Year 4 - Earth and Space science

Our Earth, Nature, soil, planting, water, recycling, looking after the environment and mother nature

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  1. Teacher guide

    M018911 Get your hands on my food

    • Learning area Science, Technologies
    • Published 22/12/2016
    • TLF-ID M018911

    This is a lesson plan about where food comes from and how it food production processes change it. Concepts explored include: changes in food, methods of past and present food production, sequencing of food production steps and the transformation of food. The resource is presented as a Teacher guide and includes: Learning outcomes, a learning and teaching sequence, activity steps and suggested assessment opportunities. Supporting documents are located in the links near the teacher guide. The resource is part of the larger Paddock to Plate suite of resources. Additional relevant support documents can be found within this suite.

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  2. Teacher guide

    M013326 Gloop: lesson plans

    • Learning area Arts, Geography, Science
    • Published 28/01/2015
    • TLF-ID M013326

    This is a set of lesson plans for teachers about reducing the use of plastic. The resource has seven sections: an introduction for teachers; an introductory activity for students called an assembly; an art and craft lesson plan; a science lesson plan; a geography lesson plan; a numeracy lesson plan; and a literacy lesson plan. Each lesson plan includes a learning objective, a list of resources, an explanation of learning activities and a plenary session. This resource is part of a larger resource on the ecotales.co.uk website titled New schools resources: Gloop.

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  3. Teacher guide

    M014084 Living and non-living things

    • Learning area Science
    • Published 28/01/2015
    • TLF-ID M014084

    This is a unit designed to help students gain understanding of environmental biodiversity through the examination of living and non-living things in a local environment. Students examine and compare familiar ecological areas and study the life stages of living things. They explore factors that affect living things within biological environments and describe the relationships between living and non-living things. Students use their knowledge to work towards improving the biological diversity of a chosen area. Additional information PDF sheets for teachers, worksheets and links to support materials are provided. This unit is designed for students in years 3 and 4 and is one in a series of three units on the ScienceWeb website.

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  4. Teacher guide

    M014085 Shaping the Earth's surface

    • Learning area Science
    • Published 28/01/2015
    • TLF-ID M014085

    This is a unit designed to help students understand the natural and artificial process that shapes the Earth's surface over time and how this has relevance in their own lives. Students gain understanding of how the surface of the Earth changes due to the natural processes of weathering and erosion by exploring how these processes affect soils, rocks and landforms and apply this knowledge when examining local environmental areas. In a case study, students consider how human activity contributes to erosion and then apply this knowledge during a field study of a local area. Additional information PDF sheets for teachers, worksheets and links to support materials are provided. This unit is designed for students in year 4 and is one in a series of three units on the ScienceWeb website.

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  5. Video

    M015627 Vegetable gardens

    • Learning area Science
    • Published 11/12/2013
    • TLF-ID M015627

    Have you ever grown vegetables? In this clip you will discover many things about vegies and how they grow. Presenter Nick Hardcastle will even show you how to make a vegetable garden in a box. Find out which vegetable is actually a flower, which are the best seasons for planting and picking, and how deep to bury seeds.

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  6. Video

    M015947 Recycling household items

    • Learning area Science
    • Published 11/12/2013
    • TLF-ID M015947

    Discover why plastic is harmful to our environment and how recycling helps to reduce its impact. Listen to Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark, discuss the problem of plastic. Watch as a bag of household items are sorted to identify what can be recycled.

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  7. Learning objects

    L1801 Water matters: water fight

    • Learning area Studies of society and environment, Science
    • Published 31/03/2016
    • TLF-ID L1801

    Compare the amount of water used when playing with equipment such as a hose or a water pistol. Choose how often to have a water fight. Look at the results of playing on a lawn or a driveway. Use a graph to compare the efficiency of water use options. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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  8. Learning objects

    L32 Why recycle?

    • Learning area Science
    • Published 31/03/2016
    • TLF-ID L32

    Meet a group of children eating their lunch at school. Notice how each child uses or disposes of their plastic lunch bag in a different way. Predict where the bags might end up and how they may affect the environment. Find out about the durability of plastics and environmental benefits of recycling.

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  9. Learning objects

    L33 Earth Alert

    • Learning area Science, Studies of society and environment
    • Published 31/03/2016
    • TLF-ID L33

    Tune in to a television program exploring environmental issues. Solve four ecological problems involving pest animals and humans: domestic cats, European wasps, sea stars and rural drivers. Get tips for solving environmental problems in your local area.

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  10. Video

    M015645 Lake Eyre - just add water

    • Learning area Science
    • Published 11/12/2013
    • TLF-ID M015645

    Imagine a lake that drains water from one sixth of all of Australia but fills up only once every 25 years. Discover the beauty of Lake Eyre in South Australia as it fills with water and transforms the dry outback to an inland oasis that becomes home to thousands of water birds.

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  11. Video

    M017165 Soils: a hidden resource

    • Learning area Geography, Science
    • Published 07/09/2017
    • TLF-ID M017165

    This is a video about the importance of soil, its role in global food security and the requirements for its sustainable management. Describing soil as a natural resource slow to develop but quickly destroyed, the video points out the increasing demands being placed on soil to feed the world's rising population and the threats it faces from climate change, soil degradation and erosion. Efforts by farmers in Bolivia and Kenya to protect soil health are presented as examples of sustainable practice, and the need for investment in soil science is highlighted. The six-minute video concludes by emphasising the value of the Global Soil Partnership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Additional comments / Instructions

Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity