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September 16, 2016
by leesclassroom

Term 3 Integrated Unit Reflection

Begin your reflection of what you have learnt during this term’s Science unit.

Your reflection must include:
Section 1
An introduction summarizing the unit.
Three facts that you found interesting or surprising.
Two understandings you now have.
One wonder you still have.
Section 2
Next, refer to your learning throughout the unit (in the whole class, in your groups and working on your information report) and answer:
What were the most important things I have learnt.
How did I learn it.
What am I going to do with what I have learnt.

Also go over your Assessment Matrix and talk about how well you covered the various parts needed for your information report.

Final, refer to your unit goals that your created at the beginning of the term. Write about whether you achieved them and if so how you went about this.

August 29, 2016
by leesclassroom

Introducing the Question Matrix

A question matrix will help you think of questions that will require more than one word answers. It helps you make interesting questions. (open ended questions)

At the top of the matrix knowledge and information questions are generated.

The lower rows of the matrix generate questions that require analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Key elements to think about…

  • Think of your topic.
  • Look at the words going down the side of the page to choose the first word of your question.
  • Then look across the top of your page and choose the second word to make up your question.
  • Now complete the rest of the question, relating it to the topic that you wanted to find out about.



  • more than one question can be placed in each box
  • several questions build around a theme
  • can students spot the questions asked in previous lesson sequence where we introduced each different types of natural disasters? Where are they on the matrix?

sample bushfire question matrix

blank question matrix

rubric for question matrix

August 26, 2016
by leesclassroom

Natural Disasters: Analysing A System

A system is set of interacting parts that create a whole.

It will follow a process.

It will have steps/stages that are causally linked.

It will have a beginning that triggers effects and will result in an end product or result.

When you analyse a system you understand how it works and why it works.

These are the steps to analyse a system:

1.     I identify something as a system (I can explain why it is a system)

2.     I state all of the parts of the system and how they work

3.     I change one part of the system to see what would happen

4.     I explain how the one change made the system change

5.     I make conclusions about how the parts interrelate  (importance, order, amount needed, comparison to other systems)


Let’s try this with the process that forms stalactites in caves.

Together as a class go to this webpage-read and take notes to analyse stalactites as a system.


Now use these websites to analyse bushfires as a system:





While doing so keep this in mind:

  • We have defined natural disasters in part by their effects on humans.
  • So, as you identify the parts of the system, consider where humans fit in.
  • How does the result affect us?

How might our actions (emergency services; careful planting of trees, back burning, careless installation of power-lines, littering, global warming) be part of/change the system?

August 25, 2016
by leesclassroom

Natural Disasters: Cyclones

In today’s lesson you are going to develop your understanding of cyclones

Research and answers for the following questions:

  • What is a cyclone and how is it defined?
  • What conditions are necessary for the formation of cyclone ?
  • Where do they occur?
  • How does it affect the environment and how do humans react?
  • How do we prepare for cyclones?
  • How can science help?

August 5, 2016
by leesclassroom

Natural Disasters: Volcanoes

In today’s lesson you are going to develop your understanding of volcanoes

Research and answers for the following questions:

  • What is a volcano and how is it defined?
  • What conditions are necessary for the formation of volcano ?
  • Where do they occur?

The two additional questions you added as a class were:

  • How does it effect the environment and how do humans react?
  • How can science help?

The volcano simulator we looked at in class is here:



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