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. Flow chart
    Flow chart

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 – Stop the ice melting!
    Snappy Science – Stop the ice melting!
  2. Snappy Science – Staying afloat
    Snappy Science – Staying afloat
  3. Snappy Science – Make a lava lamp
    Snappy Science – Make a lava lamp
  4. Snappy Science – Freezing oil and water
    Snappy Science – Freezing oil and water
  5.  
  6.  
  7.  
  8.  
  9. Snappy Science – Keeping the water in the bucket!
    Snappy Science – Keeping the water in the bucket!
  10. Snappy Science – Water power
    Snappy Science – Water power
  11. Snappy Science – Absorption experiment
    Snappy Science – Absorption experiment
  12. Snappy Science – Speedy fish experiment
    Snappy Science – Speedy fish experiment
  13.  
  14.  
  15.  
  16.  
  17. Snappy Science – Make rain
    Snappy Science – Make rain
  18. Snappy Science – Which freezes first: hot or cold water?
    Snappy Science – Which freezes first: hot or cold water?
  19. Snappy Science – Colourful ice melt!
    Snappy Science – Colourful ice melt!
  20. Snappy Science – Wave in a bottle
    Snappy Science – Wave in a bottle
  21.  
  22.  
  23.  
  24.  
  25. Every last drop
    Every last drop

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. How much water do you use?
    How much water do you use?
  2. Who tops the taste test?
    Who tops the taste test?
  3. Clean it up
    Clean it up
  4. Plumber visit
    Plumber visit
  5.  
  6.  
  7.  
  8.  
  9. School water audit
    School water audit
  10. Pour it on the plants
    Pour it on the plants

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. Thinking colours
    Thinking colours

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 water policy
    School water policy
  2. School water conservation project
    School water conservation 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. Sample Rubric
    Sample Rubric