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Curriculum content descriptions

Participate in guided investigations and make observations using the senses (ACSIS011)

Elaborations
  • using sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell so that students can gather information about the world around them
ScOT terms

Observations (Data),  Perception

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Weather watch: Connected Learning Experience

In this Connected Learning Experience (CLE) , students investigate weather and how it affects them in the context of observing cloud formation, observing the effects of wind and describing changes in temperature.

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Make it move: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, students explore ways objects move. They observe and compare the movements of various objects that they interact with when playing.

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What is a cumulus cloud?

There are many different types of clouds, all with different names. Here, Brianna finds out what a cumulus cloud is. What are other types of clouds?

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What is a meteor?

Brianna and Professor Jonti Horner look up into the night sky to find out more about shooting stars. What is a shooting star made of and why do they fall from the sky?

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Why do mosquito bites itch?

What sounds do mosquitoes makes, and can you find out why those irritating little mosquito bites itch so much? Why do we need mosquitoes? Where do they fit in an ecosystem?

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Why do we need bones?

Join Brianna and Professor Emma Duncan as they discuss why we need bones. Where are our smallest and hardest bones? Learn more about how the human body works with this animated video.

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Jack and what grows the beanstalk

This sequence of six lessons introduces students to the concept of photosynthesis and the role it plays in food production. Based on real photosynthesis and sustainability research, the unit uses the 5E inquiry-based approach and includes easy to set and see science displays, word games, practical activities and maths learning ...

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The beagle: a nose that always knows

Meet Junior, a beagle who sniffs out all sorts of things, especially treats. Listen as Josie tells us about life with her pet dog. People say that beagles have the most amazing sense of smell. Does Junior? Find out.

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A poem about taste

Imagine what life would be like if you couldn't taste anything. This rhyming poem will help you think about the importance of our sense of taste.

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Steam or just a load of hot air?

Take a journey with two 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools Prize finalists, as they present their take on the history of steam power. See how they link steam power, the properties of water and the way energy is converted. WARNING: if flickering light affects you, you may be best to avoid watching this video.

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Plants in our daily lives

Can you imagine a world without plants? Do you agree that plants are important to our lives? Listen to Nick explain the amazing variety of ways you use plants every day, often without knowing it.

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Scientists in Antarctica

Explore the driest, windiest, coldest place on Earth. Discover why scientists flock to Antarctica every year. This clip explains how studying the tiny bubbles buried in the Antarctic ice can teach us about what the Earth was like long ago.

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Forensics track drugs back to their origin

Scientists are helping police to identify the place of origin of illicit drugs that arrive on Australian shores. Watch this clip to find out how scientific analysis, computer databases and police investigation are used together to determine the source of drugs such as cocaine. Discover that international efforts are involved ...

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Snapshots of top Australian scientists

Australia has produced many of the world's top scientists. Watch this clip to discover who some of them are. Explore the scientific discoveries that made them famous, and how they changed our understanding of the world.

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Re-creation of Shackleton's Antarctic survival

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out on an expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. But things went horribly wrong when their ship was crushed by ice on the way. In this news clip, witness an Australian scientist about to set out with five others to re-create Shackleton's remarkable journey of survival, ...

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Writing a scientist's journal

Imagine you are a scientist who discovered a prehistoric animal in one of Australia's harshest environments. This is what happened to Dr Nick Murphy, an evolutionary biologist from La Trobe University. He was very excited to discover several new species of crustaceans living in desert springs near Lake Eyre. Learn about ...

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How does the retina work?

When electrons in your retina absorb photons of light they don't emit light, they cause a molecule to change shape - and that lets you see colour!

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Puzzling migration of eels and monarch butterflies

Scientists have many questions about the migratory habits of eels and monarch butterflies, and new research uncovers some of the secrets. Watch this clip to discover how satellite technology is helping to track eels. You'll also find out what organs are involved in helping monarch butterflies find their way. You will be ...

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Could you make a unicorn by crossing DNA?

Good question! Find out whether this is possible by watching as biologist at MIT, Dr Sera Thornton explains. What is a genome? And why do genomes need to be decoded? If the rhino genome was successfully decoded and the part that described the rhino horn was isolated, what would the process be for creating a unicorn?

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Earth rocks

Explore how forces and energy are continually shaping and changing the Earth's surface. Find out about fast and slow changes and the connection between them first observed by English scientist Charles Lyell. Discover the Earth's age, how rocks form, what they contain, and what they reveal about the Earth's long history.