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Curriculum content descriptions

A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)

Elaborations
  • exploring ways that objects move on land, through water and in the air
  • exploring how different strengths of pushes and pulls affect the movement of objects
  • identifying toys from different cultures that use the forces of push or pull
  • considering the effects of objects being pulled towards the Earth
ScOT terms

Deformation (Mechanics)

Teacher resource

Little science

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos, animations and an interactive designed for early-primary science. A teacher guide provides suggested classroom activities and questions framed around the Australian Curriculum. Teacher support videos include an early-primary teacher reflecting ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Pushing and pulling

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use a single monkey to push a pelican or use three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is a combination of three objects ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Machine makers

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on forces as pushes and pulls. Students explore forces in their everyday lives, including forces related to simple machines. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive lesson plans, student handouts and additional teaching support material. The unit is based on ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Pushing and pulling: assessment

Test your understanding of push and pull forces by moving animals using monkey power. Investigate and then predict the effects of applying a force to move a range of objects of various mass. For example, select two monkeys to move a pelican, and predict whether they will move the pelican slowly, quickly or too fast.

Interactive Resource

Sites2See: Exploring energy for Primary

One page with links to websites with interactive resources, information and activities to support primary students investigating energy and the Climate Clever Energy Savers program.

Interactive resource

Pushing and pulling: push or pull?

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Put the monkey on the side of the cart needed to move the animal up the hill. For example, put a monkey on the left to push a koala or on the right to pull a kiwi. This learning object is the first in ...

Interactive resource

Pushing and pulling: how much force?

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use two monkeys to push a wallaby or three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is the second in a series of three objects ...

Interactive resource

Pushing and pulling: zoo move

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use a single monkey to push a pelican or use three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is the last in a series of three ...

Moving Image

How do apiarists farm their bees?

Have you ever wondered what a bee farm looks like? This clip shows how bee farmers (apiarists) look after their bees. Watch the bee hives being opened and see the honey being collected. View the machinery used to collect and bottle the honey.

Teacher resource

Indigenous spinning tops: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience introduces the concept of forces. In this investigation, students explore how push/pull forces can be applied to make an object move, in the context of spinning tops. They observe characteristics of successful spinners, and notice how a force is applied to set them in motion, or to make ...

Teacher resource

Aeronautics

This is a resource for educators detailing student learning programs that explore aeronautics, encouraging them to examine the nature of flight and to experience some real-life applications of mathematics, science and technology. The activities are divided into three chapters: Air, Flight and We Can Fly, You and I. Step-by-step ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Push-pull

This comprehensive teacher resource explores pushes and pulls through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Observations and evidence are gathered about how these forces(pushes and pulls) act in air and water, and on the ground, and the effect of the pull of gravity is covered. Eight structured lessons ...