Growth and Change Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Growth and Change Unit Plan

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7 x Lessons | Suitable for Grade: 2

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • 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.

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.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

How Do Living Things Change?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will activate prior knowledge about how living things change as they grow.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Let's Think Like a Scientist

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop an understanding of the procedures scientists use and design one segment of an experiment.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

A-Planting We Will Go!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plant seeds following the procedure of the scientific method.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Mothers, Fathers and Babies

A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare observable features of adults and offspring and identify the proper names of adults and their offspring.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Going Through Stages

A 60 minute lesson in which students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of simple life cycles.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Big Changes!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop their understanding of the concept of metamorphosis.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

This is Your Life

A 60 minute lesson in which students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages of the human life cycle.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8 (Assessment)

Changes, Changes Everywhere!

An assessment task in which students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how living things grow and change.

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