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Structural adaptation 1: teeth, tails and talons

A card game engages student interest in structural characteristics of Australian fauna, and encourages consideration of functions of these characteristics within a particular environment.

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Reading an informative text: Fashion rules!

This is an HTML resource for middle to upper primary students about how to answer reading comprehension questions that require them to compare, contrast, synthesise or classify information in an informative text. The resource has three tabs: Introduction; Text and questions; and Answer key. The Introduction tab discusses ...

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'A blazing light: For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' by Georgia Walters

'A blazing light' by Georgia Walters is a poem commemorating the death of Buddhist Lama Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in which the narrator remembers him fondly and ponders questions about existence and the afterlife. The poem has the subtitle 'For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' and is laid out in a simple single column, ...

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'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser

'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser recounts a Jewish schoolboy's attempts to gain popularity by being associated with a newly formed school rugby team. The narrator, Nathan, recounts his failure to make the team as a player. His persistent attempts not to be entirely left out result in him being taken on as ...

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'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe

'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe is a poem in which the narrator summons memories of her absent mother captured in unhappy domestic situations. Thoughts of her mother feeding the rabbits on a cold winter's night is the one memory the narrator finds the 'nicest'. The poem is presented in a white box on a black background ...

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'Untitled' ('Poem for a journey') by Anna Dunnill

'Untitled' ('Poem for a journey') by Anna Dunnill evokes the speaker's state of grief and indecision and then imagines the slow and painful movement towards healing and renewal. The poem is laid out as a single column, surrounded by clean white swirling lines growing up against a black background.

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'The time I leapt into the sky ...' by Wanyima Wighton

'The time I leapt into the sky ...' by Wanyima Wighton is a short fiction in which the narrator describes taking flight interposed with memories of childhood - the adventures, games and imaginings. The piece is on a single page in two columns.

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'Timeless' by Benjamin Teicher

In the allegorical short story 'Timeless' by Benjamin Teicher, Walter, an old clock repairman, contemplates his future as the world prepares for time to stop. On a house call to fix an antique grandfather clock, Walter learns from its owner that scientists have developed a machine that will cause time to stop in the near ...

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'Desert music' by Marley Berry-Pearce

'Desert music', by Marley Berry-Pearce, is a story about a boy who, while staying in a community with Aboriginal friends Felix and Jeremy and learning from them about the land and their culture, is challenged by some strange occurrences. The boy, who has been given the skin name Jangala, is taken on a hunting and food-gathering ...

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Reproduction in ancient fish

This information sheet describes the results of study by Museum Victoria scientists of 380-million-year-old fossil fish from Gogo, Western Australia. It outlines discoveries relating to how these early fish reproduced. It includes an animation showing how mating occurred.

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Fish fossils from Gogo

This is an information sheet describing some of the fish fossils found at Gogo, Western Australia.

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Gogo fish fossil site

This information sheet provides information about Museum Victoria’s fossil-hunting expeditions to Gogo in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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Fossil mother fish

This is an information sheet that tells the story of the discovery of a fossil fish that is the world's oldest vertebrate mother. Also available is an animation showing the mother fish giving birth and a video of Dr John Long describing the find, how the fossils are prepared, and their significance.

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Collaborating for Indigenous rights, 1957-73

This resource explores 15 years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, a time of unusual collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists in Australia. Alliances were formed between Indigenous Australians motivated to help their people and non-Indigenous Australians wanting to redress the injustices suffered ...

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Summary of James Holmes Fleming's wartime service in 'Mapping our Anzacs', 1915

The document seen here is an extract from the First World War service dossier of James Holmes Fleming, as it appears on the National Archives of Australia website, 'Mapping our Anzacs'. This highly important website contains 375,971 records of service in the Australian Army during the First World War. It is accessed via ...

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Teeang Wee, 1922

This is a collection of primary source documents about Chinese Australians in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. It is introduced by the Victorian Letters of naturalisation for Teang Wee, seen here. The document is part of a National Archives online exhibits page showcasing the types of records it ...

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Wlochowitz family: migrants to Australia, 1950s

This is a collection of primary-source documents about post-Second World War migrants Roman and Rosa Wlochowitz and their family, who came to Australia from Germany in the 1950s. It is introduced by the medical information form, seen here, for their three daughters, Christel, Gudrun and Monika. This form is part of a National ...

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S-tunes

Are music downloads a CD swan song? The application form for a radio DJ included the question 'What CD do you currently have loaded in your CD player?' The young applicant responded, 'I don’t own a CD player.' The Y-gen are techno savvy, but at what cost? A song from popular online stores costs around $1.30 each. A compilation ...

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Academy awards

This resource considers the question 'Are the Academy Awards an ageist and sexist institution?' An unusual question for a mathematics class, but the answer lies in the data. In this activity, students collect, represent and analyse data relating to the Academy awards and compare the ages of the male and female award winners. ...

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Probable factors

What are the chances that a randomly generated quadratic equation will factorise? In this activity, the x coefficient in the equation is generated by rolling a pair of dice and summing the result. The constant in the equation is generated by rolling another pair of dice and finding the product. There are 1296 possible equations. ...