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Plant lab

Investigate the effects of four variables - nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration - on the growth of tomatoes. Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Consider the results and write up your observations and conclusions.

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Pepper scatter experiment

Watch what happens in this pepper scatter experiment by Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman. Ruben demonstrates an important property of water, surface tension, by dipping a toothpick into water sprinkled with pepper. Find out what happens when detergent is added.

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Primary Connections: Creators and destroyers

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on volcanic activity on the Earth’s surface. Students explore how volcanoes are formed, how the viscosity of lava effects the shape of volcanoes, the benefits and risks of living near a volcano and how volcanic activity is related to the structure of the Earth. The unit is based ...

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Primary Connections: Circuits and switches

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on electrical circuits, electrical energy and the energy transformations that occur in circuits. Students explore circuits in familiar object such as torches, design their own circuits using energy sources, lights and other components, and explore the energy changes in their circuits. ...

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Primary Connections: Rising salt

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on how soil salinity affects the growth of plants. Students engage in hands on activities, growing their own plants under different conditions and observing the effect of different levels of salinity in their soil. They consider the causes of salinity in Australian soils and the ...

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Fair test: use a fair test: assessment

Assess your ability to set up a scientific fair test to investigate the effects of light duration on the growth of tomatoes. Analyse the results and decide the best answer to a customer's question about how much light is needed to grow tomatoes successfully.


Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and conducting

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources about planning and conducting scientific investigations. The collection is organised into four sections that correspond to the Science Understanding sub-strands of the Australian Curriculum - Biological sciences; Chemical sciences; Earth and space sciences; and Physical ...

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Fair test: design a fair test: assessment

Test your understanding of experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of variables on the growth of tomatoes. Examine the effect of temperature on growth. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions.

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Osmosis in potatoes

Compare osmosis in potatoes placed in three different sugar solution concentrations to find out how osmosis affects the turgidity of plants. Place strips of peeled potato into pure water, 20% sugar solution and 40% sugar solution. Measure the change in length in each case using a digital calliper. Record the data in the ...

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Electronically tagging sea stars

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Dr Miles Lamare describing the process used to electronically tag sea stars. The clip shows Dr Lamare, from a New Zealand university, being interviewed. It also shows footage of Dr Lamare in the laboratory attaching a tag to a sea star; as well as sea stars moving in water ...

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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 ...

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This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on ecosystems. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about ecosystems, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to teaching Science, with a focus ...

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Climate change

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on climate change. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about climate change, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to teaching Science, with ...

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Problem-solving skills with robotics

This teacher facilitates a lesson where students participate in a robotics lesson. The students are encouraged to solve problems by using data. They record their results in Google Docs which allows them to interrogate the results collaboratively and to further their understandings. The teacher encourages his year 5 and ...

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Energy transfers and transformations

At Greenwood Senior High School, Hannah, a graduate teacher, sets her students the task of measuring the dependent variable in a science experiment. The experiment measures the motion and energy of an object in a virtual environment, where the user modifies the independent variable (ie the nature of the object, or the environment). ...

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reSolve: Probability - Forensic Investigations

This lesson investigates real-world applications of probability. Students examine real-world case studies of probability being applied in misleading ways. They assess and explain the flaws in the mathematical methodology used. There is also an emphasis on accurate and inaccurate ways of communicating mathematical concepts ...

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Green packaging lesson

This lesson plan engages students in finding ways to reduce plastic waste in food packaging. Students investigate problems created by plastic waste then observe ways these issues are being addressed. They design new packaging for food items that currently produce excessive waste then test their designs objectively. The ...