In this unit, kindergarten students begin to learn about how living and non-living things differ. Through exploring how living and non living things move, they discover energy and the idea of push and pull. Students have fun, experimenting with how their own living bodies move, and also investigate how their non-living, favourite toys move and are propelled. They also begin to practise early analysis skills by predicting and experimenting with energy and movement in toy cars.
View how assessment is used in this unit plan. These assessments help students and teachers set understandable goals, monitor student progress, provide feedback, assess thinking, performance and products, and reflect on learning throughout the activities.
Students Prior Knowledge
It would be helpful if students were already aware of the meaning of non-living and living things (this may have been a previous unit of work in Kindergarten). Students also need to be able to participate in class discussions, work in groups and with older peers/buddies. Therefore terms 3 or 4 of this first year of school may be the optimum time for delivery of this unit.
Teachers Professional Learning
NSW DET teachers may wish to review how the Connected Outcome Groups (COGs) work. http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/timetoteach/cogs/index.htm*
Introducing the Unit
Concluding the Unit
Students with special needs
Students with special may need to work with peers/buddies or teachers aide if required. Small group work should also facilitate full participation in all activities and encourage engagement and understanding.
English as a second language (ESL) students
Pair ESL students with peers/buddies whose first language is English. Work in small groups.
Open ended tasks provided throughout the unit for students to extend themselves. Continue to provide high expectations.
Allocate time for indigenous storytelling around the topic of movement.
Rebecca Ross participated in the Intel® Teach Essentials Course, which resulted in this idea for a classroom project.
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