Continental Drift and Plate Tectonic Theory
In this activity students create their own version of our tectonic plates as a jigsaw, using bread and paints.
Students learn a little of the history of Earth Science whilst distinguishing the difference between primary and secondary data.
Reviews important concepts with a word sleuth and short answer questions.
Provides vital background for teachers before approaching this topic.
Students explore the history of the development of the theory of plate tectonics, completing a cloze exercise along the way.
Students research supercontinents and explore Australia's continental history.
1. Evidence for Seafloor Spreading
Students create their own model to demonstrate seafloor spreading, using simple materials.
Students consider how we 'age' rocks and interpret data to find answers in this exercise.
Students examine magnetic fields to help them understand the Earth's magnetosphere.
In this activity students apply their understanding of magnetism to minerals on our seafloor.
Students use simple materials to create their own compass.
Students investigate polar reversals and consider their possible impacts on society.
Students review the section on seafloor spreading via a word sleuth and short answer questions.
2. Folding and Faulting
Essential background for teachers on folding, faulting and Australia.
Students model the three major types of fault and examine their features (using playdough or similar).
Two demonstrations and a student activity enable students to visualise folds and their impacts on our landscapes.
Folding and faulting is reviewed via a word sleuth, short answer questions and a diagram.
3. Heat Energy
Students model convection currents and apply kinetic theory to processes within Earth (*note please see 'Reconsidering Convections Cells')
An outline of evidence regarding other forces at work within our Earth.