Session 6: Teacher Task and Quiz

Complete the following task by answering all the questions in the spaces provided.

Resource Development

If you show learners a picture of earth from space and ask them, what do they see, their responses will vary. Some key words to look for in their responses are: oceans, water, land, mountains, clouds, soil, rocks, plants, desert (and maybe rain, animals, people). When grouping the observed features, learners may come up with any combination of the following groups:
  • Air (atmosphere) including rain and clouds.
  • Water (hydrosphere) including oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.
  • Soil (pedosphere) or land.
  • Living things (biosphere) including plants, animals, people, etc.
  • Snow or ice (cryosphere).
  • Rocks (lithosphere); and
  • Sunlight for energy.

At this point the emphasis changes slightly to how these features make Earth habitable and able to sustain life. Reasons given may include that Earth has:

  • Water.
  • An atmosphere with oxygen.
  • Soil with nutrients.
  • Carbon.
  • Gravity.
  • Sun that helps plants make food that we can eat; and
  • Right temperature.

Natural Science: Evolving Planet - Teacher Task

Assessment Task

Changing Cognitive levels

Question 5: Identifying process skills

The CAPS Natural Science Grade 8 Term 4 suggests as an activity: “Interpreting a table of facts about the Solar System” and “comparing and writing about the conditions on other planets in our Solar System including their special features”.
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