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11 Dec 2012


How Old is it?/ Geological Time Scale Activity (A1)

Students work in pairs to discuss their prior knowledge of the existence of living organisms on Earth. Students record a prediction of the first existence of bacteria, fish, dinosaurs and humans. They are then given an opportunity to conduct research based on the questions directed by the worksheet.

The teacher then makes an electronic copy of a geological time scale available for observation and discussion.

Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world (ACSHE134)

How old it it A1

geological time scale

Cooling and Crystal Size Practical (A2)

This activity follows from introducing the theory of igneous rocks. Students are asked to summarise their ideas of intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks before conducting the practical. This practical is taken from the Pearson Science 8 Textbook (p. 287, 2011). This practical successfully demonstrated crystal size formation with different cooling temperatures. This activity also gives students the opportunity to demonstrate science enquiry skills in a laboratory.

cooling and crystal size prac A
Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales           
    (ACSSU153)

Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Sedimentary Rock Layers Practical (A3)

This activity follows from introducing the theory of sedimentary rocks. Students work in pairs to collect items from the school garden that they would expect to find in sedimentary rock layers. This includes both natural (foliage, bark, twigs, soil, seeds) and man-made items (litter). Students plan and construct a layered sedimentary rock example in a plastic cup. Plaster of Paris is used to cement each layer. Students are then asked to write an individual narrative of the story leading to the formation of their sedimentary rock layers.

Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (ACSSU153)

Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed. (ACSIS140) 

Sedimentary Rock layers Prac A3

Rocky Road Conglomerate Activity (A4)

This activity engages students to have a physical understanding of the formation of conglomerate rock. Food items (lollies, marshmallows, biscuits, coconut and chocolate) are used to represent different components of conglomerate rock. Students are asked to consider what each of the food items may represent, and to record their ideas before being discussed as a class.

Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (ACSSU153)

Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Rocky road Conglomerate A4

Rock Cycle Activity (A5)

This activity used an Oresome Resources worksheet. Students cut out each of the components provided on the template. They are them asked to arrange each of the pieces to represent the flowchart of the rock cycle. This can either be glued on A3 paper or in their exercise books.

Scientific knowledge changes as newevidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world (ACSHE134)

A5     Oresome resources rock cycle

Geology Assignment

This assessment task allows scope for choice in student work. A list of activities is given, with an associated star rating system. Students are asked to complete a minimum amount of work to qualify for a completed assessment piece. The assessment piece is marked using Gleeson College’s Year 8 Science Performance Standards.

Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world (ACSHE134)

People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations (ACSHE227)

Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)

Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
   Assignment

Category: Projects

Year: 8