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NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

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Food chains: the desert

Create food chains to describe interactions within a desert environment. Look at the feeding patterns between plants and animals. Arrange producers and consumers into a food chain such as spinifex>bilby>eagle. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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Scientists at work

This is a collection of 19 digital curriculum resources that allows students to investigate examples of scientific endeavour related to the flow of matter and energy in ecosystems. The collection comprises 12 images, 6 videos and 1 interactive with first-hand accounts from scientists undertaking authentic research in the ...

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What is an ecologist?

This is a colour video clip in which marine ecologist Associate Professor Stephen Wing of the University of Otago talks about the work of ecologists. He gives an overview of the types of questions that are investigated by ecologists and explains why he enjoys his work. Photographs of marine organisms and ecologists at work ...

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Studying Habitats

Students use this resource consisting of four slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the type of observations and measurements that need to be made when studying an ecosystem. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Interdependence

Students use this resource consisting of eight slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand what is a community and how different organisms within a community depend on each other for their survival. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Habitats

Students use this resource consisting of four slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the relationship between habitat and ecosystem and important factors in some habitats. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Why do mosquito bites itch?

What sounds do mosquitoes makes, and can you find out why those irritating little mosquito bites itch so much? Why do we need mosquitoes? Where do they fit in an ecosystem?

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Working as an ecologist

This is a colour video clip in which marine ecologist Dr Candida Savage of the University of Otago in New Zealand talks about her work, what led her to it and why she enjoys doing it. She explains how her research involves a variety of experiences, requiring creativity and collaboration with other scientists in many different ...

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Food bowl or dustbowl?

This ABC In Depth feature article deals with the complex political, economic, scientific and legal issues associated with the management of the Murray-Darling Basin. This resource deals with important issues but is dated to 2008.

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Making a garden for students

Explore a school vegetable garden where bush tucker plants, such as midgen berry, grow alongside common vegetables, like lettuce and silverbeet. Gardening Australia's Clarence Slockee, visits a Sydney primary school and helps the students and teacher plant new edible garden. Discover the names and uses of some traditional ...

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Ant safari

This ABC In Depth feature article includes some good advice for exploring local ant populations as well as an excellent information report on Australian ants: the different types and their roles.

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Mangroves

What is so great about mangroves? Get to know all about the 'swampy metropolis' in this short science animation.

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Sunfish seekers

This ABC In Depth feature article is an interesting and lengthy account of this highly unusual fish and the reason it is threatened, despite its enormous reproductive capacity. Issues with difficulty in tracking these animals and the need for further research are explained.

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Earth's extremes sheds light on life on Mars

Join astrobiologist Louisa Preston as she explores extreme environments on Earth to better understand the potential for life on Mars. Find out what types of microscopic organisms survive in these hostile environments. Discover why Rovers sent to Mars are looking for evidence of carbon. What might be found at a site on Mars ...

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How climate change can affect turtle population

Did you know that the temperature of some reptile eggs can affect the sex of the hatchlings? For turtles, if the sand where eggs are buried is hotter than 29 degrees Celsius, the hatchlings are likely to be female. Based on this, how might climate change affect the world's turtle population?

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Interdependence in the environment

Within an ecosystem there are interdependent relationships between the species of that environment which are recognised and understood in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ecological knowledge and practices. This classroom activity provides students with the opportunity to develop science understanding of the interdependencies ...

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Composting and worm farms

What's a good way to create a worm farm in your school yard? Find out the novel approach Swan Valley Anglican Community School uses and how they make garden compost. In this clip, Josh Byrne explains how the worm farm was created, as well as showing how a chicken house was built, as well as explaining other great composting ideas.

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Macrobiotica – science @ the lakes

In this resource students work as scientists while exploring their local environment in the real world of scientific endeavour. Games and animations are used to model the real experience of investigating a freshwater lake. This version of the Macrobiotica resource has been modified for Internet use by removing Teaching ...

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Future earth: resource book of ideas for national science week 2017

This is a resource book of ideas, activities, background science notes and case studies to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about what’s involved in attaining and maintaining a sustainable ‘Future Earth’. The webpage also ...