Oz-e-science Years F–6
Earth and Space Year 4
Earth and Space: Year 4 is the study of Earth and its place in space for Year 4 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum Science Understanding:
- Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075).
Note: This curriculum program is currently being updated to align with the Australian Curriculum 9.0, updated versions will be released in early 2023.
In Lessons 1 to 10, students learn about:
- How the Earth was formed.
- Identifying the four main layers of Earth.
- The Earth’s main tectonic plates.
- Continental drift theory.
- Landforms and how they are formed.
- The three main types of rock.
- How fossil fuels were formed and their uses.
- Researching a geological site.
- Writing a report using the information from your reading.
- Identify the two main processes that formed the Earth.
- Explain why humans are able to live on Earth.
- Identify and label Earth’s four main layers.
- Represent a model of the Earth’s layers.
- Identify what tectonic plates are.
- Describe two examples of what happens where tectonic plates meet.
- Outline the tectonic plate boundaries.
- Explain what continental drift theory is.
- Represent Pangaea in an online puzzle.
- Describe the difference between constructive and destructive forces.
- Classify landforms created by constructive and/or destructive processes in a card game.
- Describe the three main types of rocks and how they were formed.
- Classify rocks in the rock cycle. Describe the three main types of fossil fuels.
- Plot to represent the main fossil fuel reserves on a map of Australia.
- Complete research and take notes about a geological site.
- Create an information report using your reading research about the geological site.
- Progress tests are conducted after every second lesson, allowing teachers to monitor student understanding of the concepts taught over the past two lessons and to identify where reteaching is needed.
- The Teaching Guide contains the testing questions, and the Student Workbook has a section where students write their answers and score themselves.
Structured Research Activity
- The Structured Research Activity (SRA) for this unit is: Students to research and write a report on a geological site.
- The SRA takes place over two lessons so students can apply the Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills covered in the unit.
- Teachers use the Guide to Making Judgements, which is included in the Teaching Guide, to mark the SRA.
- The last lesson is the end-of-unit assessment which has a variety of question formats (e.g. label the diagram, circle the correct answer) to assess student mastery of content from the unit.
- The end-of-unit assessment is in the Teaching Guide. Teachers copy the assessment and distribute to students at testing time.
Edit: peer feedback
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