Natural Disasters Unit Plan
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Natural Disasters Unit Plan


11 x Lessons


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.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

The Layers of the Earth

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the characteristics of the earth's internal layers.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Plate Tectonics

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore tectonic plates and the effects their movements have on the surface of the earth.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Geological Natural Disasters

A 60 minute lesson in which the students will investigate the causes and effects of geological natural disasters.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Shake, Rattle and Fall Experiment

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how building techniques can reduce the impact of earthquakes.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Meteorological and Other Natural Disasters

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the causes and effects of meteorological and other natural disasters.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Flood Simulation Experiment

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how town planning can reduce the impact of flooding.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Natural Disaster Effects and Management

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the effects of natural disasters and explore how these may be managed.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Natural Disasters Safety Poster Task

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify appropriate safety procedures for natural disaster events.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Natural Disasters Inquiry Task - Introduction

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of natural disasters through inquiry-based research.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Natural Disasters Inquiry Task - Researching

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of natural disasters through inquiry-based research.

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Lesson 11 60 minutes

Natural Disasters Inquiry Task - Presenting

A 60 minute lesson designed to deepen understanding of natural disasters through inquiry-based research.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Science > Year 6 > Science Understanding > Earth and space sciences > ACSSU096
Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface

Science > Year 6 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > ACSHE220
Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions

Science > Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > ACSIS110
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts

Science > Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS221
Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations

Science > Year 6 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > ACSHE100
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives

Science > Year 6 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > ACSHE098
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena

Science > Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS104
Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate