Examples of Learning Units for IBSE in primary school
Food - Where does bread come from? Some ears of wheat brought to school by one of the children led to the experimental discovery by pupils of all the steps needed to make bread, from the germinating of the wheat grains up t the final baking of the dough.
Composing Colours from Matter or Light This six-sequence module aims primarily at teaching the children that colours are the result of an overlapping of other colours and that they can be broken down into separate components, whether coloured matter or coloured light. The six-session progression helps show the differences between the properties, which lie in colour, light and matter. Study focuses on the primary colours used for markers (combination of matter) and television (combination of lights).
Raising Stick Insects: Locomotion, Feeding, Life Cycle A stick insect colony was set up in the classroom so that the students could study their way of life (locomotion, feeding, growth and reproduction).
Making Grape Juice In wine-growing regions, this sequence can come after a tour of a vine yard during the grape-picking season, where the students will have seen a profes sional wine-pressing machine. In other regions, the sequence can build on reflec≠tions about the origin of consumer food prod ucts: pota toes, milk, pasta, juices, etc. The sequence suggested is to be carried out in six sessions of varying dura tion. Session 4b involves several different steps. It can be broken up over time (intro duc tion to tech nical guides, drawing phase, selec tion phase, coding phase).
Sink or Float This seven-sequence module offers the opportunity to study the floatability conditions for various objects. The students will learn that it is not a matter of mass, but rather volume. The effect of spring water on the object is broached thereafter, then compared to that of saltwater.
The weather - Meteorology This module containing 5 sequences aims at setting up a weather station to record temperature, rainfall and wind measurements. These three topics are approached in succession and measuring "apparatus" is built for each step.
Exploration of microworld (lower secondary - ages 11-12) Author: University of Trnava, Slovakia This module offers IBSE activities about exploring the microworld. Three topics are presented. Microorganisms are explored through their metabolic activities (decay of paper, production of CO2 by rising dough, fermentation), nutrients and conditions needed for their vital activities are also determined. Work with variables is tested in activities preventing microorganisms from growing (conservation of food). Students compare methods used to measure the amount of CO2 produced.