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Curriculum content descriptions

Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

Elaborations
  • identifying the Earth’s resources including water, soil and minerals, and describing how they are used in the school
  • describing how a resource such as water is transferred from its source to its point of use
  • considering what might happen to humans if there were a change in a familiar available resource, such as water
  • identifying actions at school such as turning off dripping taps, that can conserve resources
ScOT terms

Natural resources

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Water works

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how water is used, where water comes from and how to use it responsibly. Water, a precious natural resource, is investigated using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive lesson plans, student handouts ...

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Making a rain gauge

How do you feel about the rain? This clip explains why rain is so important to farmers. You will see how to make a rain gauge and use it to measure how much rain falls. Farmers measure rainfall so they know when to do different jobs on their farms.

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Effects of dry weather

What do you feel like when the weather is hot and dry? Discover what happens to the land during dry weather. Look at how the landscape changes at different times of the year.

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Where does rain come from?

Rain comes from clouds but do you know how rain gets into clouds? This clip shows how clouds are formed (made). You will see how important the Sun is in making it rain.

Interactive Resource

Worm world: app for iPad

This is an iPad app of an animated worm composting system containing worms that must be fed appropriate food items in order to produce fertiliser to grow food and earn treats. The soil moisture and acidity levels must be managed and if the wrong food items get through, rodents may appear. This app includes sound that may ...

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Using and storing water on a farm

Can you imagine a farm with no water? What might happen to the animals and crops? This clip explains how important a water supply is for farmers. You will see some ways that farmers store water, which is especially important when there is limited or no rain.

Interactive Resource

How does your garden grow?

This Stage 2 resource grew from a conversation between young students questioning why they could still buy grapes if they were out of season. This wondering led to a discussion around when we grow certain fruit and vegetables. The original stimulus was extended to cover planting for the seasons and factors that influence ...

Interactive resource

Old Bernie's story

Interview a farmer about a local pond and its environment. Notice Old Bernie and his family have lived near the pond for generations. Ask him a series of questions about the ecology of the pond and how things have changed. Watch his answers via video clips.

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Growing rice

What is your favourite way to eat rice? This clip shows how rice is planted, grown and harvested in many different countries (places in the world). View the different foods made with rice.

Teacher resource

Activity: don't waste energy poster

This is a web resource about conserving energy that provides a student activity accompanied by a teacher guide. The activity requires students to create a poster based on an energy saving tip. A student worksheet provides activity instructions, including a list of energy saving tips. The teacher guide suggests the posters ...

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Aboriginal science tools: the morah stone

This is an article about morah stones, incised grinding stones from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland, and how they were used by the local Aboriginal peoples to process toxic starchy seeds and kernels. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes ...

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Coal and its uses

Find out where we get the coal that powers our homes and industries. This is a PowerPoint presentation outlining how coal is formed, mined, processed and used. All slides contain images or maps. Teachers' notes are included.

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

Interactive resource

Explore water pipes [includes spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

Teacher resource

The water cycle - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of the water cycle and that water is a precious resource.

Teacher resource

Water for life - unit of work

The unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things and that water is a precious resource.

Teacher resource

From rain to river - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things, the water cycle and that water is a precious resource.

Teacher resource

Water is precious - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things and that water is a precious resource.

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

Interactive resource

Explore water pipes [no spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

Interactive resource

Mineshaft [includes spoken instructions]

Direct a cart down a mineshaft. Examine rocks and minerals such as coal and diamonds. Match them to their use in industry such as power generation or jewellery.