Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The earthquake machine


About this Illustration of Practice

In this lesson, the head of science at Mentone Girls' Grammar uses earthquakes as the topic to explore scientific concepts such as density and states of matter with a Year 6 class. Commencing the class with a demonstration of an earthquake machine, the teacher uses a range of resources and activities along with questioning to encourage students to explore the science of natural disasters. The students engage in small group and whole class investigations to develop a deeper understanding of the STEM concepts underpinning the lesson.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
  1. How could interdisciplinary studies be best implemented in your classroom?
  2. How could your school draw on the expertise of parents or the community to enrich the learning experiences available to students?
  3. How have you scaffolded student learning to introduce complex concepts to junior or middle school classes?
Learning area
Science
Year level
Year 6
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACSSU096
School
Mentone Girls’ Grammar School
Victoria
Year level
Year 6
Related subject
Mathematics
Science
Technologies
Stage of schooling
K-12
School type
Independent
School location
Metropolitan
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Located 20km south of central Melbourne, Mentone Girls' Grammar is a Foundation to Year 12 school founded in 1899. Science is a main focus at the school and students in Year 5 and 6 are taught STEM subjects by specialist teachers from the Senior School. In Year 5, students undertake a STEM year in which every topic connects to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. As a result of the strong emphasis on Science, the school has high student uptake of Science electives at Year 12.

 

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AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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