Design a CLIL didactic unit
Subject: Social Science Teacher: M.Pilar Garrido
Title of the Unit : The Earth in the Solar System
Course / Level: 3th Primary
1. Learning outcomes
/ Evaluation criteria
-To indentify and name the eight planets in the Solar System.
-To classify the planets in closer and further than the Sun.
-To know the two movements of the Earth.
-To know how the day, the night and the seasons are taken place.
-To distinguish the three layers of the Earth.
-To identify the satellite of the Earth and its phases.
2. Subject Content -The Sun and the eight planets.
-The closest planets and the furthest planets.
-Phases of the moon.
-Movements of the Earth: rotation and revolution.
-Layers of the Earth.
3. Language Content / Communication
Vocabulary -Nouns: Earth, Moon, rotation, revolution, planets (Venus, Mars,
Mercury, Saturn…), day, night, atmosphere, geosphere,
hidrosphere, seasons (Winter, summer, autumn, spring)…
-Verbs: be, take, can, have got…
-Adjectives:big, small, round, close, far from, full, hot, bright…
-Prepositions: in, under, up, around…
Structures Comparatives and superlatives, It is/They’re, How long…?, In
which phase…? What?...
Discourse type Oral and watching
Language skills Listening, speaking, writing, reading
4. Contextual (cultural)
This unit is analized at the beginning of the course 3th Primary.It’s
the first unit. Our students have a medium level about science and
they stay in a urban context.
5. Cognitive (thinking)
-Check out the previous knowledge of the students about the topic.
-Learn and understand new vocabulary and the different processes
with the aim of understanding oral-visual-written pieces of
-Memorize, organize y connect the contents of the unit.
6. (a) Task(s) -Role playing in groups: each one is a Solar System and students
will explain the caracteristics of each planet.
-A handicraft (of foam) marking the layers of the Earth.
6. (b) Activities -Watch videos about the information of orbits, planets, movements
of The Earth, the moon, the seasons.
-Draw the Solar System.
-Listen songs about this topic.
-Play online games.
-Work in group.
-Consolidation and extension activities.
Organization and class
distribution / timing
In all group: general explanation, introduction of activities and
tasks, oral and common activities (like role play)
In small groups: final tasks.
In pairs: games, watching videos, dialogues.
Individual: individual comprehension activities.
The disposition of the class will stay with flexibility: U shape.
Six sessions of one hour each one and one more to make the test.
Resources / Materials Videos, diagrams, images, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, felt-
pens, rubbers, cards, digital board, tablets, foam.
Key Competences -Competence in linguistic comunication: knowledge of vocabulary,
development of readings, using English language to understand
and express themselves.
-Digital competence: watching videos, playing on line, practising
-Social and civic competence: helping others, respecting the
opinions, valuing the scientific knowledge.
-Learning to learn: saying what they know, summarizing.
-Competence in science: learning scientific vocabulary.
-Autonomy and personal iniciative: learning in individual activities
and in group work.
8. Evaluation (criteria
-To identify elements and some caracteristics of the Solar System
(planets and satellite Moon).
-To know better our planet Earth: movements, layers.
-To name the seasons.
-To respect themselves.
-To value English language
-Daily observation (in the four skills) and participation.
-Check their notebooks and productions.
-Test about the unit.
A first sample of this template has been published at:
Pérez Torres, I. 2009. "Apuntes sobre los principios y características de la metodología AICLE"
en V. Pavón, J. Ávila (eds.), Aplicaciones didácticas para la enseñanza integrada de lengua y
contenidos. Sevilla: Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía-Universidad de