COMPLETE 10 WEEK UNIT OF WORK: Includes detailed, hands-on and interactive lessons (venn diagrams, T-charts, planting seeds experiment, role play etc). Links to online activities/games and relevant YouTube clips. Detailed formative assessment and summative 'design and make' task with accompanying assessment rubric which can be edited, printed and used for your class.
This unit aims to bring student prior knowledge to a conscious level, making explicit all the basic needs of living things. Through the firsthand experience of a guest presenter, students recognise how people look after a pet to meet its basic needs. Focus questions help identify what senses the animal uses to help meet those needs. Students use the experience to create a model of a pet and identify how they would meet its needs. Incorporates baby chickens and life cycles.
Science journals are used as a tool for recording the students’ learning journey. It is used to review and organise observations and ideas, and can include images and student contributions. Real life, hands-on experiences and sharing observations with others are a key part of creating meaningful, shared understandings. Individually students create a model, draw observations and identify wants and needs.
Whilst employing the students’ own senses as a tool for scientific observation, this unit could be extended through additional lessons analysing the way animals (including humans) use their senses to help them survive.