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									         How healthy is our
Unit Title
Environment?
Unit Task              Students will identify, measure and analyse features of their
                       local environment to illustrate its suitability for living inhabitants.
                       On the basis of this, students will develop and implement a plan
                       for improving the environment. By collecting, organising and
                       presenting data, they will evaluate the extent to which the goals
                       have been achieved.

Unit Level             Year 4/5
Unit Length            10 weeks

Curriculum Organiser              Life and Environment

Syllabus Outcomes
       Outcome                       What students should              What students should
                                             know                         be able to do
HPE

PH3.5 Students describe            Dimensions of health               Identify strategies to help keep
features of places where they      Individuals/groups responsible     places healthy
live, work and play that           for areas                          Monitor own behaviour in
influence the health of            Appropriate health practices       relation to caring for the
themselves and others, and         How behaviours of people           environment for negotiated time
propose ways they can help the     effect others                      periods
people who are responsible for     Strategies for caring for the      Evaluate existing features and
keeping these places healthy.      health of environment and          practices
                                   others

Science

SS3.3 Students make                Dimensions of health               Identify strategies to reduce
predictions about the immediate    Impacts on environment             negative impact on environment
impact of some applications of     Effects of pollution on            Describe impact of existing
science on their community and     environment                        applications on environment
environment, and consider          How behaviours of people           Predict impact of future
possible pollution and public      effect environment                 applications on environment
health effects.                    How technology effects             Explain relationship between
                                   environment                        living and non-living
LL3.3 Students describe some       Living Vs non-living               components of an ecosystem
interactions between living        What types of interactions occur   Describe effect on environment
things and between living and      What is an ecosystem               by change in one resource
non-living parts of the            Types of uses of resources
environment.                       (basic needs)

SOSE

PS3.3 Students cooperatively       Cooperative strategies and         Determine and implement a
collect and analyse data           skills                             variety of instruments to obtain
obtained through field study       How to use a variety of field      data
instruments and surveys, to        instruments                        Identify strategies to work
influence the care of a local      How to design, conduct and         cooperatively
place.                             analyse survey results             Describe areas of improvement
                                                                      identified by analysis of data
Technology

IT3 Students determine and       Strategies for locating and        Use strategies to aid research
use a range of techniques and    retrieving info. from variety of   Use IT to obtain, organise and
equipment to access, record      sources                            present data/info.
and generate information to      Strategies for presenting data
create products for themselves   and info.
and others.

The Arts

AT1 Students use a variety of    Verbal Vs non-verbal gestures      Use range of verbal and non-
verbal and non-verbal gestures   How to use voice when              verbal gestures when
when presenting to an            performing                         presenting to audience
audience.                                                           Use range of visual aids to
AT 2 Students use a variety of   How to use graphical info. and     support presentation
still images to support their    still images in presentation
written information.

English

ENG1 Students organise,          Generic structures and text        Use genre of Investigation
analyse and evaluate data        features of Investigation Report   Report to organise, analyse and
using the Investigation Report                                      present info.
genre.

Maths

MA1 Students use a variety of    How to use tables to organise      Use scales when drawing
instruments to measure a range   info.                              diagrams
of attributes.                   Units of measurement               Use tables and graphs to
MA2 Students use illustrative    How to represent data using        organise and present data
methods to organise and          graphs
present data.                    Scales
MA3 Students recreate images     How to use scales when
using correct proportion and     reading and drawing diagrams .
perspective.                     maps
                                 Spatial awareness


NOTE: The Arts, English and Maths outcomes are teacher-generated.
Performance Indicators
    Outcome                          Level 2                       Level 3                      Level 4
PH3.5 Students               Students can describe         Students can explain how     Students can evaluate
describe features of         the effect of behaviours/     features of the              existing features and
places where they live,      actions on themselves or      environment can              practices to identify areas
work and play that           the environment.              influence the health of      that can be improved to
influence the health of      Students can group            self and others.             benefit their environment.
themselves and others,       individuals into              Students can devise          Students can evaluate
and propose ways they        dimensions of                 strategies to care for the   own behaviours that
can help the people who      health/environment they       health of environment        influence health of
are responsible for          are responsible for.          and others.                  themselves and others.
keeping these places                                       Students can link actions    Students can apply
healthy.                                                   of people responsible for    strategies to real life
                                                           environment with health      situations in a variety of
                                                           of environment.              contexts.
                                                           Students can work
                                                           towards achieving a goal
                                                           that develops strategies
                                                           for improving one area of
                                                           their environment.

SS3.3 Students make          Students can describe         Students can categorize      Students can compare
predictions about the        possible effects on           impacts on environment.      two applications of
immediate impact of          environment.                  Students can illustrate      science and their effects.
some applications of         Students can identify         how technological            Students can predict
science on their             strategies to reduce          innovations have             long- term effects of
community and                pollution.                    impacted on the              applications.
environment, and                                           environment.
consider possible                                          Students can identify
pollution and public                                       strategies to reduce
health effects.                                            negative impact on
                                                           environment.
                                                           Students can predict
                                                           impact of future
                                                           applications on
                                                           environment.

