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Unit Plan 2015

Curriculum area: Science


Unit title: Thinking like Scientists
Curriculum achievement objective(s):
Investigating in Science
Students will:
Extend their experiences and personal explanations of the natural world through exploration, play, asking questions, and discussing simple models.
Material World:
Students Will:
Observe, describe and compare physical and chemical properties of common materials and changes that occur when materials are mixed, heated, or cooled.
Skills:
The children will:
Use the correct scientific terminology and apply it.
Hypothesise (predict), Experiment, Observe, Discuss, Record
observations in pictures or diagrams, Evaluate
Hypothesise about what will happen in the experiments (labelled
diagrams).
Apply terminology to experiments. Interpret and understand it.
Sequence the processes that happen during the experiment (labelled
diagrams).
Record their observations / findings.

Knowledge:
The children will:
Define the terms hypothesise, experiment, observe, evaluate.
Ask relevant questions.
Understand how to observe closely and draw what they see.

Curriculum Links: Oral Language.


AO: Form and express ideas on a range of topics
Form and express ideas drawing from personal experience and prior knowledge (To hypothesise and discuss findings)
Parent Involvement: Team day where parents come to join in with children doing an investigation.
Key competencies: Using language, symbols and texts and managing self, thinking.
Start with the end in mind
Carry out an investigation based on a question; predict possible outcomes: follow instructions to observe, record and describe using scientific terminology.
So what? Why are we teaching this? We want our children to develop an interest in science by being engaged and motivated in their learning through hands on
experiments.
Driving questions or scenario:
What happens if. What happens when.Create a wondering wall..what did you learn.. what did you find interesting. what do you think would happen

Learning experiences:
Show the learning outcomes for each week, activity ideas and identify assessment tasks.
Week 1
Learning Outcomes
The children will
Introduce scientific terminology i.e., investigate, predict, hypothesis, evaluate, observe, explain,
experiment, record.
Do an experiment together as we work through the scientific terms.
Begin wondering wall
Brainstorm prior knowledge
Co-construct learning outcomes and discuss how they will know if they are successful
While working through the experiments, the children will
Hypothesise (predict), Experiment, Observe, Discuss, Record observations in pictures or
diagrams, Evaluate
Hypothesise about what will happen in the experiments (labelled diagrams).
Apply terminology to experiments. Interpret and understand
Sequence the processes that happen during the experiment (labelled diagrams).
Record their observations / findings.
Apply previously learned knowledge of the scientific process into a new experiment.
Repeat the experiment to see if the outcome is the same. Introduce fair testing concept.

Possible learning experiences:


www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiment
Define terms.
Begin experimenting..
Possible learning experiences:
Dana to ask Nikolas Markotsis Dad (Dr Martin Markotsis) to come in to
demonstrate science experiments.
Possible experiments: (Collaborate with your class which experiments
you would like to do).

Hot Air Eggsperiment


Water Molecules on the Move.
Rushing Water.
Warm Air Needs More
Diving Raisins.
Fire Extinguisher.
Soap Boats.
Coke and Mentos.
Candle in a Jar
Balloon Rocket
Foaming Milk
Volcano MUST DO BEFORE THE FOAMING MONSTER SO
THEY CAN COMPARE AND CONTRAST AND IT IS ALSO FOR
THE EXTENDED ABSTRACT
Foaming Monster - ASSESSMENT

Elephants tooth paste


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J40MQEhOLY
Popsicle sticks
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?
q=steve+spangler+glow+stick+experiment&FORM=VIRE7
#view=detail&mid=56E3D6847E23680577C056E3D6847E
23680577C0
Week 2
The children will
As above

Possible learning experiences:


Daily Group experiments based on the adjacent stuff.

Week 3
The children will
Possible learning experiences:
As above
Daily Group experiments based on the adjacent stuff.
Parent Involvement:
Science Sharing: Parents will be invited in to bring an experiment to demonstrate to the children and/or to assist children to conduct their experiment in groups.
Resources:
Each child to bring in a plastic bottle for the experiments
Each class needs to have a variety of bowls, saucers, tubs
Vinegar
Baking soda
Dish washing liquid
Milk
Food colouring / dye
Pepper
Raisins