This Science unit addresses the concepts of plate tectonics and natural disasters.
It consists of 11 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
An inquiry-based research task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.
Preparing for Learning
unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration with Literacy
. Teachers may wish teach to this unit concurrently with the Writing Informative Texts Unit – Year 5 and Year 6.
equip the students with the necessary skills to successfully complete this unit’s assessment task.
Prior to commencing the unit, create a natural disasters display in your classroom. Display word wall vocabulary
that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Natural Disasters collection
on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.