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BBC Landscapes: map skills - grid references

This interactive resource engages students in mapping activities that relate to grid references, map scales, map symbols and the four basic compass points. Students are introduced to the concepts via text descriptions and demonstrate their learning by responding to multiple-choice questions. This resource is one of a series ...

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Orienteering: using a map and compass

Orienteering requires knowledge of directions, an ability to read a map and the use of a magnetic compass. Find out about the basics of orienteering.

Teacher resource

Bee habitat lesson

This lesson plan introduces students to some of Australia's native bee species. Organised in five stages, the lesson plan includes links to videos, scientific and bee-related websites, an information sheet, and downloadable versions of a pictorial slideshow, lesson plan and an assessment rubric. The resource includes suggestions ...

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Plotting points using positive coordinates: first quadrant

This learning object introduces students to plotting points in the first quadrant of the Cartesian plane. It includes demonstrations of point plotting and a student activity.

Teacher resource

Secondary mathematics: different representations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'representations' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers use different representations ...

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'Budgerigars in the Sandhills' by Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, 1975

This acrylic painting represents the travels of the Budgerigar ancestors during the Dreaming. On their journey, the ancestors stop to camp in sandhill country around Ilpitirri near Mount Denison. The camps are depicted as concentric circles superimposed on a background mosaic of sand dunes, broken by patches of desert plants. ...

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Building basic fraction skills

This collection of 13 interactive learning objects is organised into four categories - introduction to fractions; naming fractions; fraction applications; and comparing and ordering fractions. The learning objects develop an understanding of the relationship between spatial, symbolic and written forms of a fraction. They ...

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Zebra markings - mathematics activities

This photograph of zebras shows the natural markings on the animals. The origin and purpose of the zebras' pelt markings may intrigue many students. The scientific explanation (the work of gifted mathematicians, biologists and chemists) is quite sophisticated. These images provide an opportunity to address concepts of symmetry, ...

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'The eight Dreamings', 1991

This is a painting in synthetic polymer paint on canvas made in 1991 by Michael Nelson Tjakamarra (c1946-). Measuring 227 cm x 227 cm, the work is a 'dot style' painting that shows a plan-view map of country with various Dreaming sites marked by symbols. The main motif of the composition is a thick red line with five circles ...

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Painting Country, 2000: Maps of country

This clip shows full-screen shots of Aboriginal paintings that are maps of the artists' country or homeland. These paintings trace the land's topography, but also contain personal history, mythology and the Dreaming tracks that crisscross this country. Aboriginal lawman Tjumpo Tjapanangka is shown talking about his land ...

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'Wanatjalnga' by Charlie Tjaruru (Tarawa) Tjungurrayi, 1974

This acrylic painting represents a woman called Walinngi who travelled alone during the Dreaming towards the Gordon Hills in Western Australia. In the claypan and hill country near Wanatjalnga she tracked a small bird to its nest, a hole in the ground, into which it disappeared. Walinngi made a wana (digging stick), cutting ...

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'Honey ant hunt' by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975

This acrylic painting depicts the three hills at Papunya that form an important Dreaming site, representing the body of a huge ancestral honey ant. They also indicate where ancestral honey ants returned to the ground after travelling during the Dreaming. The underground network of ant chambers is regarded as a tula (meeting ...

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'Tingarri Dreaming at Nariboruka' (Naripuruka) by George (Dr George) Tjapaltjarri, 1977

This acrylic painting represents Naripuruka, a cluster of rock holes deep in the sandhill country of the Pintupi people. A large group of Tingarri Men gathered there for secret ceremonies. In the narrative associated with this place the key ancestor is Luurnpa (the Old Kingfisher Man). The painting by George (Dr George) ...

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: which way?

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best direction of travel for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: how far?

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best distance for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Interactive resource

Hopper: whole numbers

Help a frog to jump along a number line. Estimate the finishing point on a number line, after adding or subtracting multiples of whole numbers to a starting number. For example, 255+(10 x 4) = 295. Explore the patterns made on a counting grid and number line. Identify counting rules that match the pattern of 'landing spots' ...

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Hopper challenge: tenths

Help a frog to jump along a number line. Estimate the exact finishing point on a number line, after adding or subtracting multiples of tenths to a starting number. For example, 29.5+(12 x 0.2) = 31.9. Explore the patterns made on a counting grid and number line. Identify counting rules that match the pattern of 'landing ...

Interactive resource

Design a city

Help a town planner to design a site plan for a city. Using a 10x20 grid, design areas for two regions (schools and terraces) based on the percentages given. Assign the area for an additional six regions, using percentages of your choice. Observe the number line displaying equivalent fractions and decimals for the percentages ...

Interactive resource

Design a farm

Help a town planner to design a site plan for a farm. Using a 10x20 grid, design areas for two regions (orchards and houses) based on the decimals given. Assign the area for an additional six regions, using decimals of your choice. Observe the number line displaying equivalent fractions and percentages for the decimals ...

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Design a school

Help a town planner to design a site plan for a school. Using a 10x10 grid, design areas for four regions (library, car park, lawn and canteen) based on the percentages given. Assign the area for an additional two regions, using percentages of your choice. Use a number line to indicate the equivalent fractions for two regions. ...