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  1. 1. The Importance of Science Education Welcome to Science in 5sp Miss Sarah Peters W0101628
  2. 2. What is Science? <ul><li>Science provides an important contribution to a child’s: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decision Making </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to work in groups </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Impact of Science <ul><li>Without science : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The world we live in will struggle to advance. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology could not improve. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Humans rely on science on a daily basis. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Impact on Students <ul><li>Science gives students: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A basic understanding of how things work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to critically think and problem solve </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to make decisions based on critical thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to work in groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Helps to construct important skills away from the classroom </li></ul>
  5. 5. QSA and Science <ul><li>QSA is the Queensland Studies Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Determines the content that is taught through the Essential Learnings i.e. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life and living </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Earth and Beyond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy and Change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural and Processed Materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Science as a Human Endeavors </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Five Strands of Science <ul><ul><ul><li>Life and living </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Earth and Beyond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy and Change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural and Processed Materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Science as a Human Endeavors </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Unit Plan <ul><li>Whole term outlook on what students will be learning </li></ul><ul><li>Learning focus extracted from the Essential Learnings Year 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Main Activities have been researched and developed specifically </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment will take form of a research PowerPoint </li></ul>
  8. 8. Global Warming and Pollution <ul><li>Is the topic of the unit plan </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant topic to children </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of awareness in the media </li></ul>
  9. 9. Essential Learnings <ul><li>Out of the Five Strands the Unit Plan will focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Earth and Beyond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Science as a Human Endeavour </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Some Activities <ul><li>Classroom Earth Hour </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon Footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Up Australia day </li></ul>
  11. 11. Classroom Earth Hour <ul><li>Complete an ‘Earth Hour’ in the classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All electric things will be turned off </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Activities such as: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading books </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading newspapers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Completing a word find </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Will be done on a rotational basis </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Carbon Footprint <ul><li>Students will research their own Carbon Footprint </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ways to decrease footprint </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why it is important </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How the footprint is calculated ( ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Clean Up Australia Day <ul><li>Students will be asked to create their own ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ advertisement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They will use posters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These posters when completed will be placed on walls around the school </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Students will research pollution and the effects that it has on the environment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Assessment <ul><li>After completing community awareness activities </li></ul><ul><li>Students will research one activity at length </li></ul><ul><li>Present their findings in an oral and PowerPoint </li></ul>
  15. 15. Nature of Teaching Science <ul><li>All science should be Student related </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hands on Activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conceptual understanding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engage all Students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Meaning for students </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Diversity <ul><li>All Classes promote diversity in classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity in a science classroom can help: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social interaction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific progress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students scientific knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Importance of Science <ul><li>Science enables students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To become life-long learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To develop questioning abilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To question what is around them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ability to look at the world in more ways than one </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To identify importance of change on the environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To develop researching and concluding skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To accept diversity and promote equality </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. References <ul><li>(2010). &quot;Footprint Calculator &quot;. Retrieved 31st March 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>(2010). &quot;60 Earth Hour &quot;. Retrieved 31st March 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>(2010). &quot;Clean Up.&quot; Retrieved 31st March 2010 from </li></ul><ul><li>Eady, S. (2008). &quot;What is the Purpose of Learning Science? An Analysis in the Primary School &quot; British Journal of Educational Studies 56(1). </li></ul><ul><li>Intemann, K. (2009 ). &quot;Why Dicersity Matters: Understanding and Applying the Diversity Component of the National Science Foundation's Broader Impacts Criterion &quot; Social Epistimology 23(3 & 4): 249-266 </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland Studies Authority. (2007). Science Essential Learnings. Retrieved March 5, 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>Skamp, K., Ed. (2006 ). Teaching Primary Science Constructively Teaching Primary Science Constructively Cengage Learning </li></ul><ul><li>VERSPAGEN, O. N. B. (2008). &quot;Knowledge Flows, Patent Citations and the Impact of Science on Technology.&quot; Economic Systems Research </li></ul><ul><li>Vilches, D. G.-P. A. (2005). &quot;The Contribution of science and technology education to citizen's culture &quot; Cnadaian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Teachnology Education 5(2). </li></ul>