TERM 4 Unit 7 YR 9 SCI plate tectonics

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9 SCIENCE – Term 4

Unit 7: PLATE TECTONICS ( 5 WEEKS)

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LEARNING GOALS:

Students will explore the historical development of scientific theories via the investigation of earth movement. It introduces the technological developments that have aided scientists in the study of tectonic plate movement, and explores the impact on humans of events such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes related to geological activity.

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S SUCCESS CRITERIA: THE STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE

FOLLOWING:

Describe how heat energy and convection currents in the

Earth's mantle cause the movement of tectonic plates

Recognise the major tectonic plates on a world map, in relation to Australia

Relate the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanoes to processes occurring at plate boundaries

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Resources

SCIENCE ESSENTIALS 9

Assessment

EXAM

Key Verbs

EXPLAIN

LIST

INVESTIGATE

DESCRIBE

Glossary:

Mantle crust seismograph tectonic movement subduction zone volcano magma lave fissure vent

Convection current earthquake tsunami tectonic plate continental plate oceanic plate

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