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Understanding Human Caused Change

Understanding Human Caused Change
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In this worksheet, students look at the impact that humans have on the Earth’s surface through adding and taking away. Not only do they do some light comprehension, they are also asked to dig a little deeper, by researching a project or new technology that is mitigating our impact on surface change.

This worksheet was created as part of a larger Year 5 Earth and Space Sciences unit on Weathering and Erosion titled ‘Surface Change’.

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Curriculum Codes

AC9S5H02 9

Investigate how scientific knowledge is used by individuals and communities to identify problems, consider responses and make decisions

AC9S5U02 9

Describe how weathering, erosion, transportation and deposition cause slow or rapid change to Earth’s surface

ACSSU075 8.4

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

ACSHE083 8.4

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions


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


Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives

ST2-1WS-S old

Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

ST2-10ES-S old

Investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface

ST3-1WS-S old

Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions

ST3-2DP-T old

Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST3-4LW-S old

Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things

ST3-5LW-T old

Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition

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