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. A quote a day
    A quote a day
  2. 4Rs Reflection
    4Rs Reflection

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. Back to Earth – Waste and Landfill – Year 5 & 6
    Back to Earth – Waste and Landfill – Year 5 & 6
  3. Snappy Science – Rotting food
    Snappy Science – Rotting food
  4. Snappy Science – Freezing oil and water
    Snappy Science – Freezing oil and water
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  9. Snappy Science – How does pollution affect sea shells?
    Snappy Science – How does pollution affect sea shells?
  10. Snappy Science – Make your own plastic
    Snappy Science – Make your own plastic
  11. Flipped classroom – Biodiversity
    Flipped classroom – Biodiversity
  12. That’s rubbish!
    That’s rubbish!
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  17. Be safe with waste – Years 5 & 6
    Be safe with waste – Years 5 & 6

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. Back to Earth – SMARTboard Lesson – 5 & 6
    Back to Earth – SMARTboard Lesson – 5 & 6
  2. Back to Earth – Green Waste Survey – 5 & 6
    Back to Earth – Green Waste Survey – 5 & 6
  3. Where does our waste go?
    Where does our waste go?
  4. Lunchtime litter
    Lunchtime litter
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  9. Clean Up Australia Homework: What’s in your bin? – Year 5 & 6
    Clean Up Australia Homework: What’s in your bin? – Year 5 & 6
  10. A look at our organic waste
    A look at our organic waste
  11. A picture of litter
    A picture of litter

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. 4Rs Reflection
    4Rs Reflection
  2. Cutting the waste line
    Cutting the waste line

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. Back to Earth – Green Waste Messages – 5 & 6
    Back to Earth – Green Waste Messages – 5 & 6
  2. Graffiti mural message
    Graffiti mural message
  3. Litter communication challenge
    Litter 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
    Sample Rubric