Food for our Future: Science Feeding the World
Next Week is National Science Week and the theme for this year is Food for Our Future. The National Science Week website has a brilliant resource book (among other fabulous resources) to help you bring this topic to your classroom. The resource book contains a curriculum map that shows where the topic of food fit into the science curriculum from Foundation to year 9. There is a lesson plan linked to the curriculum content for each year level. The resource book makes for a great resource to download and keep for future reference. The F-2 lesson plans have an accompanying PowerPoint presentation that can be found at the Australian Science Teachers Association. The lessons and PowerPoint presentations are very good, well worth a look. With so much of the hard work done for us, it is hard to find an excuse not to participate in National Science Week!
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The Science Inquiry Skills pack is designed to help you run investigations with your class, in a relatively pain free manner. The pack is based on the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum for year 4 and 5. The pack contains posters and vocabulary cards so you can make a display to show students the different parts of the investigation process. The rest of the pack is made of worksheets you can make into a booklet for students to complete as they carry out their investigation. I made this pack for my own teaching of Science as I was sick of students saying they could not find their data recording sheet, or their investigation plan. All I do now is copy a booklet for each student, selecting the sheets I need. Sometimes I add in an instruction or stimulus sheet, if the particular investigation requires it. When the investigation is complete I collect them up and mark them using the rubric at the back, I can then immediately enter this information into my records ready for reports. I have found it to be very useful in my teaching of Science. After a few different investigations using this booklet, my students improve their understanding of the inquiry process.
One of the topics I have found difficult for my students to grasp is variables. To focus on this concept I made the Variables in Science Foldable so my students have a constant reminder in their Science journal about the meaning of variables. The pack also contains worksheets to help show students some real examples of variables in investigations. I have found the foldable works well as an introduction activity. There are 2 versions included in the pack, one with the technical language for variables and the other aimed at younger students beginning to learn about variables.
The other resource that is a must have in my classroom are vocabulary cards for the word wall I set up for each topic. I print and laminate the cards, then put a Velcro dot on the back so they can be easily taken on and off the felt display board. They help students to use the vocabulary of the topic in their speaking and writing activities. At the end of the unit the words are taken down an kept in a file that students have access to.
Pick up these products at the discounted price from now until the end of National Science Week, August 24th.
Have a great National Science Week. I look forward to hearing about any great activities you participate in.