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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

Interactive resource

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.

Interactive resource

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 ...

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 ...

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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Sustainable table: the coming famine

This is a website about the key issues related to global food insecurity. It contains sections on the scarcity of primary resources; land degradation; land scarcity; waste; climate change; consequences of inaction; and proposed solutions. Photographs, statistics, graphs, maps and figures support the information. This resource ...

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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

Check your wind

Use a wind generator to create power for a lighthouse. Set the blade length and angle of the blade to the wind to suit wind speed for one year. Try to maximise energy efficiency of the wind generator so that enough electricity is created to power the lighthouse, while at the same time minimising the use of diesel fuel. ...

Interactive resource

Energy from the Sun: design a solar oven and start cooking

Use the Sun's energy to cook food. Select design settings for a solar oven: cover, insulation and lining. Choose variables to reach temperatures needed to cook food such as chicken, fish and bread. This learning object is one in a series of four objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Energy-efficient house: information

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined ...

Interactive resource

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 ...

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 ...

Interactive resource

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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Enough water fit for drinking: student guide

This is a student guide that contains information and hands-on inquiry activities about water for the Australian Curriculum: Science for year 7. It covers Chemical sciences and Earth sciences content descriptions. The resource integrates the year 7 strands of Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science ...

Interactive resource

Energy from the Sun: design a solar cooker and start cooking

Use the Sun's energy to cook food. Select design settings for a solar cooker: shape, direction and surface. Choose variables to reach temperatures needed to cook food such as chicken, pizza and eggs. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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, ...

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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 ...

Interactive resource

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.