UNIT OVERVIEW: COMPONENTS, EXPLANATION/DETAILS AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

COMPONENTS EXPLANATION/DETAILS LEARNING
EXPERIENCES
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U!it Orie!t&tio! The unit will begin with two interactive
classes on animal adaptations. The
classes will include videos, an
experiment and hands on activities. This
will engage the students and provide
them with brief background information
necessary for this unit.
Lesson 1-hands on
introductory lesson
Lesson 2-hands on
experiment
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There are a number of lessons where
students will gain knowledge about
physical and behavioral adaptations of
living things. ctivities throughout the unit
will build background knowledge and
understanding.
!tudents will research and gain
knowledge of a number of different
ustralian animals.
!tudents will partake in a number of
hands on experiments to further their
knowledge of adaptations.
!tudents will also focus heavily on
literacy, literature, language features of
texts and online resources to gain and
develop their "nglish skills.
Lessons that build
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be seen throughout the
whole unit plan.
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This text will be used in a number of
ways throughout the unit. The text will
integrate biological science and "nglish
from the ustralian -urriculum. The unit
has a strong focus on literacy, language
and literature.
The focus text is used
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COMPONENTS EXPLANATION/DETAILS LEARNING
EXPERIENCES
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Re.po!di!) to te1t. !tudents will use research skills to respond to text.
!tudents need to read and find the information
most appropriate for their research.
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!tudents will also respond to the focus text through
online blogging
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used in this unit plan to assist learning.
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These texts will not only be used to assist the focus
text but also to explore text structure.
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contrast the language features and text structure.
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COMPONENTS EXPLANATION/DETAILS LEARNING
EXPERIENCES
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!tudent will have a number of opportunities to
research and use online interactive resources to
extend their knowledge and understanding.
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webpage
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9esponding to text through online blogging
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'nline compare and contrast and venn diagram
interactive webpages
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-reating posters and informative movies
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necdotal notes, observations, conferencing and
reflection are strategies that will be used to
determine if the students are gaining the necessary
information. These strategies will also show if
further teaching needs to occur before moving onto
the next lesson.
Throughout the
whole unit plan
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rubric will allow the teacher to evaluate students:
learning at the end of the unit.
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!tudents will gain and develop a wide range of
learning throughout this unit. Through research,
comparisons, collaborative and whole class
activities, analysing text structure and a range of
resources, students should reach the re;uired
receptive and productive modes.
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unit.