Sinkholes

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Instructor: Anas Nessaj
Subject : Geography
Enquiry 2 : Holes in the landscape : Why should we be concerned about sinkholes?
Class: 6th Grade
Course title: Holes in the landscape
Estimated course time: 4 hours
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Aims
Through this enquiry, pupils will be challenged and supported to:
 Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, including their defining physical
and human geographical characteristics, and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the
actions of geographical processes.
 Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human features of the world, how these are
interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
 Interpret a range of sources of geographical information to reach substantiated conclusions and judgments
consistent with the evidence, and communicate these in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical
and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Pupils will be taught to:
Human and physical geography
 Understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in
physical geography relating to : rocks; weathering and soils; weather and climate; ad hydrology.
 Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and
the climate, and how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems.
Geographical skills and fieldwork
 Build on their skills of globes, maps and atlases, and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the
classroom.
 Interpret topographical and thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs.
Possible assessable outcomes
 A creative piece where the students make a sinkhole landscape in a shoe-box. The shoe-box should be annotated
with the location, formation and effects of the sinkhole.
Instructor: Anas Nessaj
Subject : Geography
Enquiry 2 : Holes in the landscape : Why should we be concerned about sinkholes?
Assigned activities
Why should we be worried about Sinkholes?
“Imagine that you woke up one morning and looked out of your bedroom window to discover a 10 m deep hole in your
driveway…” (Check course book Page 26)
Task One: Click on/or copy link 1 to read about Sinkholes and answer the questions bellow.
Link 1: https://lifehacker.com/should-you-be-worried-about-sinkholes-1797655549
A. What are Sinkholes?
B. How often do they occur? And where?
How Do Sinkholes Form?
Sinkholes form through both natural and human-made processes.
Task Two: Watch and state how the natural process is different from the human one in affecting a landscape.
Link 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-DVIQPqS8E
Task Three: Copy the table bellow and Read about how sinkholes form using your Geography course book
page 32.
Human process causes
Natural process causes
Task Four: Read about Sinkhole at (link 4) and define the blue underlined words.
Link 4: https://www.britannica.com/science/sinkhole
Sinkhole alley in America
Task Five : Watch the following video and state where are sinkholes likely to occur?
Link 5 :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuMFT97sTSE
Worksheets : Teacher book 1/ Pages: 18-25
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