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Curriculum content descriptions

Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Elaborations
  • considering what is meant by the term ‘renewable’ in relation to the Earth’s resources
  • considering timescales for regeneration of resources
  • comparing renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including how they are used in a range of situations
  • considering the water cycle in terms of changes of state of water
  • investigating factors that influence the water cycle in nature
  • exploring how human management of water impacts on the water cycle
ScOT terms

Natural resources,  Renewable energy,  Nonrenewable resources

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Energy chains: make electricity

Build up to six energy chains that make electricity. Select from different energy sources and choose energy converters to match. Examine the type of energy change that happens in each converter. Arrange the converters into the correct chain so that the energy can be delivered as electricity. For example, construct a chain ...

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Energy chains: energy use

Select energy sources and energy converters to build energy chains to power appliances and vehicles. Examine how each energy converter in a chain loses some energy and reduces the energy available for use. For example, show that using a solar panel and an electric motor to drive a car delivers only 16% of the original energy ...

Interactive Resource

Earth and space: student digital activities

This is a set of student digital activities about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that contains a rich array of interactive activities, film clips and notebook questions to assist learning. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences physics ...

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Energy chains: build an energy chain

Build an energy chain for a power station. Find out about fuel and how the energy converters work. Examine the type of energy change that happens in each converter. For example, see how a turbine changes the heat energy in steam into spinning motion. Arrange converters into the correct chain so that the energy in fuel can ...

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular teaching and learning resource for years 3 to 8 that focuses on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. There are three teaching units on the themes of ‘Energy introduction’, ‘Energy management’ ...

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Energy chains: side effects

Build energy chains that make electricity. Select different energy sources and choose energy-converters to match. Arrange converters into the correct chain so that the energy can be delivered as electricity. Examine the waste products and side effects that occur with each converter. For example, find out the environmental ...

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Energy chains: power up!

Build energy chains to power appliances and vehicles. Find out about energy sources and how energy converters work. Select the energy converters that suit each source and vehicle. For example, work out how to drive a car using the energy from sunlight. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects.

Teacher resource

Water: learn it for life! - year 7 science

This PDF unit of work is one of a series of resources accessible by searching the list in the series.It includes two teaching and learning sequences: 'Water journeys' focuses on the water cycle, and 'Pure water' focuses on the processes and people involved in creating and managing drinkable water. It provides Australian ...

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Fission control

Answer questions about how nuclear reactors work. Operate controls for a simulated nuclear reactor. Adjust the fuel type, position of control rods, coolant type and flow speed. Generate electricity without causing a meltdown. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.

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Earth and space: student guide

This is a student guide about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that contains information and hands-on inquiry activities. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space science and Physical sciences physics content descriptions in year 7 of the science curriculum. The resource ...

Interactive Resource

Oresome world

This interactive resource takes students on a journey of discovery in the energy and mining world. Oresome world contains five games or modules: Coal, Energy, Gas, Low emissions and Mining, and within each of these there are several facilities to explore, such as the Underground mining site, Hydroelectric power station, ...

Teacher resource

Earth and space: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that provides an overview of lessons including worksheets and assessment. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences physics content descriptions in year 7 of the science curriculum. ...

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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Energy from the Sun

Use the Sun's energy to cook food. Select design settings for a solar cooker: shape, direction and surface. Or select design settings for a solar oven: cover, insulation and lining. Choose variables to reach temperatures needed to cook food such as chicken, pasta and bread. This learning object is a combination of four ...

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The water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

This 12 minute video explains the water cycle in the context of the Murray Darling Basin and the great variability in rainfall in the region causing frequent floods and droughts. It highlights the importance of the rivers in the Murray Darling Basin for agriculture, environmental health, water supply, habitat for migratory ...

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Renewable energy

Humans have used fossil fuels since around 1000 BC but our natural resources are ever-decreasing. There's never been a more important time to learn about solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energies.

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Wind farm: pros and cons

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community. Gather facts and opinions from local residents such as a dairy farmer, small business owner, young family and retired people. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, lifestyle ...

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Sustainability action process: Energy use and efficiency (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on energy use and efficiency using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

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About wind energy

This resource is a web page containing information about using wind energy to generate electricity. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of how a wind turbine is used to generate electricity, and provides information about wind energy production and use in Australia. There is a link to a printable PDF ...

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Tidal power

Journey to Bathurst Island where strong tidal currents can be found in the Apsley Strait. Observe how the Nguiu community is investigating the use of tidal power to provide their electricity needs instead of using non-renewable and expensive fossil fuels.