Earthquake Explorers - Primary Connections

Earthquake Explorers - Primary Connections
Publication Date: March, 2012
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

This unit of work investigates earthquakes.

The resource provides full information for a unit of work in which students explore how sudden geological changes and extreme weather conditions can affect the Earth's surface.

In the unit, students examine the causes and effects of earthquake and study how the magnitude, intensity and effects of earthquakes are measured.

Students will be introduced to current scientific knowledge about earthquakes and tectonic plates and be able to develop their understanding of how earthquakes are caused by modelling these changes with hands-on investigations.

Students can also explore how scientists use technology to collect information about earthquakes and investigate and compare earthquake activity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australian Curriculum v9 Codes: AC9S8U03 (Year 8)

Additional Information

This unit also focuses on the Cross-curricular priorities of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and sustainability. The unit has students investigating earthquake data from countries in the Asia-Pacific region and developing an understanding of the differing magnitudes of earthquakes within the region. Students can explore the dramatic effects of the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates and how this affects the people and environment.

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