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Travelling abroad!!!
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  • Discipline: EFL
  • Topic: Travelling : Vacation? Job? or Studies?
  • Prior knowledge: A2 level
  • Age range: 13-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Giving, Well Being and Resilience
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Students learn about happiness and well being through giving to self, others, community and the environment. They plan, implement and reflect on their own acts of giving which they present to a panel of their parents, a peer, a teacher and community member.

  • Discipline: Cross disciplinary learning in English, Music, Science, Physical Education and Psychology
  • Topic: Giving to self, each other, community and the environment
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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What scares you the most?
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  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Horror fiction genre
  • Prior knowledge: Visual literacy, narrative structure, poetic devices
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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H2O
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Students learn about how their actions impact on water quality and how they can give to each other and to their environment. There is also a literacy component, focusing on writing information reports.

  • Discipline: Science and English
  • Topic: Water Sustainability/Giving
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 8-10
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Τα Μήλα
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  • Topic: Παραδοσιακό Ελληνικό Παιχνίδι
  • Prior knowledge: Το Κορόιδο
  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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FreeEaching--What's Freedom For?
FreeEaching--What's Freedom For?
Description:
  • Discipline: Life
  • Topic: Unfolding and Understanding the Black Box of You
  • Prior knowledge: All of what you have learned via gene and meme to date
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Road to Hospitality
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This course focuses on developing many of the skills necessary for both home entertainment and work in the hospitality industry.  It is centred on specific design breifs and students comple design folios as a record of their planning, investigation and evaluation activities.  Students will develop their food preparation and presentation skills using a wide variety of equipment and specific industry techniques.  Students will work in groups as a focus, sharing their designs with others.  they will also design a cafe in which they will plan, prepare and serve a variety of dishes for paying customers.

  • Discipline: Hospitality
  • Topic: Food and Hospitality 1
  • Prior knowledge: Basic food safety and hygiene, knowledge of how to follow a recipe.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Memories!
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Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem fox provides students with the opportunity to define the term memory and explore how objects can be used as memory triggers. Students are explicitly taught the text type of personal narratives with the unit culminating in writing an autobiograhy scaffolded through Mem Fox's autobigraphy. Students experience first hand how memories can be recorded through people's stories (listening to guest speakers share their life story)and artefacts; visiting Canberra's historic Blundell's Cottage and St John's School House Museum.

  • Discipline: History and English
  • Topic: Stories, families, autobiographies, museums
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Giving by setting something free
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Students explore a text set in Vietnam, Fly Free, to develop their understanding of the power of giving, including random acts of kindness, and to improve their literacy skills, particularly in visual literacy.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Giving and Visual Literacy
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 8-9
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Kaizen - Global Connections
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Students participate in two rotations of enrichment activities, immersing themselves in self-selected activities from Japan. They reflect and report back to the class, sharing their experiences and vocabulary. The class discusses the cross-cultural connections between Australia and Japan through investigating geography, home, school and celebrations. They consolidate this information by writing an information report on Japan.

  • Discipline: Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Studies of Asia with a focus on cross cultural connections between Japan and Australia and the explicit teaching of writing an information report
  • Prior knowledge: Students at Bonython Primary School and Cluster Schools engage in Japanese classes as their focus language of study
  • Age range: 5-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Hiroshima - an empathetic look
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This is a unit of work where students will take an in depth look at the Japanese involvement in WWII and the effects of the atomic bomb on the Japanese people. Students will be required to study images, pieces of writing, video and audio to gain an empathic understanding of the Hiroshima bombing. In literacy they will also study Photographs in the Mud, exploring the visual and linguistic features of this multimodal text.

  • Discipline: Languages other than English, English and Literacy
  • Topic: Japanese history with a focus on Horoshima
  • Prior knowledge: Some prior knowledge of Japanese culture and the history of WW11 would be useful.
  • Age range: 9-11
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Comparing Ancient Greece with Modern Australian Society
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Students will compare Ancient Greek government, society and the role of women with Australian Society today. Students are required to write an information report where they are offered the chance to extend themselves.

  • Discipline: English/SOSE
  • Topic: Comparing Ancient Greece and Australian story
  • Prior knowledge: PEC Paragraphs, Note taking skills
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Outsiders
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  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Novel study
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Kids in the Kitchen - Junior Food Technology
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This course focuses on the basic components of food, the nutritional value of foods and how students can select a balanced diet appropriate to their needs. Students will develop their food preparation skills using a wide variety of equipment and gain a greater understanding of the main food groups and nutrients, their importance in a balanced diet and experiment with food preparation techniques using these foods. Students will also begin exploring the hospitality industry, menu design and the role of marketing and advertising in their choices as food consumers.  Working in teams will be a significant component of this course.

