Best of: The Changing Earth

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This week: The Changing Earth for year 4 students studying Earth and Space Sciences.

Australian Curriculum Code: ACSSU075

“Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity”

  • considering how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ fire management practices over tens of thousands of years have changed the distribution of flora and fauna in most regions of Australia
  • considering how different human activities cause erosion of the Earth’s surface
  • considering the effect of events such as floods and extreme weather on the landscape, both in Australia and in the Asia region


This resource may also be useful for older students looking to secure their basic knowledge and understanding before digging deeper.

Each article and activity should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this activity:

All must: State that the surface of the Earth has changed over time.

Most should: Describe some examples of how the surface of the Earth has changed over time.

Some could: Collect and describe evidence that proves the Earth’s surface has changed.

Consider which of the above learning outcomes you should be aiming for throughout this activity.

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