Natural Disasters Incursion (Levels 5/6)

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Natural Disasters Incursion (Levels 5/6)

Theme: Science – Earth and Space Sciences
Level: 5/6
Students will use models and experiments to investigate how sudden geological changes and extreme weather can affect the earth’s surface.

Activities

  • Discuss prior knowledge of natural disasters and the variables that affect their unpredictability;
  • Investigate a model of the water cycle;
  • Predict and explore the position and movement of ice and cold water in warmer water;
  • Model the spinning of the earth and tornadoes;
  • Observe and discuss a demonstration of a hot air balloon and relate to air movement;
  • Explore the effect of extreme weather on the landscape;
  • Use a simple seismograph to produce a visual representation of an earthquake;
  • Explore the sudden changes in force occurring at the junction of tectonic plates;
  • Model volcanic activity on land and under water.

Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

Science
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073);
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (VCSSU079);
  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082);
  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083);
  • Decide which variables should be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data (VCSIS084);
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data (VCSIS085);
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSIS086);
  • Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (VCSIS087);
  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088).

Incursion Pricing

$290+GST

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Up to 30 students

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90-minute workshops

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A minimum booking of 2 x 90-minute workshops is required

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Outer regions incur time and travel costs

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