School Curriculum & Standards Authority (SCSA)
Discover Minibeast Life Cycles
The world of Minibeasts is a fascinating place. Did you know that Minibeasts (invertebrates) make up over 97% of all living creatures here on earth? and that their odd appearance is key to their survival? For example the Australian Desert spider . termite queens can live up to fifty years and only 2 hours
This website has been created for a university assignment (EDN113), where the prerequisite was to create a web page of interest to teachers to gain ideas, inspiration to teach a series of ten lessons that combine a new component of technology. I choose grade four, Science, Biological Sciences cross curricular English and Technologies. I drew my inspiration from watching other teachers during my teacher training (practicums). This enabled me to see first hand how fun and vibrant teachers can light up the classroom and engage learners with their innovative approaches to teaching the curriculum content.
All of the learning activities are linked to the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). My aim of creating this website is to make everything easily accessible. Teachers are time poor. So with this in mind, all of the resources that you need are in one place. I am hoping by making it easily to follow and providing all of the additional resources and ideas, more teachers become inspired to create fun and innovated, hands on approaches to the curriculum that combine technology!
THE PROJECT (topic/concepts)
Chances are there's at least one Minibeast that appeals to each of your students. This could be beetles, snails, scorpions, spiders, butterflies or dragonflies (just to name a few) the opportunities are endless. The Minibeast theme is engaging, thus it promotes students to become engaged and motivated to learn.
In grade four the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA, 2014) stipulates that 'students broaden their understanding that living things form part of systems' (Biological Sciences)
For assignment purposes this project is written with grade four children in mind (approximately nine or ten years of age). Please note, that in the interest of making the project more versatile I have included an extra section, FAQ (use the above task bar to narigate to the page) which provides additional curriculum information for other year levels for easy adaption. Relating elaborations (PP-Year 5) have been identified, covering the required curriculum standards for each year level.
BRIEF STUDENT TASK OVERVIEW
This project requires the students to be actively involved in 'hands on learning' or 'making'. In small collaborative groups the students will create a short Digital Story(one-two minute) on the Life Cycle of a Minibeast using online video creating tool Adobe Spark. Minibeasts include arthropods and insects.
Image by Ronny Overhate from Pixabay
How do I get started? ...... Watch the short clip below......
By Sandra Browne
Minibeasts & their Life Cycles
Enjoy exploring the wonderful world of Minibeasts!
Remember if you have any questions, you can contact me through the task menu above using the CONTACT ME tab or through the link on the About Me page.