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Wishball challenge: tenths

Test your understanding of decimal place value with numbers that include tenths. Receive a starting number, such as 128.9, and work towards turning it into a target number, such as 845.6. Spin a random digit, choose its decimal place value and use the given operation (either addition or subtraction) on your starting number. ...

Wishball challenge: hundredths

Test your understanding of decimal place value with numbers that include hundredths. Receive a starting number, such as 46.87, and work towards turning it into a target number, such as 85.32. Spin a random digit, choose its decimal place value and use the given operation (either addition or subtraction) on your starting ...

Shape maker: simple shapes: assessment

Test your understanding of how the transformations of spinning and extruding can change some of the most basic 2D shapes (such as squares, triangles and circles) into various 3D shapes, such as cylinders, cones and different prisms. Visualise the effect of a particular transformation on a selected 2D shape. Predict whether ...

Shape maker: complex shapes: assessment

Test your understanding of how the transformations of spinning and extruding can change some less basic 2D shapes (such as a pentagon, cross, crescent and trapezium) into specific atypical 3D shapes. Visualise the effect of a particular transformation on a selected 2D shape. Predict whether the result will match a given ...

Animal research

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources looks at different aspects of animal research. It is arranged under three headings: collecting and identifying animals, field research and laboratory research. Video clips show researchers employing different scientific methods to conduct studies, including analysing samples ...

Formulating hypotheses

This collection of 10 digital curriculum resources is organised in two categories - hypothesising in years 9 and 10; and hypothesising in years 7-10. Through the collection students explore the concept of scientific hypotheses and are introduced to important terminology. Using some of the learning objects students formulate ...

Using 'Metal munchers: assessment' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes video footage showing how a teacher uses the interactive assessment object L7557 'Metal munchers: assessment' to test year 5-6 students' understanding of the properties of metals. It describes and provides access to the interactive digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant ...

Predict-observe-explain

This animated resource describes and illustrates the 'Predict-observe-explain' teaching strategy. It is one of a suite of strategies included in the 'Science by Doing' Inquiry-based Teaching Professional Learning module. This is one of six strategies that can be used to complement and support an inquiry-based approach to ...

Mystery bag

In this mathematical activity, students make predictions about the contents of a mystery bag based on their own small sample. Students share information and reflect on and modify their predictions. Students choose a sample size they believe will be sufficient to make an accurate prediction and then check their predictions.

Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Metal munchers: assessment' (L7557). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student input related to performing tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. ...

Life without chemistry

Rebuild everyday products in a city. Test the properties of industrial materials. Choose materials suited to making items such as cars, buildings and clothing.

Slime emergency

Restart the engine of a spaceship. Identify four materials that can be used as a liquid fuel. Test the state of materials at different temperatures.

Mine rescue

Rescue three miners trapped by fire. Select and test gases to find out which gas will put out the fire and which gas the miners can breathe.

Skateboard race [Windows version]

Help a teenager to fit new wheels for his skateboard. Test the strength and hardness of materials such as glass, aluminium and polyurethane. Choose the most suitable material.

Grumpy in the desert

Help a friend who has crashed his car in the desert and jumbled up food and equipment. Recover ingredients needed to make tea from the mixed-up supplies. Separate mixtures by using scientific techniques such as distillation, filtration, centrifuging and magnetism.

Inter-galactic cook-off

Compete in a televised cookery show. Test different combinations of cooking ingredients. Find five combinations that result in a chemical change such as acid-base reactions.

Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.

Exploring probability

Look at the probability of a snowboarder choosing any one of six ski runs down a mountain. Compare expected probabilities with experimental results. Examine outcomes illustrated in graphs and probabilities expressed as fractions and percentages. Notice there is likely to be a greater variation between expected and actual ...

Metal munchers: assessment

Assess your ability to make predictions and explain your observations. Protect a spaceship from metal-munching aliens by identifying metals to feed to them. Perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. For example, test whether wool will conduct electricity. Explain which tests are most useful ...

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.