This resource is a 2-part lesson sequence inspired by plate tectonic research conducted onboard RV Investigator. Students will use data to calculate the northward trajectory of the Australian plate over time.
Olivia Belshaw, Jindabyne Central School, New South Wales
|Nature of the inquiry problem||
Can students interpret data and perform calculations to determine the northward movement of the Australian plate over time?
|Suitable year levels and subject areas||
Earth Science Year 9/ Senior Earth Science
Australian Curriculum Science
Senior Earth Science
Students will learn about hot spot activity along the eastern side of the Australian plate. Students will apply skills in graphing and calculations to determine the speed at which the Australian plate is drifting northwards.
|Student Learning Outcomes*||
Students will be able to
Collaborative data analysis task involving graphing and calculations.
No formative assessment - however teachers can devise discussion questions based on the activity if they wish to assess students' understanding.
|Information and communications technology (ICT)||
Access to YouTube.
© Tracking the Northward Movement of the Australian Plate (created by Olivia Belshaw) (2019). Copyright owned by Department for Education, New South Wales. Except as otherwise noted, this work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International