Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students explore the timeline of the Earth’s development by looking at several websites on the topic and then by creating a timeline in the classroom.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the development of the Earth over time.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078)
  • 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 5 History

  • Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (ACHASSI097)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
  • 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)

Year 6 History

  • Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines. (ACHASSI125)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-4WS, ST3-10LW, ST3-8ES, ST3-11LW, ST3-9ESHT3-5

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – assist students with activity.

Resources required: Internet access, blank paper, sticky tape or blutac to stick timeline to the classroom walls, drawing materials.

Digital technology opportunities: Internet access, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework or extension.

Keywords: Earth, development, timeline.

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

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity, students explore the timeline of the Earth's development by looking at several websites and then create a timeline in the classroom.

Teacher content information: This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins. Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

Hot tips: Prepare for this activity by pinning a long line of blank paper around the walls of the classroom. Students will create their timeline on this line of paper.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Explain to students that they will be exploring the development of the Earth over time. Break the class into groups and ask groups to investigate the following two websites (links also available on the student worksheet):

BBC - History of life

Exploring Life's Origins

Step 2. Working in groups, ask students to explore one period in the history of the development of the Earth (students can pick a time or you can assign a time). As

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Student Worksheet

Tuning in: Watch the vimeo clip below. What type of animals and plants do you see?

Geologic Time, 1989 on Vimeo.

Activity

Look at these two websites:

BBC - History of life

Exploring Life's Origins

 

Answer the following questions about the period of time you are researching. Use the websites to help with your research:

 

What period of time are we looking at?

 

How is this period of time defined (i.e. what are the main features of events of this time)?

 

What - if any - life existed on Earth at this time?

 

 

 

Two interesting facts about this time in history:

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Assessment/Reflection

What will the next 2 billion years will look like on the timeline. Draw a picture showing what you think it will look like.

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