Marvellous micro-organisms - PrimaryConnections

Marvellous micro-organisms - PrimaryConnections
Publication Date: September, 2012
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

This online investigates the relationship between micro-organisms and food and medicine.

Students carry out investigations to understand how yeast assists in bread growth and also explore the conditions that are conducive to the growth of mould on bread.

Students also explore how the discovery of the microscope assisted in the scientific understanding of micro-organisms and how this contributed to the development of medicines such as penicillin.

Additional Information

This resource provides opportunities to make judgments based on the following Achievement Standard:

By the end of Year 6, students compare and classify different types of observable changes to materials. They analyse requirements for the transfer of electricity and describe how energy can be transformed from one form to another to generate electricity. They explain how natural events cause rapid change to the Earth’s surface. They describe and predict the effect of environmental changes on individual living things. Students explain how scientific knowledge is used in decision-making and identify contributions to the development of science by people from a range of cultures.

Students follow procedures to develop investigable questions and design investigations into simple cause-and-effect relationships. They identify variables to be changed and measured and describe potential safety risks when planning methods. They collect, organise and interpret their data, identifying where improvements to their methods or research could improve the data. They describe and analyse relationships in data using graphic representations and construct multi-modal texts to communicate ideas, methods and findings.

This unit provides opportunities for students to engage with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples' perspectives. They engage in activities that have them exploring the traditional cooking of bread including the use of waterlily seeds to make damper.

PrimaryConnections is a program developed by the Australian Academy of Science.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 6 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical... > ACSSU094