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.
- 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 Outcomes: ST3-4WS, 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.
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