SRSP 7-11 Unit 9 Are you an Alien?

 

This unit explores the relationship between environmental ethics and science and religion issues. It considers some possible future consequences of human space exploration into other life-forms and their environments. It explores our reasons for doing investigative science using living things, and compares ideas in Buddhism with living-systems theory.

The unit raises many ethical questions and pupils are encouraged to consider and develop their own ethical values and empathic responses to differing ideas and viewpoints.

This unit consists of four lessons and is suitable for pupils aged from 8-11 years.

 

Key Questions

  • Brave new worlds?
  • Are we explorers or terraformers?
  • How do we help plants grow well?
  • Are we all connected?

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Unit Resources

Unit Proforma and links to RE and science curricula (Word)

Unit Proforma and links to RE and science curricula (PDF)

 

Lesson 1

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 1: The baby is alive (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 2: Dawn’s plea (Word)

 

Lesson 2

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 1: Two scenarios (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 2: Extracts (Word)

I, Mountain Audio Click to listen, if you’d like to download this audio, right click on the link and select “Save link as”

Chief Seattles message Audio Click to listen, if you’d like to download this audio, right click on the link and select “Save link as”

Pupil Work Sheet 1: Characters and Values (Word)

Teacher Resource Sheet 1: Points of view (Word)

 

Lesson 3

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 1: Four plants experiment (Word)

Teacher Resource Sheet 1: Experimental ethics (Word)

 

Lesson 4

Lesson Plan (Word)

Pupil Resource Sheet 1: The life of the Buddha (Word)

The life of the Buddha Audio Click to listen, if you would like to download this audio, right click on the link and select “Save link as”

Pupil Resource Sheet 2: The web of life (Word)

Teacher Resource Sheet 1: The wounded swan (Word)

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