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Lesson Plan Year: year 7

Unit/Topic: Scientists at work Key Learning Area: Science as a Human Endeavour Date:_August 2012 Year Level: 7

Outcomes: Understanding of science stereotypes and a range of jobs in science. Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples lives. Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions.


(Key Knowledge and Skills students should begin to achieve in the lesson taken from the Australian Curriculum)

Science Understanding Biological sciences There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity Science as a Human Endeavour Nature and development of science Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed peoples understanding of the world Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science Use and influence of science Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations

Statistics and Probability Data representation and interpretation Identify and investigate issues involving numerical data collected from primary and secondary sources

Language Expressing and developing ideas Investigate vocabulary typical of extended and more academic texts and the role of abstract nouns, classification, description and generalisation in building specialised knowledge through language Understand how to use spelling rules and word origins, for example Greek and Latin roots, base words, suffixes, prefixes, spelling patterns and generalisations to learn new words and how to spell them Literature Literature and context Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts Literacy Interpreting, analysing, evaluating Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts

LESSON STRUCTURE Time Introduction (Set): 2 min Briefly explain the lesson format. Some work at tables, return to meeting area, discuss and record some results. Back to tables Profiles Sum up on the mat. Show Museum slide show

Teaching Approaches eg DOL strategies, grouping strategies: Meeting on the mat students on stools and no materials. Engage students elicit responses using students prior knowledge. Engagement only no formal definitions provided or correcting students. Find out what prior knowledge they have. Try to involve all students not just those with hands up

Time 10-15 min 10-15 min

Main Content:
Draw a scientist

Teaching Approaches

Discuss and share drawings, collect data on the white board. Introduce concept of different fields and places scientists work. Briefly - stereotypes - crazy scientist photo. Is this the only kind of scientist we have? Engage students ask for ideas and contributions about science prior knowledge.

Engagement no formal definitions provided or correcting students. Find out what prior knowledge they have. Try to involve all students not just those with hands up Engage and question.

5-10 min
End lesson 1 Lesson 2

Return to tables and create composite bar graph

Hand out second work sheet and profiles. Back to mat sharing some information Museum slide show Draw another scientist.

Engage and question.

conclusion Hopefully, find greater diversity in the range of drawings.



Teaching Approaches

(Include equipment required for class and/or for teacher preparation) A3 paper to make poster/collagepencils crazy scientist photo Printouts of scientist articles


Evidence of learning - create poster/collage