions about waste and recycling: Year 3 & 4
    Clean Up Australia – Cool questions about waste and recycling: Year 3 & 4
  10. Why waste it?
    Why waste it?

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. Down with waste
    Down with waste

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. 4Rs communication challenge
    4Rs communication challenge

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. Sample Rubric for Unit of Work
    Sample Rubric for Unit of Work