Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Endangered animals

About this Illustration of Practice

The challenge-based learning activity is a series of five sequenced lesson plans. Within each lesson, there are sections that demonstrate a range of teaching strategies. The learning sequence is intended to allow graduate teachers to guide year 5 and 6 students through a problem solving process that allows them to investigate the extinction of species and propose a plan to preserve an endangered animal.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Include a range of teaching strategies.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.1
Establish challenging learning goals
Career stage
Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
  1. What would you expect to see in a classroom that was committed to student-centred learning?
  2. In what ways can a teacher improve their repertoire of teaching strategies?
Williamstown Primary School
Year level
Year 5
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Within a series of lessons, the graduate teacher is able to select and use a variety of teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking. Teaching and learning incorporates small-group activities, interactive games, the use of graphic organizers and web-based searches. These lead to the creation by students of a multimodal artefact. The graduate teacher is able to assist students to develop a plan to preserve an endangered animal as the culminating activity of the lesson sequence.
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Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)

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