Goanna ate my homework: YEAR 1-HASS-Evaluate
Little J shares his bird feather collection with B-Boy. In school, Little J promises to find bush tucker to share with the class. The problem is that he doesn’t know how to find bush tucker. He enrols the help of Big Cuz and Nanna to teach him ‘proper way’ to identify and track animals. The group finds emu eggs but overnight a greedy goanna eats them. Nanna comes to the rescue by making spaghetti bolognaise for the class.
Evaluate - Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant
Theme - TRACKING
Evaluate what students have learnt (know and can do) from the activities in relation to the geography curriculum using Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 1 ‘Goanna ate my homework’ as stimulus for the learning. Assess the success of the module through reflecting on:
- What are some ways that Australian animals can show us where they have been and what they have been doing in a place?
- Why is it important to be able to see and understand the movements of animals in a place? Why is tracking a useful skill?
- Who are some of the people who can teach us about how to read the land and understand it?
Design and create a game
The game is like a treasure hunt, snakes and ladders, or card match game, where the students follow compass directions, solve clues, and find hidden treasure. The game can be conducted for indoors (virtual or physical) or outdoors, but should involve some tracking skills and animal footprints.
- Tools for Educators – Board game maker
- English for the Australian Curriculum – Reading the landscape
- Scootle – Pirate treasure hunt interactive game: five challenges 1 (Scootle-TLF-IDL8305)
Student evaluation tools
Students could self-evaluate their learning using a ‘monitoring’ journal (physical or digital) where the teacher lists the key understandings and concepts students needed to acquire through the module.
- Where applicable, construct a self-evaluation as a poll, rating the students’ responses using:
- Use Early Years writing using rubrics to provide feedback to students. Explain this evaluation to parents during your parent/teacher interviews.
Students can use a learning worm to evaluate their work, adapted from link below:
Teacher reflection tools
Reflect on your teaching of the module. What worked well? What needs more work? What would you add, change or omit in future? Ask students to rate your efforts and recommend areas for improvement. You may want to refer to broader resources for reflection or for gaining feedback, for example: