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Virtual teaching with Michelle Iro


This is Michelle Iro, a fourth year teacher-in-training at University of Ballarat, holding a lava bomb at the Penshurst Volcano Discovery Centre. Michelle has been working at Hawkesdale P12 College over the past four weeks, teaching my Year 6/7 Maths and Science classes. On Friday, 5th November she will run an Elluminate session with the 6/7G class as an introduction to Monday’s class, about Tower Hill, the State Game Reserve near Koroit. Click on this link for the Friday Period 2 Elluminate session. Tower Hill is the remains of a Maar volcano, formed when molten magma is forced up through the water table, causing huge amounts of steam and pressure to blow material out of a crater. Tower Hill is well known for it’s abundant wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and wetland birds.

6/7G : Click on this link for the Period 2 Elluminate session on Monday 8th November from Tower Hill.

6/7R: Click on this link for the Period 4 Elluminate session on Monday 8th November from Tower Hill.

Year 8 Earth Science and Energy


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This remarkable picture is an aerial photograph of the Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea. It shows the lava flows and ash plume of an active volcano. This week we have learnt about the structure of the earth, continental drift and tectonic plates. We know the difference between convergent, divergent and plates that slide past each other. What is the difference between magma and lava? When are small crystals formed in rocks? What are the differences between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks? What are three pieces of evidence that suggest that the earth is broken up into separate continental plates that are slowly moving? What does a world map showing the location of earthquakes and volcanoes demonstrate? Where are the main fold mountains around the world? What happens in deep ocean trenches that explains why rocks further from the trench are older than those closer to the trench?

Next week is Earth Science Week and we will be having a special guest to speak to us about the Kanawinka Geopark, volcanoes, caves and bats. Ian Lewis, an ex-teacher and limestone and groundwater geologist, will be speaking to us from his home in Mt Gambier using Elluminate. You might even like to submit a video for next year’s “Geologi” short film competition. Kanawinka Geopark (“Land of Tomorrow”) is the world’s 57th Global Geopark and Hawkesdale is right in the middle of this region. (Download a map here).

For FUSE Learning Resource Package, type in the Learning Resource ID code WMCL9X.

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