LL3.3 Students describe      Students can group items      Students can categorize      Students can develop
some interactions            into living and non-living.   relationships between        and maintain an
between living things and    Students can describe         living and non-living        ecosystem.
between living and non-      effect on living things if    components.                  Students can predict
living parts of the          one resource (eg: water)      Students can identify        impact on ecosystem as
environment.                 was taken away.               effects on environment if    variables are changed.
                                                           resources are out of
                                                           balance.

PS3.3 Students can           Students can describe         Students can                 Students can gather,
cooperatively collect and    appropriate group             demonstrate how to           organise and analyse
analyse data obtained        cooperative skills.           design, conduct and          data on environment to
through field study          Students can                  analyse survey results.      make recommendations
instruments and surveys,     demonstrate use of basic      Students can                 on future care.
to influence the care of a   field study instruments.      demonstrate how to use       Students can apply
local place.                                               field study instruments to   cooperative skills to a
                                                           obtain data.                 variety of contexts.
                                                           Students can draw            Students can collect data
                                                           conclusions from the         from own developing
                                                           data.                        ecosystem as variables
                                                           Students can                 change.
                                                           demonstrate appropriate
                                                           group cooperative skills.

IT3 Students can             Students can                  Students can                 Students can apply
determine and use a          demonstrate basic             demonstrate research         research skills and IT
range of techniques and      research skills (texts,       skills in accessing and      skills in a variety of
equipment to access,         CDRoms) to locate and         recording relevant           contexts.
record and generate          record relevant               information.
information to create        information.                  Students can
products for themselves      Students can                  demonstrate IT skills to
and others.                  demonstrate basic IT          create report
                             skills to publish report.     incorporating text, graphs
                                                          and illustrations.
The Arts                     Students can speak           Students can speak             Students can select and
AT1 Students use a           clearly and project their    clearly, project their voice   apply a range of verbal
variety of verbal and non-   voice well. Students can     well, maintain eye             and non-verbal gestures
verbal gestures when         maintain appropriate eye     contact, and use               when presenting to an
presenting to an             contact.                     appropriate hand               audience in various
audience.                    Students can include a       gestures.                      contexts.
AT2 Students use a           table of data, and           Students can include a         Students can select and
variety of still images to   relevant pictures in their   graph illustrating data, a     apply a variety of still
support their written        report.                      diagram of their               images/graphics to
information.                                              environment, and               support their written
                                                          relevant pictures in their     information.
                                                          report.

English                      Students can compose         Students can compose           Students can select and
ENG1 Students organise,      an Observation-Comment       an Investigation Report        apply appropriate genre
analyse and evaluate         report based on collected    based on collected data.       for organising, analysing
data using the               data.                                                       and evaluating collected
Investigation Report                                                                     data.
genre.

