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Unit Topic: At The Farm

Length of Unit: 4
Year Level:
Weeks (1- 2 lessons Year 1
per week)
CONTEXT
School: Ballingway State School is a regional metropolitan school
providing children with a wholesome education. The students are
majority middle class.
Students: This is a year 1 class. There are 14 boys and 10 girls. 2
students identify as Indigenous and one child has a hearing impairment.
Teacher: Mr Peters is a middle aged teacher. He works with a teacheraide two days a week Miss Jensen.
DESCRIPTORS
Technologies: Explore how plants and animals are grown for food,
clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy
eating (ACTDEK003).
Technologies: Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and
components that are used to produce designed solutions (ACTDEK004).
OUTLINE/OBJECTIVES
At The Farm is a mini unit plan that combines an arrangement of
engaging activities and factual information about plants and animals.
Specifically, the purpose of farm animals is explored including the use
for food and clothing. This unit is aimed at a year 1 class and would be
scaffolded for these students.
At the end of this unit students will:
- Recognise individual farm animals
- Understand the purpose of individual farm animals
- Recognise where food comes from
- Explain the process of looking after such animals and plants
- Explore the uses of wool as a material including the properties
- Understand what a farm consists of and how to create one
ASSESSMENT
Students will be given a fill in the blanks farm sheet with a number of
cut out pictures. Students need to put the correct pictures in the correct
chart EG: COW MILK STEAK. This is an interactive assessment piece
that uses Velcro to stick the pictures to the chart.
Teaching Sequence
Resources
Differentiation
What will the
What will
students
the
learn?
teacher
do/
activities?
We
ek

What
animals
belong on a
farm?

Play Old
McDonald Had
a Farm and
identify farm

Old McDonald had a


farm song audio only
Whiteboard

Play music very


loudly for all
student to be able
to clearly hear it,

How to
create a
farm
understandi
ng what
animals
belong and
what they
do. Watch
videos
about the
different
animals,
play
interactive
games with
them and
then create
a farm
based on
this
learning.
The purpose
of animals
on a farm
why are
there so
many, what
do they do?

We
ek
2

Explore how
animals are
used on the
farm for
food in
depth.

animals. What
sounds do
they make,
what is their
purpose? Mind
map activity
to explore the
different kinds
of animals.
KWL chart of
what we know
about farms
and animals
on the farm.
Create your
own farm
using the
Sheppard
Software. Help
direct them
through the
activities.

Books
Pencils

may need to repeat


the song.
Be explicit with
questioning and
directions
We Do session to
provide examples
and clearly teach
students

Sheppard Software
http://www.sheppard
software.com/preschool
/animals/farm/animal
farmgame.htm

Give students
headphones if they
need them
Explicitly direct
some students
through the stepby-step activities
Allow students to
work in pairs

Enviro-story http://www.enviros
tories.com.au/es2012/
es2012_BRG_WhatHave
Farms/index.html
Ask students
about the
purpose of
farm animals,
talk about
their answers
and explain
that they will
now read a
story about it.
Read out the
enviro-story
Watch videos
about the use
of animals on
the farm
step by step
understanding
of what each
animal does
and is used
for.
Pause video
and take notes

Interactive whiteboard

Students showcase
their thinking
verbally and can
use mini
whiteboards also.
Students then
expand their
thinking through
exploration of the
envirostory. This
story gives an audio
and visual tale of
farm animals.

Where does food come


from? Facts Mocomi
Kids
https://www.youtube.co
m
/watch?v=gXJSI6n8oz8

We Do Activity
Shared
responsibility
Audio/Visual/Written
activity

Animals and
their uses.

We
ek
3

We
ek
4

about each
animal ask
students
about what
you could
write for the
notes
Instruct
students to
design animal
posters about
each animal
and what they
do/what they
are used for

Teacher chooses the


groups
Big coloured card
Animal pictures
Markers
Websites for research
Cut out pictures

Explicitly give
instructions on how
to complete this
activity
Show example

Explore the
use of
animals for
clothing and
other
purposes
particularly
wool

Watch video
about wool
and its
purpose. Talk
about the uses
and relate it to
real life
events.

Childrens DVD Bee


Bright on the farm:
Sheep shearing amazing
animals

Explore
plants
grown on a
farm art
activity to
make our
own garden

Discuss the
different types
of plants
grown on
farms, look at
the table
about plants
of the farm
and what
foods they are
used for.
Make your
own garden.

Table of plants and their


food usages

Make learning
interactive.

Art supplies to make


vegetables, fruit and
other plants. Cut outs
already provided.

Help out students


who need an extra
hand.

Learn the
jobs of the
farm and
what job is
associated
with what
animal.

Watch the
farmers life
for me video
to show all the
jobs a farmer
has to do
every day.
Design a daily
job chart.

Video:
https://www.youtube.co
m
/watch?v=Sr1sQ7kGYlY

Work together

ASSESSMENT:
Students are
given a blank
farm chart
with missing
information.
Students are
also given the
pictures that

Farmers Missing Chart


with missing pictures
cut out.

Fill in the
blanks.

https://youtu.be/TtP63IO
hg1Y

By relating it to real
life students can
truly understand
the use of wool and
why it is so
important.
Audio and visual
learning

Visual and Active


lesson
Ask extended
questions about the
job chart for
students that are
above.
Interactive
assessment.

are missing.
They need to
sort the
pictures into
the right chart
to match eg:
COW-STEAKMILK