Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students work in groups to explore the various natural cycles that exist on Earth and in its atmosphere. Groups research these cycles and create a poster of their cycle to share with the class. Finally, each group prepares a short play or movie that describes their cycle.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand there are many natural cycles on Earth and in the atmosphere.
  • Students begin to understand the relationships between these cycles.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS107)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-4WS, ST3-10LW, ST2-7PW, ST3-11LW

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.

Resources required: Internet and computer access, poster making materials, digital cameras (optional).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, digital cameras (optional).

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Earth, natural cycles, water, energy, carbon, nitrogen, rock.

 

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 work in groups to explore the various natural cycles that exist on Earth and in its atmosphere. Groups research these cycles and create a poster of their cycle to share with the class. Finally, each group prepares a short play or movie that describes their cycle.

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. Ask students to share what they understand about the natural cycles of the Earth (e.g. water, energy, carbon, nitrogen, rock). Engage students in a discussion around the following questions:

  • Which cycles are students familiar with and which ones are new to them?
  • Why is it important to understand natural cycles? (Suggested answer: Natural cycles tell us about how the components of our Earth move and flow in, on and above our Earth. Understanding natural cycle
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Student Worksheet

Which nature cycle is clearly shown in this picture? 

 

My cycle is: 

What are the main stages of my cycle? 

 

What other components of the Earth does my cycle involve (e.g. soil, animals, water)? How are they involved?

 

Two interesting facts about my cycle

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Keywords relating to my cycle

 

 

 

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