Growing well

We need them, but do they need us? Delve into the life of plants, look closely at what they need to survive, and how that compares to the needs of animals.

Growing well addresses AC Science Understanding ACSSU002 Living things have basic needs, including food and water, through the context of growing plants.

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Growing well provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • investigate the basic needs for survival of common flowering plants
  • explore what happens to plants when their needs are not met
  • observe leaves, stems, and roots of plants
  • explore how plants use water

Students apply their new learning by:

  • conducting a survey and collecting evidence to compare plant needs to animals needs

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development.

In Growing well, students represent and explain their understanding about the basic needs of living things, by creating these representations:

  • Annotated drawing
  • Drawing
  • Graph
  • Data table
  • Word wall

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Growing Well sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Growing Well unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

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