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Depth Study - Module 2: Scientific Models

Lesson Overview:

This module is designed to fulfill the NESA Depth Study requirement, and is the second Module in a series of three.  Module 2 has been designed to allow students to become more capable in their abilities to construct a scientific model, and to evaluate the benefits and limitations of these models.

It has been designed to align to the Australian curriculum outcomes ACSES006, ACSES035, ACSES099, and to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: EES11/12-1, EES11/12-4 and EES 11/12-7.

Overview of Module 2:
After a brief introduction to the location and type of plate boundaries found around the Earth, students construct models that demonstrate the processes and the topographic and geological features that occur at plate boundaries. These models are presented to the class and students engage in peer feedback through an evaluation of the models.

Overview of the Depth Study - Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3
This three part series aims to highlight the importance of modeling in science and can be used to target the requirements of the NESA Depth Study.

Module 1 - explores teacher centered modeling of the outcomes of the Theory of Evidence for Plate Tectonics and also includes a case study on the use of modeling within the production of forestry materials. Included in the module, is a sequence of activities about models and also a scaffold for students to assess their understanding of theory comparing the strategies of learning via predominately text based data with that of their teacher’s use of models.

Module 2- targets the skills of students teaching using modeling based on the content outcomes of plate boundaries.

Module 3 - is based on the outcomes of gaining a knowledge and understanding of the causes of salinity and erosion and rehabilitation of these areas with a focus on forestry solutions and case studies.

Year Level/s:


Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Earth and Environmental Science

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:

Earth and Environmental Science

  • ACSES006 - Select, construct and use appropriate representations, including maps and cross sections to describe and analyse spatial relationships, and stratigraphy and isotopic half-life data to infer the age of rocks and fossils, to communicate conceptual understanding, solve problems and make predictions (ACSES006)
  • ACSES035 - Select, construct and use appropriate representations, including maps and other spatial representations, diagrams and flow charts, to communicate conceptual understanding, solve problems and make predictions (ACSES035)
  • ACSES099 - Plate tectonic processes generate earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis; the occurrence of these events affects other Earth processes and interactions (for example, ash clouds influence global weather) (ACSES099)

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Literacy

Cross Curriculum Priorities:


Curriculum Connections:

Geography, Science

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Geologic faults, Geological faults, Geological formations, Geological maps, Modelling, Models, Plate motion, Plate tectonics, Topography


Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Lesson Plan


Depth Study - Module 2: Scientific Models

Student Resource

Depth Study Module 2 - Scientific Models: Student Workbook

This comprehensive student workbook is photocopiable and provides space for student answers to fulfil the learning outcomes of the Depth Study Module 2 - Scientific Models.

File Size: 759.59 kb
File Type: PDF


Teacher Resource

Teacher Guide - Depth Study Module 2: Scientific Models

This teacher resource outlines all activities, lesson times, equipment and other teacher preparation, as well as sample answers to the student workbook questions. Annotated diagrams, references and URL links are outlined.

File Size: 996.32 kb
File Type: PDF


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