Living Things and Their Needs Unit Plan

Living Things and Their Needs Unit Plan

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This Science unit covers a range of concepts relating to the basic needs of living things.

It consists of 10 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.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Living or Non-Living?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the features of living and non-living things.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

What Do Living Things Need?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the four basic needs of living things.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Living Things Need Oxygen

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify why living things need oxygen.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Creating Oxygen Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how plants make oxygen.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Living Things Need Energy

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify why living things need energy.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Balloon Rocket Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how energy makes things move.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Living Things Need Water

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate why living things need water.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Making a Mini Water Cycle Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how the water cycle works.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Living Things Need Shelter

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify why living things need shelter.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Shelter Building Experiment

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how a shelter can protect a living thing.

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Lesson 11 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Habitat Diorama - Assessment Task

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An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the four basic needs for living things.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Science > Foundation Year > Science Understanding > Biological sciences > ACSSU002
Living things have basic needs, including food and waterElaborationsidentifying the needs of humans such as warmth, food and water, using students’ own experiences (Skills: Critical and Creative ...

Science > Foundation Year > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > ACSHE013
Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and eventsElaborationsrecognising that observation is an important part of exploring and investigating the things...

Science > Foundation Year > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and predicting > ACSIS014
Pose and respond to questions about familiar objects and eventsElaborationsconsidering questions relating to the home and school and objects used in everyday life (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creat...

Science > Foundation Year > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS011
Participate in guided investigations and make observations using the sensesElaborationsusing sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell so that students can gather information about the world around them ...

Science > Foundation Year > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS233
Engage in discussions about observations and represent ideasElaborationstaking part in informal and guided discussions relating to students’observations (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative T...

Science > Foundation Year > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > ACSIS012
Share observations and ideasElaborationsworking in groups to describe what students have done and what they have found out (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capabi...


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