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Year 2 Science

The Life Cycle of a Plant – Exploring Germination and Growth!

As my second teacher resource, I have created a Pinterest page focusing on a Year 2 science learning area that is directly related to the Australian Curriculum.  This Pinterest page centres on building an understanding of biological science and is specifically related to the lifecycle of a plant and the stages of growth from germination through to maturation.  (curriculum reference # ACSSU030).  This resource has been developed for the teacher and includes classroom pictorial material, short videos, experiments, craft activities and creative ideas.

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Evaluation Matrix

 

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest collection for Year 2 Science – The life cycle of a plant- Exploring germination and growth

Weblink (if web based)

https://au.pinterest.com/jodieannlee/from-seed-to-plant/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

This resource was initially developed for a teacher to use for Year 2 biological science, but it could also be used as a reference for biological science in Year 3 and Year 4.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

This resource was developed for the teacher as a tool and reference to aid in developing students understanding of the life cycle of a plant, including plant growth. A careful collection of pictorial resources, short videos, quizzes, experiments, and activities have been collated for teachers to access with ease and use as a resource when covering this topic.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

This resource was initially developed for Year 2 biological science and the understanding of science. It is specifically related to learning outcome ACSSU030 “Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves” (ACARA, 2016).

Although not developed for Year 3, this resource could also be used for Year 3 biological science and the understanding of science. It can be used to align with learning outcome ACSSU044 “Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things” (ACARA, 2016).

Year 4 biological science and the understanding of science could also benefit from this resource as it aligns with the learning outcome ACSSU072 “Living things have life cycles” (ACARA, 2016).  Although this Pinterest resource was developed with a younger student in mind, there are still many suitable references available within it that are appropriate for Year 4 students, especially some of the videos and pictorial references.

The objective of this resource and its content is to give teachers a variety of useful tools that can be used when covering the learning outcomes as outlined above.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

I believe the strengths of this resource lie in its accessibility. An internet connection and a phone, iPad or computer allows this resource to be accessed from anywhere at any time by anyone.

This resource provides a variety of learning materials that target various preferred learning styles.  If the teacher implements a cross section of the content in the resource, the students will have the chance to process the information based on their preferred learning style.

The pinboard shows a snapshot of the content and the pins have been put into order to make accessing certain types of material simple. Direct links to the original files, images, and videos require only a mouse click, upon which more detailed information can then be sourced. This can be particularly useful when wanting more information on implementing one of the experiments for example.

Being that this resource was developed on Pinterest, the board can be easily added to as new content becomes available or is found. This builds the bank of resources available for use by teachers or any Pinterest account holder that begin following the board.

Pinterest also allows additional pinners to be granted rights to pin content to the main board, making it useful for fellow teachers to also add content rich material.

The other strength of this resource is that it can be used across several grades. It was initially designed for Year 2 students, but as you can see, it supports both Year 3 and Year 4 science too.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

Being that Pinterest is an online application, an internet connection, and access to either a computer, iPad or phone would be required to access the resource board and a teacher would have to have a Pinterest account to engage successfully with the content within this resource.

The sequence of pins on the board cannot be adjusted, so if additional pins were to be added, they would appear in the order in which they were pinned. This can result in the board seeming quite cluttered and disorganised as there is no way of re-arranging pins into a systematic order.

Although this resource can be used across three grades, it was initially developed with a focus on Year 2, so some of the resources will be somewhat immature for Year 3 and 4, especially the digital book and some of the classroom activities.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

If I wanted to take this resource further, I could develop a new Pinterest profile and have separate pinboards for each learning outcome or topic. Every time I came across something that was of interest and topic related, I could pin it to one of the boards. This would result in me having a very in-depth collection of resources available on one platform for varying units of work.

References

ACARA. (2016). Content for year 2 – learning area content descriptions. Retrieved from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Content_for_Year_2_-_Learning_area_content_descriptions.pdf

 

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