Maths                        Students can manipulate      Students can manipulate        Students can select and
MA1 Students use a           a range of measuring         a range of measuring           manipulate a range of
variety of instruments to    devices.                     devices.                       measuring devices in a
measure a range of           Students can use tables      Students can use tables        variety of contexts.
attributes.                  to collate and organise      and graphs to collate,         Students can select and
MA2 Students use             data.                        organise and present           apply appropriate
illustrative methods to      Students can draw a          data.                          methods to convert data
organise and present         diagram of their             Students can draw a            into meaningful
data.                        environment,                 diagram of their               information.
MA3 Students recreate        demonstrating an             environment,                   Students can draw a
images using correct         awareness of proportion.     demonstrating an               diagram of their
proportion and                                            awareness of proportion        environment, using
perspective.                                              and perspective.               appropriate scale.
Learning Activities
               Activity                        Bloom        M.I.     Out-   Level   Assessment       Resources
                                                                    come
Students draw themselves in a              Knowledge       Visual   PH3.5    2
place/doing an activity where they                         Self
feel happy and safe. Students then
identify on the picture the different
dimensions of health.
(Individual work)
Students locate different                                  Visual   PH3.5    2                      Local area
areas/facilities in local area, and list                   People                                   map / model
individuals/groups responsible for                                                                  Excursion
care of areas.
(Focus lesson)
Students tell what strategies they                         Word     PH3.5    2
use to care for the environment.
(Whole class discussion)
Students make a facts chart                                Word     SS3.3    2                      Media re.
describing the types of pollution and                                                               pollution
their effects on the environment.
(Small group work)
Students make an arrow chart                               Logic    LL3.3    2,3       LL3.3
indicating the interactions that occur                     Word                        Peer
between identified living and non-                         Nature                    Conference
living components of the
environment.
(Individual work)
Students match the test instrument                         Logic    PS3.3    2,3                    Photos of test
with the feature measured (soil,                                    MA1                             instruments
water, air, plants)                                                                                 and features.
(Work in pairs)
Students find the meaning of                               Word     LL3.3    3,4                    Dictionary
‘ecosystem’.                                               Nature   IT3
(Small group discussion)
Students restate strategies for caring     Comprehension   Body     PH3.5    2                      Media re.
for the health of others and                               People                                   care
environment through role play.
(Small group work)
Students explain the effect of                             Word     PH3.5    2,3       PH3.5        Illustrations
behaviours and science applications                                 SS3.3             Teacher       Photos
on themselves and environment                                                        Conference     Newspapers
after being provided stimuli eg:                                                                    Magazines
photos, newspapers.
(Whole class discussion)
Students distinguish between living                        Logic    LL3.3    2,3       LL3.3        Prepared
and non-living components by                               Nature                   Anec. Records   activity sheet
grouping them according to
characteristics and interactions.
(Individual work)
Students make a cartoon strip                              Visual   PS3.3    2,3
outlining the use of appropriate                           Word
cooperation skills in a given
scenario.
(Work in pairs)
Students prepare a chart outlining                         Visual   PH3.5    3,4
the cause-effect relationship                              Word     IT3
between environmental features and
health of self and others.
(Focus lesson -> Small group work)
Students gather and record data on         Application     Body     PS3.3    2                      Thermometer
basic needs of living things in their                      Logic    IT3                             PH meter
environment, specifically soil and                                                                  Test kits for:
water, using appropriate                                                                               Water
instruments.                                                                                           Soil
Students gather and record data on                         Body     PS3.3    3,4       PS3.3           Air
their environment using a variety of                       Logic    IT3                 IT3         (lamotte.com)
field study instruments and surveys.                                MA1                MA1,2
(Small group work)                                                  MA2              Observation
                                                                                      Checklist
Students use magazines, photos etc                    Visual   PH3.5     2,3                    Magazines
to make a collage that classifies                     Logic                                     Photos
individuals/groups based on                                                                     ClipArt
dimensions of health/features of
environment they are responsible
for.
(Individual work)
Students make a diorama to                            Visual   SS3.3     2,3
illustrate how technology is                          Self
incorporated into our lives.
(Small group work)
Students identify, from selected         Analysis     Music    SS3.3     2                      Jingles
song, environmental message and                       People                                    Songs
whose responsibility it is, as well as                                                          Cassette
listing alternative ideas.                                                                      recorders
Students compose a jingle to raise                    Music    SS3.3     3       SS3.3
awareness of need to reduce impact                    People   PH3.5             PH3.5
on environment of variety of science                                           Work Sample
applications, including whose                                                  Audio Tape
responsibility it is.
Students select at least 2 songs that                 Music    SS3.3     4                      Songs
contain environmental messages,                       Word                                      Poems
and write a brief report contrasting
the two.
(Small group work)
Students construct a table showing                    Logic    LL3.3     2,3      MA2
the effects of changing the                           Word                     Observation
abundance of resources.                               Nature
(Focus lesson)
Students complete a series of                         Logic              2-4      MA1           Primary
experiments on the composition of                     Word                     Observation      Investigations
water, air and soil.                                  Body
(As suggested in text)
Students complete a series of                                            2-4
experiments on ecosystems.
(As suggested in text)
Students compose an Observation-         Synthesis    Word     English   2
Comment report based on the                                    Maths
collected data and present to class.                           Arts
Students compose an Investigation                              IT3
Report based on collected data, and                            PS3.3     3,4       PS3.3
are to include data, conclusions, and                                                IT3
scaled map of environment studied                                                  ENG1
and present to class.                                                              AT1,2
(Individual work)                                                                  MA2,3
                                                                               Work Sample
                                                                               Criteria Sheet
Students design a science                             Visual   SS3.3     3,4       SS3.3
application and predict the short-                                                  Peer
and long-term impacts it will have on                                           Conference
the environment.
(Work in pairs)
Students develop an ecosystem,                        Body     LL3.3     4                      Materials for
gathering data on its health and                      Word                                      aquarium etc
devising ways of caring for it.                       Nature
Students predict impact on
ecosystem as variables are
changed.
(Small group work)
Students write a letter addressed to     Evaluation   Word     SS3.3     3,4
themselves outlining an evaluation                    Self
of their behaviours and strategies for
improving one area of personal
health. Students implement
strategies and monitor self-
improvement.
(Individual work)
Students list 2 or 3 strategies on                    Word     SS3.3     2
how to improve the environment,                       Logic    PS3.3
based on their Report.
Students evaluate conclusions                                3,4
drawn in report and write
recommendations for strategies to
improve environment.
(Level 4 students to include
evaluation of existing practices and
features, as well as the collected
physical and chemical data)
(Work in pairs)
Students implement                          Body     PS3.3   2-4
recommendations (if possible) and           Nature   SS3.3
monitor effect on selected                  Word     IT3
environment.                                Logic
(Work in pairs)


NOTE: Focus lessons will need to be conducted to form the basis of the above
learning activities. Such lessons will be evident in the weekly and daily planning
documents.

								
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