YEAR 4 - EARTH'S SURFACE
Year 4 PALMS Book
The entire Year 4 PALMS book can be downloaded by clicking here (please note the loading time may be long). If you would like to download activity by activity please scroll down (below the STEM project).
PALMS 4 STEM Project
The PALMS 4 STEM project asks students to consider solutions to reduce impacts of bushfires on landscapes and life.This project can be customised to your class' needs and interests using the project map and other resources in the Teacher's Guide (click here to download). Students are provided guidance, research support and frameworks for experiments and design challenges in the Student Booklet (click here to download). We recommend introducing STEM and what STEM skills look like using our thought provoking activities (click here to download).
PALMS 4 STEM Project - Digital Version
Our STEM project examining solutions to reduce the impact of bushires on landscape and life is now available in a more interactive format, that can be completed almost anywhere. Supported by a Projects Guide (click here to view and download), Background Research booklet (click here to view and download) and Research Guide (click here to view and download) students can tackle one or all of the following challenges:
Erosion Prevention (click here to view and download)
Ash in Soil (click here to view and download)
House Design (click here to view and download)
Feeding Station Design (click here to view and download)
Smoke Water (click here to view and download)
Year 4 PALMS Package - By Activity
Activities can be accessed individually below.
An introduction to the Year 4 package and its links to the Australian Curriculum.
Students interpret a range of photographs to work out what the fossils are telling us about past environments.
Students interpret a story of landscape change.
A take home activity to examine changes in landscapes that family members have noticed.
A series of activities, listening to podcasts, interpreting photographs, etc. to examine changes in local landforms.
Students examine change represented in peteroglyphs.
An activity to create a timeline of cultural history.
A simple investigation to examine the power of water to weather, when frozen.
Student investigate the impact of acid rain on various rock types and materials.
Students examine a series of photos to consider the impact of oxidation on a range of materials.
A great Science meets Art activity to examine biological weathering.
A simple experiment to examine the erosive power of wind and water.
Students examine scenarios where rain water has caused issues around homes and then test a rain chain.
Students investigate the importance of considered road design.
Students consider the design of city lanes.
Students create a poster on erosion caused by humans.
Students conduct a field study to examine landscape changes.
Students examine the difference between soil, dirt and dust.
Students learn about soil profiles through examining photos and their local soils.
Students match soils to their parent rock using photographs and clues provided to them.
Students undertake a series of short investigations to discover what soil is made up of.
Students examine soils and classify their components as living or non-living.
Students measure the air within non-compacted soils versus that within compacted soils and consider the consequences of soil compaction.
In this STEAM activity (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) students design, build and test a rain chain.