Our Science topic for term 3 is called Beneath our Feet. In this topic we will:
- Have opportunities to explore how natural processes and human activity shape our surroundings.
- Develop our understanding of soils, rocks and landscapes and how they change over time through hands-on activities and investigations.
- Investigate factors that affect the erosion of soils.
This is a MASSIVE topic with a lot of hands on investigations and experiments which will involve using a variety of equipment and even getting a little dirty with the soil!
We began our lesson with listing as many words we could think of that related to the words soil, rock and landscape. Here is what our class came up with:
mud mining quartz sapphire
sand fertilizer dirt fools gold
diamond large stones compost
gold heavy pebbles sandstone
caves ruby rough Earth
Zebra Rock Devils Marble Uluru mulch
cobblestone copper limestone chalk
jade emerald boulder beach
iron opal rainforest crystal
These have been added to our class word wall and we will continue to add these throughout the term as we learn new words and ideas.
Next we worked in small groups and were given a map of the school and 9 different photos of other soils, rocks and different landscapes that are located around the school grounds. We had to find where Mrs. Baldwin had taken each photo and answer the following questions:
- What does the rock or soil feel like?
- What colours can you see?
- Describe the landscape of each picture eg: slopes, hills, bumpy, vegetation etc.
Here are the photos that were taken
This was a lot of fun and quite a challenge at times, particularly with finding one of the rocks. This allowed us to look closely at some of the rocks and soils that are in our local area and begin thinking about the properties and features using some describing words.
Our next step is to collect a soil sample and rock from another location and bring it to school. We will spend some time studying these closely and perhaps finding out what soil types and rocks we have in our local environment.
What did you enjoy most about the treasure hunt activity?
What did you find that was interesting with either a rock or soil in one of the photos?
Can you share one fact that you know about rocks, soils or landscapes?