Geology Unit - Grade 3 to 6

48 minute video + 11 Printable Experiments + Scope & Sequence + Cross-curricular Teaching & Project Ideas + Curriculum links & more

A complete unit of work on geology designed for Grades 3 to 6

Learn about the Earth's layers, the rock cycle, how different landforms are formed & much more! From soil science to mineral testing, these hands-on experiments your students will discover the importance of natural resources and the role of plate tectonics in shaping our world.

Following the 48 minutes of video & student activities, you students will to:

> Describe the basic structure of the Earth, including its layers (crust, mantle, and core).
> Understand the rock cycle & the three types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic) and how they are formed over time.
> Identify the different types of landforms (mountains, valleys, plateaus, etc.) and how they are formed.
> Describe the processes of erosion, weathering, and deposition, and how they shape the Earth's surface.
> Test soil composition and undertake types of soil tests run by scientists
> Showcase the role of plate tectonics in shaping the Earth's surface and causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Curriculum links across Australia, USA, Canada & New Zealand (see below for specific linkages)
> Australian Curriculum
> NSW Science Syllabus
> Victorian F - 10 Science Curriculum
> US Next Generation Science Standards
> The Ontario Curriculum
> The New Zealand Curriculum

Includes 11 printable experiments to run in class plus student quizzes, a sample marking rubric, scope & sequence, cross-curricular teaching ideas, student project ideas, common student misconceptions to be aware of as well as Australian, USA, Canadian & New Zealand curriculum outcomes, crossword, word search, experiment templates, colouring-in sheets and a risk assessment template.  

Optional materials to have on-hand include soils of different types, flour, oil, water, paper, rulers, dental floss, pencil, playdough, liquorice allsorts or similar layered candy, bottles, freezer, plate, vinegar, bicarbonate soda, detergent, cups, red food colouring, rocks of different types, nail, coins, nail file, toilet paper roll, show, ball, metal washers, string, cardboard box, sharpie, sieves with different meshes & kitchen scale, play dough, straws, dirt, sticks, grass, water container.

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This 30-minute video & student activities cover a variety of demonstrations including;  
- the rainbow column, - dry ice effects on water pH, - Phenolphthalein as an indicator - plus natural indicators found in red cabbage and turmeric.  

Includes 10 x experiments to run in class plus student quizzes, a sample marking rubric, scope & sequence, cross-curricular teaching ideas, student project ideas as well as Australian and USA curriculum outcomes and a risk assessment template.

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Ben Newsome founded Fizzics Education to deliver science education across Australia, having now reached 3 million kids since 2004. 
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    • 48 minute video
    • 11 Experiments
    • Student Project Ideas
    • Vocabulary List & Quiz
    • Scope & Sequence
    • Cross-curricular Teaching Ideas
    • Common student misconceptions
    • Background Teacher notes
    • Marking Rubric
    • Experiment & Risk assessment templates
    • Crossword puzzle & Word search
    • Colouring -in sheets
    • Curriculum links for Australia, USA, Canada & New Zealand
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