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Our Changing Earth


Years 3-6
Terms 1-4 Monday & Tuesday
Minimum 15 students
Maximum 30 students


School programs and resources

How is the Earth's surface constantly changing? What geological processes drive these changes? And, how do these changes help to shape the world around us?

In this hands-on learning program, students will experience the 3D volcano room, examine volcanic rocks and minerals from the Geoscience collection and use visible thinking routines to foster curiosity and build new understandings about the world around them.

Students will also develop science inquiry skills as they communicate ideas, generate questions and identify simple cause and effect relationships.

The length of this program is 60 minutes, however we recommend an additional 30 minutes for viewing time in the Dynamic Earth exhibition.

This program also links well with the IMAX film Volcanoes 3D.

Curriculum links

Earth and Space Sciences

Level 3 & 4

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

Level 5 & 6

  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface

Science Inquiry Skills

Level 3 & 4

  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language

Level 5 & 6

  • Communicating ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause and effect relationships