Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students will investigate the natural cycles of the Earth. They will take an in-depth look at one of the natural cycles and explore if humans are influencing it. Students communicate their findings back to the class.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand how the Earth has changed, how it continues to change, and the causes of some of the changes.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 10 Science

  • Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-9WS, SC5-12ES.

Topic: The Earth Wins
 
Time required: 60 mins
 
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and guide discussions.
 
Resources required: Access to student worksheet.
 
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
 
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework.
 
Keywords: Earth, changes, development, population, humans, cycles, carbon.

 

This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.

Would you like to bring your class to see The Earth Wins? It’s now available ‘on-demand’ to teachers across Australia. To register your interest, simply email [email protected], mention how many students you’re likely to bring and your ideal date/time for a screening. We’ll look into bringing The Earth Wins to a cinema close to you… wherever you may be in Australia.

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students explore the natural cycles of the Earth. They build an understanding of how the cycles work and the impacts humans are having on the global system. 

Teacher content information: 

This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins. 

Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by explaining to the students that our planet is constantly changing. Our earth's systems are regulated and balanced by natural cycles. These cycles rely on interactions involving the biosphere. The biosphere is made up of the lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water) and atmosphere (gases). 

These cycles include:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Atmosphere
  • Ocean
  • Carbon
  • Nitrogen
  • Rock

In small groups students will investigate one of the natural cycles on Earth. They will produce a clear graphic representation of a cycle making sure all important information is

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What does the term 'cycle' mean?

Another name for our Earth is the biosphere. The biosphere is made up of the lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water) and atmosphere (gases). Our earths systems are regulated and balanced by natural cycles. 

These cycles include:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Atmosphere
  • Ocean
  • Carbon
  • Nitrogen
  • Rock

Step 1: In small groups you are to investigate one of the natural cycles on Earth. You will produce a clear graphic representation of a cycle making sure all the important information is covered. 

A useful website is www.eo.ucar.edu/kids/green/cycles1.htm

Step 2: Elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is an overview designed to quickly and effectively communicate your idea or project. The aim is for you to be:

1. Concise
2. Clear
3. Compelling

You are going to do an elevator style pitch to the class explaining why their cycle is so important and how it contributes to the Earth as a system. You will have a maximum of 2 minutes to get your point acros

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