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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Classification and constructing dichotomous keys

In this lesson, you will learn how and why scientists organise living and non-living things in a logical order. Diana will show you how to construct a dichotomous key for classification, and she’ll give you a chance to try it yourself at home.

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Ladybirds

This program encourages people to observe and identify ladybirds in their own backyard. There is the potential to discover a new species or identify an introduced and harmful member of this group of insects.

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Frogman

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst shows a field trip with Dr Conrad Hoskin who has been scouring the tropical rainforests of north Queensland for frogs. He explains his research and the links between classification or taxonomy and evolution.

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Great pampa finch

This is a colour photograph of a preserved great pampa finch ('Embernagra platensis'). The tail of this specimen is missing. Identification labels and cataloguing numbers are attached to the specimen.

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Crested weedfish

This is a preserved specimen of a crested weedfish ('Cristiceps aurantiacus', but labelled 'Auchenopterus aysoni' in this specimen). It was collected by a Mr Stephenson in 1901 in the Bay of Islands, in the north of the North Island of New Zealand. It is head down in alcohol in a glass jar on which two labels are pasted. ...

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'Classifying the treasures', 1929-31

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Frank Hurley of an evening scene in the wardroom of the ship 'Discovery' during the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) to Antarctica, 1929-31. The title typed on its cardboard mount calls the picture 'Classifying the Treasures' and indicates ...

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Dugongs

This 6 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how the dugong, a vulnerable to endangered species is protected and that very little is known about it. Biologists are capturing animals to get baseline information about their blood and tissues in an effort to find out more about them and to secure their future. They are ...

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Shape sorter: polygons

Help sort shapes, in the shape factory. Examine examples of shapes and determine if they belong in the Yes polygon set. Examine examples of shapes that do not belong in the set. Work out what features of the polygon are important and test your ideas by sorting some shapes. Then program the robot and see if it sorts the ...

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reSolve: Patterns: Attribute Train

This sequence of two lessons explores the similarity and differences of objects based on attributes. The sequence begins by looking at the attributes of colour and shape and then introduces a third attribute of size. Students are asked to determine what an object might look like when one or two of its attributes are changed. ...

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Animal search: is it a mammal: assessment: teacher guide

Use this guide with 'Animal search: is it a mammal: assessment' (L9176). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on the main anticipated levels ...

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Animal search: is it a reptile: assessment: teacher guide

Use this guide with 'Animal search: is it a reptile: assessment' (L9177). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on the main anticipated levels ...

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Animal search: is it an amphibian: assessment: teacher guide

Use this guide with 'Animal search: is it an amphibian: assessment' (L9178). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on the main anticipated ...

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Seahorses

This six and a half minute video segment from Catalyst shows one of the most beautiful and bizarre creatures under the sea, the seahorse. Their highly unusual reproduction has not been sufficient to overcome the impacts of habitat destruction and human predation.

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Weedy Seadragons

This five and a half minute video segment from Catalyst demonstrates how tagging is being used to study populations of sea dragons. The Weedy Seadragon is one of the most visually striking creatures in the sea but we still have a lot to learn about them.

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Fingerprinting school students

Have you ever been fingerprinted on your way into class? In this clip, you will explore one school that trialled a fingerprinting system for its students. Find out who supports this system, who doesn't, and why.

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SMART Notebook: Classify marine creatures

This is an interactive whiteboard resource introducing classification. It uses dichotomous keys to determine types of marine animals.

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Garden detective: Australian garden

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 content is also suitable for use ...

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Activity: cool questions and activities about wildlife

This is a web resource that provides a teacher guide for a class lesson about types of living things, accompanied by a student activity sheet. The teacher guide provides a lesson plan with questions about mammals, birds, insects and plants and suggests a class discussion about why we need them. The student activity sheet ...

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Captain Ahab learns about whales

Have you ever wondered how long whales have been swimming around in our oceans, and where they came from? Watch this short skit in which knowledgeable shipmate Ishmael (otherwise known as young scientist Cassandra) explains the evolutionary history of whales to Captain Ahab.

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Testing the 5-second rule

When it comes to dropping food, have you heard of the 5-second rule? Or the 3-second rule? Watch this video to learn what really happens when you drop food. In order to cause disease, what must bacteria do? What circumstances allow bacteria and viruses to contaminate food more successfully?