Story of a River

Story of a River

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  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Science
  • Environmental
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Lesson summary

Students investigate what happens when people’s activities result in water pollution. Pollution on land is simulated with the addition of easily obtained materials in a clear bowl of water. Students make links with retaining healthy waterways with preventing polluting substances from reaching them.

NOTE: This activity requires a considerable amount of preparation (see Preparation Instructions at the end of the Teacher Worksheet).

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand many substances can pollute rivers and other waterways.
  • understand that the things that we as individuals do can contribute to pollution if we dispose of things inappropriately.

Success criteria:

Students Can...

  • participate in a science demonstration
  • follow instructions
  • communicate their ideas with the class
  • work collaboratively.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1680)
  • Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)

Year 3 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 4 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating texts (ACELY1692)
  • Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)

Year 4 Science:

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062) 

Syllabus outcomesST2-11LWEN2-1A, EN2-4A, EN2-6B.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.9.

Resources required

  • This activity requires considerable preparation – please see the Preparation Instructions at the end of the Teacher Worksheet
  • You will also need a printed copy of the Student Worksheet to read to the students.

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Additional Info

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