Natural Disasters Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Natural Disasters Unit Plan

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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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To identify the characteristics of the earth's internal layers.
  • To explore tectonic plates and the effects their movements have on the surface of the earth.
  • To investigate the causes and effects of geological natural disasters.
  • To investigate how building techniques can reduce the impact of earthquakes.
  • To investigate the causes and effects of meteorological and other natural disasters.
  • To investigate how town planning can reduce the impact of flooding.
  • To identify the effects of natural disasters and explore how these may be managed.
  • To identify appropriate safety procedures for natural disaster events.
  • To deepen understanding of natural disasters through inquiry-based research.

This Science 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 3 and Year 4 or the Writing Informative Texts Unit – Year 5 and Year 6 (depending on student ability). This will equip the students with the necessary skills to successfully complete this unit’s assessment task.

Prior to beginning the unit, create a natural disasters display in your classroom. Display word wall vocabulary and posters 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.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

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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60 minutes
Lesson 2

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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60 minutes
Lesson 3

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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60 minutes
Lesson 4

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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60 minutes
Lesson 5

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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60 minutes
Lesson 6

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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60 minutes
Lesson 7

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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60 minutes
Lesson 8

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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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Natural Disasters Inquiry Task - Introduction

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Natural Disasters Inquiry Task - Researching

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 11

Natural Disasters Inquiry Task - Presenting

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

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