This Biological Sciences unit explores how living things grow and change. Animal offspring (including humans) are compared with their parents and plants are grown from seed in order to observe change over a period of weeks.
It consists of 7 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.
Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Seedlings Vocabulary Sorting Activity
- Thinking Like a Scientist – PowerPoint
- The Scientific Method Poster – Lower Grades
- Science Experiment – How Does Soil Affect Seed Growth?
- Comparing a Lion Cub with an Adult Lion Template
- Female, Male and Baby Animals Sorting Activity
- Eggs-ellent Dominoes
- See, Think, Wonder – Template
- Comparing a Chick with a Hen Template
- Sequencing Life Cycles Worksheet
- Comparing Animals to Their Parents Template
- Butterfly Life Cycle Sort
- Silkworm ‘Lift the Flap’ Life Stages Template
- Human Growth and Change Sorting Activity
- My Life Stages ‘Lift the Flap’ Template
- Comparing Life Stages Worksheet
- To activate prior knowledge about how living things change as they grow.
- To develop an understanding of the procedures scientists use and to design one segment of an experiment.
- To plant seeds following the procedure of the scientific method.
- To compare observable features of adults and offspring and to identify the proper names of adults and their offspring.
- To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of simple life cycles.
- To develop an understanding of the concept of metamorphosis.
- To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages of the human life cycle.
Preparing for Learning
This Science unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, Numeracy and The Arts.
Prior to commencing the unit, develop a classroom display which focuses on living things growing and changing. Display word wall vocabulary and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Growth and Change collection on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
NSW Curriculum alignment
Victorian Curriculum alignment
Australian Curriculum alignment
Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events
People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things
Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events
Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions
Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables and through discussion, compare observations with predictions
Compare observations with those of others
Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways
Use informal measurements to collect and record observations, using digital technologies as appropriate