Lesson Plan: Yr 5-6 Unit of Inquiry: A community in nature STICKS together

In this unit, students explore their outdoor classroom and natural environments with an opportunity for an integrated STEM approach to teaching and learning.

They will apply mathematical understandings, scientific skills and a process of design and engineering to research and create a design solution (a stick cubby or small scaled stick structure) and to evaluate and review their product. Their design solution will be a structure made of sticks and natural materials. This could be a cubby large enough for a group to sit in, or it could be a smaller structure made to scale. They will incorporate an element of sustainable living into their shelter; water collection, solar energy, harnessing wind energy and insulating properties as well as developing appreciation and understanding of the social construct of community and the way a community is shaped by a greater collective.

Year Level: 5, 6

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