Year 3 Science
Understanding how liquids and solids respond to change in temperature!
As my first teacher resource, I have created a Scoop.it collection focusing on a Year 3 science learning area that is directly related to the Australian Curriculum. This Scoop.it collection centres on building an understanding of chemical science and is specifically related to the changing state of solids and liquids when heat is added or removed. (curriculum reference # ACSSU046). This resource has been developed for students, with initial guidance by a teacher. This Scoop.it collection includes short descriptive videos, image diagrams, fact sheets, simple quizzes and links to a Pinterest page that has also been created outlining simple experiments that students may like to try at home.
|Name of teaching resource
Scoop.it collection for Year 3 science – The changing properties of matter
|Weblink (if web based)|
|Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)
This resource was developed for Year 3 students to use as a tool for Year 3 chemical science. The teacher would initially have to explain the resource with the students and the way in which they should engage with it.
|How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)
This resource has been developed for students to use as a learning support in understanding how solids and liquids can change by adding or removing heat. It could be used by students individually or in pairs, but would be most suited for individual viewing, as this allows students to work through the material at their own pace and in an order that suits the individual.
This resource has been developed using Scoop.it and includes a very particular collection of material to support the understanding of the concept of matter and its changing forms. There are several informative, animated youtube clips, factual posters; there is a link to a Pinterest page containing experiments students could try at home, and there is a basic quiz for students to test their foundation knowledge.
Teachers could also benefit from this resource by using it to support material they already have. In that case, an interactive whiteboard may be used to showcase the content or parts of it to the whole class, which could then lead to a class discussion on the material.
|Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?
This resource was developed for Year 3 chemical science and the understanding of science. It is specifically related to learning outcome ACSSU046 “A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat” (ACARA, 2016).
This resource also has the possibility of benefiting Year 5 chemical science and the understanding of science. It can be used to align with learning outcome ACSSU077 “Solids, liquids and gasses have different observable properties and behave in different ways” (ACARA, 2016).
The objective of this resource and its content is to give teachers a collection of digital material that can be used as a self-paced learning tool which will support students in achieving the learning outcomes as required by the topic.
|Identify the strengths of this teaching resource
One of the main strengths of this resource is that it can be utilised as a self-paced learning guide to support the specified learning outcome. Students can move through the material at a pace that is comfortable for them and in an order that is appealing to their interests. The option is there for students to re-visit any part of the content, enabling them to build a thorough understanding of the particular material included within it.
An internet connection and a phone, iPad or computer allows this resource to be accessed from anywhere, at any time, by anyone, meaning that it could be utilised in class or as a homework piece.
Students do not need a Scoop.it login to access this resource, so viewing the resource is simple.
This resource includes a range of material that suit various learning preferences. Having a variety of media increases the likelihood of students engaging in the content and developing a deeper understanding.
Scoop.it allows students to interact with the material by giving it a ‘thumbs up’ which builds content engagement.
From a curator’s perspective, another benefit is the ease in which content can be re-scooped from another Scoop.it collection. There is also the ability to add comments to the scoops, allowing for curators insight and the customisation tools, permit some control over the way the collection presents.
This resource can be used across more than one grade level. It was created for Year 3 students, but a lot of it would also be suitable for the Year 5 chemical science topic as well.
|Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource
Those viewing Scoop.it for the first time may find it a little overwhelming, as it can seem somewhat like a busy collection of articles until you begin to make sense of the format, and is why a teacher’s guidance is suggested for initial viewing.
As this is a resource intended for use by students, the possibility exists that students could be misdirected to content that is not on topic, either via the search box or by following a Scoop.it link that is redirected to an external website. This would be quite difficult to manage and keep control of in a classroom situation if all students have individual access to this online resource.
Scoop.it is a digital cloud-based platform and therefore requires an internet connection, and access to a computer, iPad or phone.
I have suggested that this resource could be used for both Year 3 and Year 5, there are some scoops, however, such as the worksheet that would be too simple for a Year 5 student.
As with most free online platforms, the range of abilities is limited unless the product is upgraded to a more premium product, for which a fee needs to be paid. Some of the downsides with Scoop.it relating to this are; the collator only can scoop a maximum of 10 scoops per day and can only have one topic page, which is very limiting.
|Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource
It is very easy to add, remove and alter content on a Scoop.it collection, so I could continue to build this resource with new links and material as I came across it.
If I was to upgrade to a more premium edition of Scoop.it, I could create additional topic pages, allowing this resources to grow even further. I could potentially create a bank of teaching aids to be used as support materials for a broad range of topics and lessons.
ACARA. (2016). Content for year 3 – learning area content descriptions. Retrieved from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Content_for_Year_3_-_Learning_area_content_descriptions.pdf