Science Mini-Unit, Living Things and Habitats.
In Semester One, 2014, I completed EDST201:Science and Technology Education. A requirement for this unit was to collaboratively plan and teach a five week mini-unit on a particular area of Science education at a local primary school. My partner and I were assigned Foundation and Grade One students at St Patrick's Primary School in Gordon. My partner and I decided to plan a unit of work on Living Things and Habitats. Throughout our planning we used current best practice models of Science teaching such as the 5 E's model, Science Inovation in Schools (SIS) and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT). Throughout the five weeks, I was able to collaboratively plan and teach with another pre-sertvice teacher which I have not had the opportunity to do before this unit. At the conclusion of the mini-unit, we were required to write a report on each students' progress over the five weeks. These reports were required to be professional and at a standard that could be sent home to parents. Our reports were sent home to parents with their end of semester report. Below I have attached our unit plan as well as one student's report as an example. The photo above shows students investigating animal homes within their school yard.