This recourse has been designed to help educate Grade 5 student about the Solar System. The main objectives which are derived straight from the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, n.d) have been presented in the table below:
Earth and Space Science
To acknowledge that Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around the sun
Science and a Human Endeavour
Nature and Development of Science
To draw conclusions about how scientists where able to develop ideas about the Solar System.
Science Inquiry Learning
Be able to use a multi-modal text to help gather relevant information about our Solar System
This science resource reflects all the three learning outcomes in various ways. The main content is teaching students about the Solar System, as shown above, this reflects the Science Understanding strand of the Australian Curriculum. This tool allows students to explore and discover our solar system using a range of websites. On completion of the task, students should to identify the planets of the solar system and have an idea of how long they take to orbit the sun, and should also be able to identify the distance of Earth and other planets from the sun (ARCAR, n.d)
The process of this resource requires student to examine how their planet was discovered, reflected the Science as a Human Endeavour strand. Elaborated in the Australia Curriculum (ACARA, n.d), “research of how scientists where able to develop ideas about the solar system through the gathering of evidence the space exploration.” This statement supports not only the process section of the resource but the whole resource as students are required to conduct a research and discover all the interesting facts about their planet.
The third strand of the Australian Curriculum is the Science Inquiry Skills. The sub-strand relating to this resource is found under Communicating. The Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2010)elaborated on communicating and stated that a use of multi-modal texts should be used to help communicate scientific ideas. his resource requires students to use a range of websites and videos to come up with their factsheet and therefore supports this sub-strand.
A WebQuest is "an inquiry-oriented activity, which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet" (Dodge, 1995 as cited in Saskatoon, 2009). This is the main teaching method used in this resource. This strategy was chosen as students tend to enjoy exploring the internet to find relvant information. Students gain knowledge of the internet and also understand what to look for when deciding what resource to use. “Students may also learn to use presentation software which allowed them to impart their information in a creative way while educating other” (Saskatoon, 2009). From this statement, the second part of the project allows students to create a wiki and share their thoughts with other students.
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-ACARA (n.d). Science / Year 5 / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Elements/ACSIS093
-ACARA (n.d). Science / Year 5 / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Elements/ACSSU078
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