  • Discipline: Food Technology
  • Topic: Healthy Eating, kitchen safety, food preparation
  • Prior knowledge: Nil
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Hunger Games, Reality Entertainment and Satire
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Through a novel study of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, students explore issues such as control, reality entertainment, materialism and genetic engineering, and satire as a literary device. Wikis are used to build an online learning community.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Novel Study and Literary Elements
  • Prior knowledge: Advertising techniques
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Learning by Design Training
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Description:

This element introduces teachers to the theory and practice of the Learning by Design lesson planner.  With Learning by Design, teachers use new social media to create dynamic learning experiences for students (in the form of Learning Elements) while also professionally documenting their work in curriculum and instruction and making it sharable with other teachers and students. Sharing work with the greater teaching community is encouraged, but always optional.

  • Discipline: Education
  • Topic: Educational Technologies
  • Prior knowledge: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Common Ground Learning by Design Training
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - a novel study
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This learning element is based on the novel "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Dai Sijie. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's experiences of being re-educated during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Students explore its themes, characters and historical context through collaborative discussions and participating in an online learning community.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Novel study, reading, social media and Chinese history
  • Prior knowledge: Essay Writing
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Exploring the world of Slope
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Students will utilize formulas, hands-on activities, and technology via computers, MS Excel and the internet to apply the concept of slope to real-world scenarios/problems.

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Slope, Rate of Change, Functions & Relations
  • Prior knowledge: Students must be able to read tables, plot graphs, understand linear relationships
  • Age range: 12-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Writing with Persuasive Tools
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The goal of this assignment is to empower students to effectively use three types of persuasive tools; emotional arguments, statistical arguments, and bandwagon arguments.  Students will be able to identify these types of persuasive tools in media and be able to apply these tools to their own persuasive writing, specifically in the creation of strong body paragraphs in a persuasive essay. 

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Writing
  • Prior knowledge: writing and literary toold
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The pH Factor
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Students will gain new understanding of acids and bases and implement this information when testing the pH level of various solutions used in the home.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: pH testing
  • Prior knowledge: Acids and Bases
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Degradation of the Natural Environment and Related Biodiversity
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  • Discipline: English, Social Science
  • Topic: 21st Century: Society and the environment
  • Prior knowledge: Understanding of text construction and meaning with sound knowledge of society and the environment.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Cell! Cell! Cell!
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The purpose of this LBD is to introduce students to the concept of cells and that each type of cell serves a specific purpose.  Students will examine the structure and function of cells and understand how they reproduce through mitosis.  Students will understand that the cell is the basic unit required for life and that some living things can consist of a single cell.  Furthermore students will touch on the basic understanding that what happens to you on a cellular level can effect your whole being.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: Parts and function of cells
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Food Glorious Food
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Description:

This course focuses on the basic components of food, the nutritional value of foods and how students can
select a balanced diet appropriate to their needs. Students will develop their food preparation skills using a
wide variety of equipment and gain a greater understanding of the food groups and nutrients, their importance
in a balanced diet and experiment with food preparation techniques using these foods. The problems associated
with poor food choices and how life cycle, health and lifestyle changes can create special food needs will also
be examined.

  • Discipline: Hospitality, cooking
  • Topic: Food and Nutrition
  • Prior knowledge: Basic structure of a recipe and kitchen safety.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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What Influences Identity?
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  • Discipline: English/ SOSE
  • Topic: Factors that influence our identity, Identifying individual traits taht influence our ebhaviour and work habits
  • Prior knowledge: PEC paragraphs, Concept maps
  • Age range: 8-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Professional Plan - Healthy Lifestyles
Professional Plan - Healthy Lifestyles
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Healthy Lifestyles

This unit is designed to encourage students to live healthy lifestyles, create awareness of this current social issue and develop their skills with multimodal literacies.

Please refer to Technology Note:

www.cglearner.com/shared/files/0000/2374/Appendix_Eight.pdf

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Argumentative Texts
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A Changing Matter
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This learning element focuses on exploring the concept of change in relation to natural and processed materials. In everyday life change is constantly occurring. Experiments are used to predict and investigate what causes change and how and why change occurs e.g. chocolate melts in the sun, water evaporates from puddles, pasta becomes soft in boiling water. 

Keeping a class science journal is an integral part of this learning element and assists in connecting science with literacy.

  • Discipline: Science, Technology and English
  • Topic: Investigating different forms of matter. Record and report in a scientific manner.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have had many learning experiences working in groups to investigate and solve problems. They are familiar with simple procedural text forms.
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Poetry VoiceThread
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Students will read and experience different types of poetry and then write and type poems themselves.  They will choose a poem to publish and then type the poem and create an accompanying picture, manipulate these on PowerPoint or a similar tool, and then publish their poetry on VoiceThread for an audience.

