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Primary Connections: Watch it grow

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the growth, development, reproduction and death of different organisms. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an ...

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Primary Connections: Feathers, fur or leaves

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how to distinguish living and non-living things as well as how to classify living things. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons ...

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Primary Connections: Up, down and all around

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the changes that occur to natural, managed and constructed environments. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form ...

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Primary Connections: Among the gum trees

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the biology of eucalyptus trees. Students identify eucalyptus trees in their local environments and explore the life cycle of eucalypts, including germinating their own collected seeds. They investigate how eucalyptus trees form part of a complex ecosystem and research the ...

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Primary Connections: Melting moments

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how a solid is affected by heating and a liquid by cooling. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an integrated sequence ...

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Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

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Exploring light

This sequence of tasks and resources investigates light including how light is absorbed, reflected and refracted. Activities include looking at how a telescope uses light, and how light travelling through, or reflected from, surfaces can create illusions, images and shadows. The interactive resource ‘Optics and images’ ...

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Biodiversity and the Great Barrier Reef teacher resource booklet

This is a teaching and learning resource that contains over 40 pages of student resources and a number of teacher resources about the biology, chemistry and environmental pressures of coral reef and marine ecosystems. The student resources include worksheets, investigations and structured discussions on a range of topics, ...

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Planting fruit and vegetables

In this sequence of lessons students grow a plant from seed, capturing each step and decision as an algorithmic process and recording data for future learning.

Interactive resource

Exploring atoms: atom and ion bingo

Explore subatomic particles and how they combine to form atoms and ions. Compare different ways of modelling atoms. Use nuclear symbols to represent different isotopes. Build atoms and ions by combining protons, neutrons and electrons. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. Three of the objects are also ...

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Eyeball challenge: slingshot puzzle

Investigate a range of animal eyes: dog, cat, bee, fish, eagle and human. Discover how these animals see things in different ways because their eyes have different structures. For example, look at an animal's field of view, how it focuses and sees colours. Choose eyes to hit distant targets and unlock a secret chamber. ...

Interactive resource

Garden detective: group Australian animals

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Soil types [no spoken instructions]

Build sandcastles from three different soil types: sand, loam and clay. Compare results when adding water or compacting soil. Explore soil properties of density and stickiness.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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Create Balinese shadow puppets

This is an activity consisting of a list of materials and a set of instructions for creating a Balinese shadow puppet. There are four steps of instruction for students to follow, with links to downloads for two styles of puppet template, as well as performance outlines for two plays. There is a linked video that shows a ...

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Analysing language in narrative texts

A teacher of a class of 20 students, of whom 7 are learning English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D), selects age-appropriate content from the Year 3 English learning area in the Australian Curriculum. The lesson is part of a unit of work that analyses narrative texts and integrates content from the Language, Literature ...

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Aboriginal science tools: the morah stone

This is an article about morah stones, incised grinding stones from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland, and how they were used by the local Aboriginal peoples to process toxic starchy seeds and kernels. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes ...

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Circuits - upper primary

This collection of 11 digital curriculum resources is organised in three categories - types of circuits; circuit applications; and conductors and insulators. Interactive learning objects enable students to build and manipulate simple series and parallel electric circuits. Students investigate how current flows, effects ...

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Activities on the Great Barrier Reef, c1930

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary with introductory music, a spoken soundtrack and an opening intertitle that reads, 'Glimpses of the Great Barrier Reef'. The soundtrack begins with the narrator explaining that people are gathering specimens at low tide. The scene then changes to show several types of ...

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Meet a scientist: geologist

Explore information about a geologist. Learn about their life and work. Find out why they enjoy their area of research. Choose statements that match the biographical profile. This learning object is one in a series of nine objects. Some objects in the series are also packaged as combined learning objects.