Unit Rationale: The unit focuses on the topic of Australian Animals, students will explore the local environment first hand to develop knowledge and understanding of the native animals that surround us. Throughout the unit students will engage in lessons that highlight different aspects of Australian animals such as habit, food chain, and physical appearance. In conjunction students will distinguish the relationship between Aboriginals and Australian animals through research and contact with indigenous community members.
Using different learning strategies students will be able to identify native animals and their role in the environment; students will also create their own interpretation of dreamtime stories about Australian Animals. Towards the middle of the unit students will attend the Australian walkabout wildlife park where they will learn about Australian animals shelters, see how animals find or build shelters in the bush also interacting with wild animals living naturally, plus visit an ancient Aboriginal site to learn about hand stenciled caves, rock engravings and bush tucker. Class size: 23, 6 who identity as aboriginal, 2 whom are from a Pacific Islander background and 1 whom is from a Korean background.
Class Description: Students in our class are of ages 6 and 7 and have seen to display mixed motivation levels when participating in activities. Most students are easily engaged in classroom activities, but only a small proportion of students are disengaged in some activities. Special considerations may need to be put in place in order for students to be motivated and keen to learn. As for scheduling, this unit will run for 1-hour once a week over 8 weeks in the semester. Our classroom will be equipped with a computer, projector and smartboard to support our lessons. School background.
Wallace Public school is renowned for providing high quality primary education. The school’s success has been the major factor in the growth of the school to its maximum capacity. Wallace Public School ranges from Kindergarten to Year 6 (ages 5-12). Enrollments in the school are 375 students of whom 63 students are identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. The school is supported by a fulltime Administration Manager, an Administration Officer, an Aboriginal Education Officer, Student Learning Support.
Officers and a General Assistant. Wallace Public School delivers life skills based learning programs to address the needs of students within the framework of curriculum documents. The school also provides opportunities for community participation and work experience with community access being a major focus. Alilia Sikahele Teigan Power Abbey Bates Learning expectations and indigenous considerations Abbey Class role Name Gender Identifies as Special needs Ashley, Sue Female Aboriginal Bennet, John Male Cossa, Andrew Male Fijian Asthmatic Culler, Fiona Female Edwards, Emily Female Aboriginal Fields, Abel Male Fuller, Samuel Male Gideon, Samantha Female Aboriginal Harvey, Mark Male Loli, Esther Female.
Tongan English as 2nd Language – require ESL tuition Luck, Tori Male Mullen, Greg Male Aboriginal Middle ear infection(otitis media) Oscar, Larry Male Palm, Giorgia Female Penny, Kira Female Pritchard, Bob Male Russell, Jack Male Aboriginal English as 2nd Language – require ESL tuition Smith, Luke Male Smith, Curtis Male Sullivan, Terri Female Tand, Kira Female Korean Trevor, Bianca Female Tyron, Aimee Female Aboriginal Wally, Dion Male Williams, Sam Male Allergic to nuts Wright, Amber Female Alilia Sikahele Teigan Power Abbey Bates Unit Lesson Outcomes KLA Lesson Focus Teaching/Learning activity Lesson 1 Lia Sikahele lesson English/pdhpe.
Students will be using Australian animals to improve their oral skills by listening to sounds in words and segmenting them into syllables. This will give students an understanding of what animals are around us. An Aboriginal guest will also come in to demonstrate the pronunciation of the animal names in their local language. Lesson 2 Maths Students identify values of Australian coins as showed on the Smartboard. Discuss the Australian animals featured on the coins. WM1. 3. Lesson 3 Art Why did Aboriginal people use dot painting when depicting Australian animals? How did they make the paint? Why did they paint Australian animals? Lesson 4.
English/art Aboriginal guest comes in to tell students some dream time stories, students will then go back and draw their interpretation of part of the dreamtime story Lesson 5 Excursion Students will attend the Australian walkabout wildlife park where they will learn about Australian animals shelters, see how animals find or build shelters in the bush also interacting with wild animals living naturally, plus visit an ancient Aboriginal site to learn about hand stenciled caves, rock engravings and bush tucker. http://www. walkaboutpark. com. au/ Lesson 6 Pdhpe.
Focusing on ball skills- students to be allocated animal groups and when moving between activities to act like their animal for example kangaroos, wombat, snakes Alilia Sikahele Teigan Power Abbey Bates Lesson 7 Teigan Power lesson HSIE / art Shelters Get students to discuss what shelters do Australian animals live in natural or manmade? Identify what animal’s lives in what shelter and what they might be made out of and how they might make their shelter? Students will then create and construct their own shelter for a particular Australia animal. Lesson 8 English/ pdhpe Plan a sports carnival for 3 Australian animals to participate in.
State the animals chosen, which events/races they would go in, who you think would win and why. Draw a picture of the animals in the events Lesson 9 Lesson 10 Individual Lessons Alilia Sikahele Teigan Power Abbey Bates Appendix References: ECU,. (2012) (1st ed. ). Retrieved from https://intranet. ecu. edu. au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/510073/8- Aboriginal-ways-of-learning-factsheet. pdf Board of Studies NSW (1998-2014) K-6 Syllabus documents. Sydney: Board of Studies NSW Public Schools. (2009). Retrieved from http://www. schools. nsw. edu. au/gotoschool/a-z/is_ps_staff. php What Works. The Work Program. (2014). Retrieved from http://www. whatworks. edu. au/dbAction. do? cmd=homePage.
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