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Sentence builder: prehistoric: tool

Help a caveman use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each rock to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from five groups: when, who, what, where and setting. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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Sentence builder: ocean: tool

Help a mermaid use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each coin to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from four groups: when, who, what and where. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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Rainforest: read a brochure

Read a six-page brochure about the climate of a temperate rainforest in Victoria. Look at maps of Australia showing patterns of temperature and rainfall. Find out what clothing to bring and how to get to the rainforest from the airport. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words. This learning object is the first in ...

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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Show and tell: close encounter

Watch a short cartoon about seeing a lion on a forest path. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add joining words, adverbs ...

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Garden detective: Australian garden

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is a combination ...

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Words and pictures: rhyme time

Meet Di, an artist who paints rhymes. Help Di paint three pictures by creating rhymes. Choose two words that rhyme such as lizard and wizard. Select a third word to make a phrase, for example a bear under a stair. Watch as Di paints a picture of the rhyming phrase. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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My design: talking cat: create own text

Design a talking cat to present at show and tell. Create your cat by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your cat. Decide on a name that suits your talking cat. Add a note about your cat. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...

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Pop star puzzle

Work out what happened to a missing celebrity. Examine clues in a rubbish bin. Note key dates and times of evidence such as a hairdresser's receipt and an invitation. Sort the evidence into chronological order. Use a model structure and sample paragraphs to build your own newspaper article: headline, introduction, summary ...

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Wonderful words, creative stories: pets

Add descriptive words to two simple sentences about a cat and a fish to make the sentences more interesting. Substitute different descriptive words in each sentence. Notice how your choice of words affects the animations for the sentences. Use your two lively sentences as the start and ending of an imaginative story. Check ...

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Wonderful words, creative stories: beach

Add descriptive words to two simple sentences about a boy and a girl at the beach to make the sentences more interesting. Try out different descriptive words in each sentence. Notice how your choice of words affects the animated images in each sentence. Use your two lively sentences as the start and ending of an imaginative ...

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In digestion

Follow the passage of food through the human body. Select foods and drinks and decide how to digest them. For example, choose to chew, to add saliva to the mouth or add gastric juices to the stomach. Watch how the body reacts to changes. Find out more about digestion along the way and answer questions.

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Experience the weather [includes spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar regions. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.

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The take-away bar: generate hard subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 87-29. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Community enterprise: people, economy and the environment

Help a local council to investigate proposals for redeveloping an old factory site. Compare the benefits of building a swimming pool, toy factory or parkland. Gather facts and opinions from local residents at five places: job centre, library, council meeting, talkback radio station and shopping centre. Rate the economic, ...

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Balancing the options: wildlife park

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed wildlife park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, wildlife supporters and the park developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. ...

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Quirky comics: Nǐ de yī shēng: level 1 [Chinese]

Read and listen to a story in Chinese of a boy who responds to a series of mysterious commands to go to different places and wear different disguises. Share his confusion until the end when a surprise is revealed. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try five activities to test your understanding of the ...

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Quirky comics: Nǐ de yī shēng: level 2 [Chinese]

Read and listen to a story in Chinese of a boy who responds to a series of mysterious commands to go to different places and wear different disguises. Share his confusion until the end when a surprise is revealed. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try five activities to test your understanding of the ...

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Quirky comics: Shēngrihuì: level 1 [Chinese]

Watch and listen to a TV interview in Chinese in which an interviewer describes events that do not seem to match the interviewee’s experiences. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try five activities to test your understanding of the vocabulary and sentence structures used in the story.

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Quirky comics: Shēngrihuì: level 2 [Chinese]

Watch and listen to a TV interview in Chinese in which an interviewer describes events that do not seem to match the interviewee’s experiences. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try five activities to test your understanding of the vocabulary and sentence structures used in the story.