Year 8 Resources

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Curriculum context

Level: Year 8

Curriculum areas: English, Science, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, ICT capability, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding

Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability
 

The gift of life

This learning sequence introduces students to a range of issues relating to organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The learning activities are aligned to the Australian Curriculum in the areas of English and Science; they are also relevant to the learning areas of Civics and Citizenship and Health and Physical Education. Students explore sensitive issues through short films and personal stories; engaging and challenging texts for the English classroom. A personal story also serves as the catalyst for the Science activity where students investigate organs of the body through an online interactive and personal research. The materials used to support the learning activities are mainly developed by the Organ and Tissue Authority.

Download the Year 8 Learning Package (1.99 MB PDF)

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Donating for life: the science of organ and tissue donation

Curriculum context

Level: Year 8 and Year 9

Curriculum areas: Science

General capabilities: Personal and social competence, Ethical understanding, Critical and creative thinking

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) was funded through the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Community Awareness Grants Program to develop a classroom resource pack “Donating for life: the science of organ and tissue donation” for Year 8 and Year 9 science teachers to enable and encourage them to incorporate discussions on organ and tissue donation into their science lessons.

This classroom resource pack introduces students to a range of issues relating to organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The learning activities are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science; they are also relevant to the General Capabilities, including the Personal and social competence, the Ethical understanding and the Critical and creative thinking Learning Continuums. Students explore sensitive issues through short films, personal stories and factual texts; engaging and challenging material for the classroom.

These resources complement the existing DonateLife school education resources that cross several subject areas and are aligned with the Australian curriculum.

RiAus also hosted a free teacher professional learning event on organ and tissue donation to guide teachers through the science of cells, tissue and organ systems and introduce ethical discussions on organ donation into the classroom. The recording of this event will soon be available online.

Download the science classroom resource pack for both Year 8 and Year 9 (810 KB)

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