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UNIT PLANNER

Science overarching idea: Energy and Matter-Sustainability Year Level: 5/6 Sessions: 2 Overall aims of the unit At the end of this unit students will be able/capable of: How do we save energy? Why do we use coal? How is coal related to energy, lights and stuff? -Students will be able to understand the importance of being sustainable and how their actions affect the wider community. -Students will be able to create ways to inform the school community about how to be sustainable. Date: 20/3/13

Students questions selected and referenced answers (dot points):

Overall relevance of the topic and aims for the students social context and needs: - For students to develop a sound understanding of being sustainable gives them confidence and knowledge that their actions have implications on the world and environment around them.

Teaching approach assigned and short description:

- Social Constructivist approach to learning teachers ask focus question and the students discuss in three groups one of the three questions listed above. They then reflect as a group to the other groups and comments are added and questions are asked to extend their understandings. The students then split up in two groups and come up with their own ideas that enable them to develop a meaning advertisement of what it means to be sustainable and energy efficient. This demonstrates collaboration between groups and allows students to construct their own meaning from the discussions. Key Australian Science curriculum Standard (taken directly from the website): They develop a view of Earth as a dynamic system, in which changes in one aspect of the system impact on other aspects; similarly they see that the growth and survival of living things are dependent on matter and energy flows within a larger system. Students discuss how scientific developments have affected peoples lives and how science knowledge develops from many peoples contributions.

Key vocabulary: Sustainability, energy, advertisement, promoting, questioning, investigating, planning, storyboard, filming, recording,

Key equipment / resources: Paper and markers iPad x2 Story board sheets

SESSION 1 Learning outcomes: - By the end of the session students will have posed questions, with guidance, on ways to be sustainable and explore different solutions on how to promote being sustainable in their school. Specific activities session 1 (In terms of what the students will do) Students will have 5min for rocket writing and answering as much as they can in terms of the question they are given: -What do you know about sustainability? -Why is it important to be sustainable? -What do you do at school that is sustainable? Students will discuss as a group what they wrote down and anything else they might have missed. With the guiding question: What can you do that is sustainable and how can you promote that in the school? Students will come up with a list of ways they can promote sustainability in their school. Students will be split into two groups. Each group will choose one way to be sustainable in their school and come up with a 1min advertisement that will promote this in their school. Students will use a storyboard to plan their advertisement: every student must be in the short advertisement. Students will share their videos and give feedback

SESSION 2: (Self guided) Learning outcomes: -By the end of the session students will have a deeper understanding of what sustainability is and what the school can do to become more sustainable. Specific activities session 2 (remember this session will be carried by the students without your guidance) Group activity: - Form groups of 3-4 Research: - In these groups use computers to research and find out the answers to the following questions: 1. What is sustainability? 2. Why is sustainability important? 3. What are some cool facts about sustainability? - Answer the questions on the question sheet - Think and discuss about what can the school do to become more sustainable Activity: - You are the principle of a school. - Using the A3 sheet of the school outline and the pictures that you have been given what can you do to create a sustainable school. - You can draw on or write all the different things that you can include to create a sustainable school. - What else can you add other then those suggested on the picture sheet? - If there is time compare with another group.

Attachments for session 2:

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