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Is it an animal or a plant?

This is an information sheet describing the five major categories of living things: bacteria, protozoans, animals, fungi and plants.

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Tessellate decorate: rectangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of rectangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of rectangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the rectangles in the play space. This ...

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Tessellate decorate: squares

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of squares. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of squares to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the squares in the play space. This learning ...

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Tessellate decorate: right-angled triangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of right-angled triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of right-angled triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the right-angled ...

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'Frog atlas' for South Australia - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing where frog species are found in South Australia, and is known as the 'Frog atlas'. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and ...

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Languages online: memory game maker

Students can use this tool to make their own interactive memory game in which a player must find up to six matching pairs of cards arranged in two rows. Students can create text, pictures or sounds on each row of cards. They can customise the look and sound of the game. Also included are five files for students and teachers ...

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Decoding the platypus genome

Find out what scientists have discovered from decoding the platypus genome. Learn how these discoveries provide some surprising insights into this unusual animal's underwater feeding, number of sex chromosomes, protection of its young and evolution of the male platypus's venomous spur.

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Volcanic eruptions at Mount Ruapehu

Imagine a volcano erupting kilometres away. You are afraid, worried for the safety of yourself and others. Paul Willis presents the work of New Zealand volcanologists conducting research at Mount Ruapehu, a volcano with a history of devastating lahar (water, sediment and rocks) flows. Learn more about lahar flows and the ...

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Why do cows make milk?

Have you ever wondered why cows make milk? In this clip you will learn the answer to this question. You will also see how cows are milked in a large dairy. Join Bill, a dairy farmer, as he tends to his herd of dairy cows.

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Observing a flying fox

Take a close look at the flying mammal called the flying fox, or fruit bat. Watch these furry flyers as they leave their roosts to find food. Discover how and why they climb trees. See how these animals fly like birds but are not birds.

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Observing a swan

Join Don Spencer as he observes (looks carefully at) a black swan. Discover a surprise under this bird's black outer feathers. Watch how differently the swan moves on land and in water.

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Breathing under the water

What would it be like to breathe under water? See the equipment humans use to help them swim under water. Find out about the special features fish have that help them 'breathe' under water.

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Spinifex research

What does spinifex grass contain that might prove useful in modern buildings? Watch this clip and discover how Aboriginal knowledge, combined with Western science, is unlocking the potential of spinifex. Find out about this natural resource and how it could become a new, sustainable material for the building industry.

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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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Cooking food in the past and present

How might your family cook without electricity or gas? See what some kitchens of people from long ago looked like. Discover ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cook some food.

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South Australia's ancient sea fossils

Come on a palaeontologist's dig at Emu Bay, South Australia, and discover some weird-looking creatures frozen in stone. Find out what these fossils tell scientists about life on the ancient sea floor. There is a demonstration of how a fossil is formed, and you'll be surprised by the types of materials that have been preserved.

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Native plant seed bank

Did you know there is a special bank in which Australian native plant seeds are deposited? In this clip, Gardening Australia presenter, Angus Stewart visits the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan to investigate the work of a seed bank. Find out about the process the scientists at the seed bank use to obtain and prepare ...

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Towra Team connects with country

Discover the cultural significance of some native plants to the local Indigenous peoples of the Botany Bay region. Find out the many ways these plants can be used. Gardening Australia's Clarence Slockee joins Dean Kelly (park officer) and the Towra Team, a group of trainees from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community, on a ...

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Patterns around us

Dodly and Flynn find out what a pattern is, and look at different patterns around them. They work out what comes next by continuing the patterns. They make and continue patterns with fruit, shells, steps and singing.

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The Patch school garden

Explore an inspirational school garden at The Patch Primary School, Victoria with Gardening Australia's John Patrick. As well as a huge range of diverse plants, the school garden contains chickens and ducks, mazes and student's artwork. The teacher and students talk about their garden and the things they are learning from it.