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Out of this World - Level 4 Sample Unit


The Victorian Essential Learning Standards supports a combination of assessment practices:

Further information on these can be found at: Assessment and Reporting.

When assessing student achievement, assessment criteria can be developed from relevant standards and associated tasks or activities. The table below shows a range of assessment criteria, tools and strategies applicable to this unit. Teachers could choose to use some or all of these or use the unit to assess other standards.


Assessment criteria (Examples)


Interpersonal Development

Working in teams

Ability to:

  • take on different roles and responsibilities within a group
  • contribute ideas to class and group discussion

Teacher observations and records of student contributions to class discussion and working in different roles in teams

Personal learning

Managing personal learning

  • identify and reflect on personal learning preferences

Journals for reflecting on different roles undertaken in group work


Science knowledge and understanding

  • work on set tasks with a time frame
  • research scientific information
  • report on research in a clear and sequential way

Research on solar system for a fact sheet, brochure and presentation

Teacher observations and records on processes used in research
(Activity 2)


Listening, viewing and responding

  • ask questions in order to clarify information

Teacher observations and records on skills and processes (Activities 4 and 5)



  • use ICT to design a personalised brochure
  • present ideas sequentially and logically

Published brochure for elements used to persuade (language, content, graphics) (Activity 4)

Multimedia presentation (Activities 4 and 6)

Design, Creativity and Technology

Investigating and designing

  • generate ideas that contribute to a design brief

Teacher observation and records of design brief (Activity 3)

Design, Creativity and Technology

Analysing and evaluating

  • modify ideas in response to peer feedback

Reflective journals (Activity 2)

Information and Communications Technology

ICT for communicating

  • use relevant images to enhance multimedia presentation
  • develop an effective layout of information for the intended audience for the multimedia presentation
  • accurately proof read and format text

Selection of software, use of graphics and layout (Activity 4)

Thinking Processes

Reasoning, processing and inquiry

  • develop their own questions for investigation
  • check information for accuracy
  • distinguish between fact and opinion

Teacher observations and records on research processes and discussion within groups (Activities 1, 2 and 3)

See the Assessment resource for advice on developing rubrics.

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