  • Discipline: Language Arts/Writing Workshop/Technology
  • Topic: Poetry and VoiceThread
  • Prior knowledge: The students will have done some prior poetry work and have some beginning typing skills.
  • Age range: 9-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Weaving a narrative into an information text in Wolves by Emily Gravett
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This learning element focuses on a multimodal text which combines a narrative text and an information text. Students read and respond to the text, drawing out similarities and differences, and analyse the visual and linguistic grammar of the text. Students then create their own multimodal texts.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: A literacy study for 9-12 year olds
  • Prior knowledge: Other stories, including traditional fairy tales; how to reference a text using the Harvard style.
  • Age range: 9-12
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Learning by Design Training
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Description:

This element introduces teachers to the theory and practice of the Learning by Design lesson planner.  With Learning by Design, teachers use new social media to create dynamic learning experiences for students (in the form of Learning Elements) while also professionally documenting their work in curriculum and instruction and making it sharable with other teachers and students. Sharing work with the greater teaching community is encouraged, but always optional.

  • Discipline: Education
  • Topic: Educational Technologies
  • Prior knowledge: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Common Ground Learning by Design Training
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Evaluating Persuasive Techniques in Advertising
Evaluating Persuasive Techniques in Advertising
Description:

The goal of this multimodal project is to investigate persuasive techniques and audience in commercial and print advertisements.  The students will apply their knowledge of persuasive techniques and audience to conduct a brand analysis, where they view and critically analyze several different advertisements for the same product, looking for trends in strategy and audience, and commenting on the effectiveness of the given ads.

After projects are completed, students will use their knowledge of the Readers Apprenticeship Readers' Response prompts to view and comment on their peers' projects, offering praise, questions, and tips for improvement.  Projects are posted online and commenting occurs through the commenting capabilities of Edmodo.

  • Discipline: Language Arts, Multimedia
  • Topic: Persuasive Communication Strategies, Collaborative Discussion, Group Work, Multimedia Literacy
  • Prior knowledge: Students have studies some persuasive techniques in the past, and have also written persuasive essay. s
  • Age range: 11-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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World War II
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World War II: 1939 - 1945.

  • Discipline: History
  • Topic: History of World War II
  • Prior knowledge: Political, economical circumstances of previous period
  • Age range: 15-18
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Money: bartering, trading and you
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You will develop a basic understanding of the value of money: what it can buy, how it is used to fulfill your needs and wants and whether a trade is fair or unfair.

The learning element reinforces the connection between a known text (Jack and the Beanstalk) and real life situations; weaving its way gradually through the topics of bartering, the concepts of fair, unfair, needs and wants.

The unit culminates in a market day where the students organise and run market stalls. Students' are given a directive to purchase items (needs and wants items) with money they have earnt in the class over the course of the unit.

  • Discipline: English, Maths
  • Topic: Financial literacy, literacy, numeracy and values; ethical behaviour
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Switched on!
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Students will be learning about energy, in particular electricity. They will explore how electricity is transfered, harnessed and transformed, the impact it has on daily life, and its role in the future.

  • Discipline: Science and English
  • Topic: Electricity
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Learning Patterns
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Learning Patterns
Description:
  • Discipline: Education
  • Topic: Learning Design
  • Prior knowledge: discipline expertise
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Understanding simple unit and group fractions
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This learning element aims to teach the concept of fractions as equal parts of an object with the specific aim of the student being able to transfer that conceptual understanding to fractions as equal parts of groups.

 

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: This learning element focuses on number and particularly fractions. It builds strong conceptual understanding of simple fractions as equal parts of a whole to support conceptualising fractions also as equal parts of a group.
  • Prior knowledge: Students will already know about making halves and perhaps quarters of every day objects; for example how to cut an apple in half or a cake into quarters.
  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Academic controversy and persuasive writing
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Through exploring animal rights using structured academic controversies students develop the ability to consider and analyse divergent views and opinions and to express them in persuasive texts.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Sustainable Environment
  • Prior knowledge: Pathos, logos, ethos
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Sustainability - Academic controversy and persuasive writing
Sustainability - Academic controversy and persuasive writing
Description:

Through exploring animal rights using structured academic controversies students develop the ability to consider and analyse divergent views and opinions and to express them in persuasive texts.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Animal testing and other controversies in society
  • Prior knowledge: Pathos, logos, ethos
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Cells to Systems
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Students investigate how the body has specialized cells which build tissue which make organs which run systems.  These systems work together to create an organism.  Students also examine the similarities and differences between systems in different organisms.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: Body Systems
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Representing, interpreting and analysing statistical data/Sabotaging Statistics
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This learning element has been designed to engage adolescents in a variety of activities that will enhance their knowledge of statistics and the effects they have on society.

Students will be engaged in activities through a variety of learning modes including use of ICT, interpreting a variety of data, analysing statistics using mathematical language, representing data in a variety of ways, and questioning and making summaries of statistical data.

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Statistics
  • Prior knowledge: No prior knowledge required
  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Schooling around the World
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By looking at education across the world students compare and contrast their own schooling with other cultures. They explore different viewpoints and how to express them in persuasive texts.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Persuasive Writing, reading strategies, and literacy
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 7-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Algebra 1
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Algebra 1 uses 'think of a number' activities as a context for representing structure in words, pictures and mathematical symbols

Boxes and dots are used to give a visual representation of the structure of a repeated arithmetic task

This is used to help students build their understanding of the basic conventions for using algebraic symbols

On the way students explore the concept of algebraic equivalence

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Algebra
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  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Wonder of Water
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Students learn about what water is, the different forms of water, how we use water and how we can save water. They create posters to persuade others to save water and focus on literacy through The Waterhole by Graeme Base.

  • Discipline: Science, English & Environmental Studies
  • Topic: Water & Sustainability
  • Prior knowledge: Students will have a wide variety of experiences with water both at home and at school.
  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Sustainability
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Students develop an understanding of water management on personal, school and community levels through auditing their use of water. They also gain knowledge about the impact of weather patterns on water conservation. Through science experiments students develop inquiry skills. The unit also encompasses development of expositions and information report genres.

  • Discipline: Science, English and Environmental Studies
  • Topic: Water, sustainability, weather patterns, natural disasters
  • Prior knowledge: Water cycle
  • Age range: 11-12
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Finances and Teenagers
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This unit builds on students existing knowledge of Government responsibilities, mobile phones, basic economics, banks and credit institutions, budgeting and taxation.

  • Discipline: Integrated English/SOSE
  • Topic: Financial Literacy
  • Prior knowledge: Mobile phone plans, bugeting, taxation
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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TEACHING REFRACTION AND SNELL'S LAW
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We (Constantina Stefanidou and Aristotelis Gkiolmas, physicists) wish to teach the Snell's Law concerning the Refraction of Light, in an-hour-section to the Students of the Third Class of the Greek Gymnasium. The school is The 3rd Public Gymnasium of Vyronas, Athens, GREECE.

  • Discipline: PHYSICS
  • Topic: OPTICS
  • Prior knowledge: GENERAL PROPERTIES OF LIGHT AND ITS PROPAGATION IN VARIOUS MEDIA
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Saving, spending and budgeting: Money in real life contexts
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Throughout the learning element students explore what money is and realise that it is more than just notes and coins.  Students understand that income is often limited and that individuals have to plan or budget to purchase things that they want and need. Using their understanding of money, students critique and assign value to artwork according to its quality and presentation. 

  • Discipline: Financial Literacy/Numeracy/Literacy/Visual Arts
  • Topic: Saving, spending and budgeting money
  • Prior knowledge: Identification of notes and coins
  • Age range: 8-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Migrant Experience
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This unit of work was developed for the the AGQTP History Project.  It uses ICTs to look at a period of Australian History which was influential in shaping our modern nation.   

 

  • Discipline: History
  • Topic: Post World War II Immigration
  • Prior knowledge: Overview of WW I, The Depression and WWII
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Behind the mask
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Students will learn about the elements of design.  Then they will learn about 3D Arts and ceramics techniques.  Students will learn about Asian theatre masks, how they are used and what they mean in Asian cultures. Students will apply their understanding and knowledge of elements of design and 3D arts and ceramics techniques to design make and appraise a mask that represents a part of themselves.

  • Discipline: Arts / Technology
  • Topic: 3D Art and Ceramics
  • Prior knowledge: 2D Art
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Women in WWII
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This learning element introduces students to facts about American women in World War II. Students will be introduced to new vocabulary and get informed about the history of WWII in the USA.

  • Discipline: TEFL - READING
  • Topic: WORLD WAR II
  • Prior knowledge: B2-C1 level reading skills, basic historical facts about WWII
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Puberty Blues
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The unit "Puberty Blues" develops an understanding of the physical, social and emotional changes that take place during puberty and beyond.  Students will be exposed to changes in thier family and cultural group, gebder stereotypes and reflect on thier personal views and worth.

  • Discipline: Health
  • Topic: Puberty
  • Prior knowledge: Similarities and difference between others, physcial changes since birth, major body parts and functions
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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