This science unit explores dinosaurs and other prehisteroc animals, like giant insects, armoured fish and huge amphibians. By comparing the fossilised remains of dinosaurs to those of living animals, palaeontologists can make claims about how dinosaurs moved, what they ate and even how they behaved. Through hands-on activities students explore the external features of modern animals and compare them with the skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Students learn about the protective features of dinosaurs and use those ideas to design and make themselves a dinosaur shield.
Grades 1 & 2
Our world is teeming with animal life and this science unit helps us explore how we as humans share our wonderful planet with many other animals. Even the most unexpected places can host a diverse range of creatures. Taking the time to really look at another species can show the similarities and differences among living beings. By observing the features and behaviour of small animals, students glimpse the diversity of animal life. Through investigations, students learn how animals move, feed and protect themselves.
Grades 3 & 4
What causes night and day? Studying the relationships between the Sun, Earth and Moon helps us understand how we experience day and night on Earth. It also helps us understand directions in terms of North, South, East and West, how time is based on the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky and how time can be determined using a sundial. Students will explore the sizes, shapes, positions and movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon. They investigate how shadows change throughout the day and link these changes to the Sun’s movement across the sky. Through investigations, they explain night and day in terms of the Earth spinning on its axis.
Grades 5 & 6
What makes things change and what affects how fast they change? Our science unit this term explores why some things burn more fiercely, rust more quickly or smell more strongly? The whole world is made up of particles that are constantly moving and reacting with one another in fascinating ways. Students will become detectives who identify and explain physical and chemical changes in everyday materials.