I am creating a unit for prep students on living things. These students are in a special education school and have mild intellectual impairments as well as high behavioural disorders. These students dislike sitting around and listening to their teachers talking for long periods of time (15 or more minutes) and this is when behavioural problems tend to increase. The students highly value using ICT within lessons and it captures their complete attention and they are able to stay on focus throughout different tasks while using ICT, as well as taking a hands on approach to completing activities. With this in mind the use of ICT in lessons will be priceless and incorporated as often as possible, in many different ways. The unit will go for 4 weeks with 3 lessons per week.
The learning objectives for this unit are based around constructing knowledge and transforming knowledge. The learning objectives have come from the Australian curriculum science strand for the foundation year level.
The constructing knowledge comes from the biological science “Living things have basic needs, including food and water” (ACSSU002)
The transforming knowledge comes from the science inquiry skills “Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas” (ACSIS233) and “Share observations and ideas” (ACSIS012)
The assessment criteria that I will use has come from the QSA standard elaborations under the Apply (AP) sections for prep science.
The science understanding criteria is –
- Clear descriptions of living things and their needs
- Applications of science knowledge, gained through observation and exploration in familiar situations
The science inquiry criteria is –
- Clear communication of observations and ideas
At this present stage I have already continued thinking about the assessments and the learning stages and am now researching different ICT resources that can be used in order to enrich the learning of my students