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Investigating eggs in stories and science


Photo, looking down, of four pale blue eggs in a deep, grey-coloured nest of swirled leaves and twigs, suspended amid green leaves

Above: Indigo bunting nest with eggs, photo by Richard Bonnet CC-BY-2.0

About this unit:

This unit develops the theme of eggs through both English and science. The students will observe chickens hatching and explore the life cycles of various egg-laying creatures. More

Duration and sequence pathways:

This unit of work is designed around 12 learning sequences, which vary in duration. The two curriculum area topics are designed to run concurrently. More information

Resources used:

See a list of resources used in each sequence, plus additional teaching resources.

Unit writer:

Jan Finlayson

Australian Curriculum: English Year 2

Sequence 1: Hatching chickens

Sequence 2: Life cycle of a chicken

Sequence 3: Explaining the life cycle of a chicken: Joint construction

Sequence 4: Construction of a life cycle of another creature

Sequence 5: Looking at information reports

Sequence 6: Language features of an information report

Sequence 7: Writing an information report

Sequence 8: Literature study: Guji-Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen

Sequence 9: The structure of narrative texts and information reports

Sequence 10: Language features of narrative texts and information texts

Sequence 11: Visual literacy

Sequence 12: Comprehension and connection

Australian Curriculum: English Year 2

How Cross-curriculum priorities relate to this unit

The Cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability is considered in the science Sequences 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7, which look at the cyclical, ongoing nature of life. The Cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia is addressed in Sequence 11, where students research the author Chih-Yuan Chen and Taiwan.

Australian Curriculum: English Year 2

How General Capabilities relate to this unit

This unit has a strong focus on Literacy, since much of the focus is on the structure and language features of the target genres of information report and narrative. In Sequence 2 the Numeracy capability is considered when students look at the passing of time. Critical and Creative Thinking is important in Sequences 10 and 11, where students are reading beyond the words and exploring how images enhance our understanding of written texts.

There are opportunities to develop Personal and Social Capability throughout the unit of work, as students work together in teams of two or three and present and share their learning with others. They are also expected to reflect on their learning and their team work in Sequences 3, 4 and 7.

Students can use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in their research and in their presentations. There are opportunities throughout the unit for students to present their work digitally. Ethical Understanding is addressed when students and teacher consider the appropriateness of hatching eggs in the classroom, and the care of the eggs and chicks if this occurs.

Curriculum summary for this unit:

Find Summary tables for the Australian Curriculum: English with the three strands of Literature, Literacy and Language, with links to elaborations in sequence content, also to the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Rich assessment tasks:

There are two assessment tasks for this unit. Assessment task 1 is an information report on an egg-laying animal and Assessment task 2 is a character profile of a character from Guji-Guji.