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Listed under:  Science  >  Earth and space  >  Universe  >  Meteors


This is an information sheet about meteorites, covering their sources, composition, classification, systems of naming and Australian laws governing their ownership.



This is an information sheet on australites, a dark, glassy type of tektite. 

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Meteorites, asteroids, orbiting and gravity

Learn how Galileo Galilei's work overturned Aristotle's ideas about falling objects and led to an understanding that Earth revolves around the sun. Find out how Isaac Newton showed that the laws of motion on Earth and in space are the same, and that he discovered that the gravitational force of attraction between any two ...

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The night of the bilby: safe habitat [ESL]

Survey a desert environment to see if it is a suitable area to release bilbies. Estimate the amount of food available by trapping insects and small animals. Inspect the habitat for animal tracks made by predators or competitors. Fence the area to keep out unwanted animals and then remove any remaining threats. This learning ...


'Scientific whaling' cartoon by Pat Campbell, 2006

This is a colour-wash sketch by Pat Campbell that comments on the of killing of whales for scientific purposes by Japan. It shows a ship with a whale harpoon gun in the shape of a microscope operated by two Japanese men. Further information is available for this resource.


Threatened Australian animals

This collection of 20 digital curriculum resources contains a diverse selection of Australia’s threatened animals. It is organised according to their conservation status - endangered, vulnerable or extinct - and includes many images of animals in their natural environment or in museums as preserved specimens. Videos show ...


Native Australian insects

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources about native Australian insects is organised into five categories - body structure; feeding; life cycle; nests and shelters; and social organisation. Images in this collection demonstrate some important and interesting features of insects. Two interactive learning objects ...


Animal behaviours

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources allows students to investigate a range of animal behaviours - defensive behaviours; reproductive behaviours; locomotion; communication; feeding behaviours; adaptive behaviours; and nesting behaviours. Images enable students to build a picture of behaviours such as the strategies ...

Teacher resource

Creating a picture book with an environmental theme - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help students create a well-written story with an environmental theme and then to self-publish it as a picture book. It focuses on: the symbiosis and synergy between creatures and their habitat; the research required to write a story that has a strong basis in fact; the elements of a picture ...

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Give a frog a home - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on frogs. Students investigate the metamorphosis of tadpoles as they develop into frogs. They consider the contributions of frogs to the environment and develop an action plan to create a frog-friendly environment.

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Bug business - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on minibeasts - the bugs, insects and other tiny creatures usually found under our feet. Students investigate: how to recognise common minibeasts; the characteristics of insects in particular; their life cycles and needs; their habits and habitats; their contribution to the environment; and how ...

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Bedtime stories - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea students create picture storybooks integrating digital and non-digital resources. Engaging student-centred classroom activities supports students as they apply their learning to developing and publishing their ‘bedtime stories’.

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‘True’ stories - unit of work

In this unit of work, students take on the role of an author’s research assistant to investigate one of the introduced species that live in the Australian bush. Then, rather than limiting themselves to writing a report, they are challenged to weave their factual research into a creative story about the creature.

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Frog tales - unit of work

Students investigate frogs by examining a collection of fiction and non-fiction resources and creating a class anthology of frog stories.

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About frogs - unit of work

Students examine the characteristics and diversity of frog species in their local area.

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Frogs as environmental indicators - unit of work

Students examine the important role frogs play in their terrestrial ecosystems and why they are considered ‘environmental indicators’.

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Helpful or harmful? - unit of work

This unit focuses on learning about minibeasts - the bugs, insects and other tiny creatures usually found under our feet. Students investigate: how to recognise common minibeasts; their life cycles and needs; their habits and habitats; and their contribution to the environment. They also learn about the purpose and format ...

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What is an insect? - unit of work

This unit focuses on learning about the insects usually found under our feet.


Teaching ideas: ecosystems

This collection, containing 26 digital curriculum resources, allows students to explore aspects of the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The resources comprise teaching sequences, units, worksheets, videos, podcasts and a card game. A variety of contexts is provided to allow students to investigate relationships ...


Coral reproduction patterns

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison discusses the complexities of coral reef reproduction patterns. Footage of living reefs with animation illustrates patterns of developing larvae, and dispersal and attachment on and between reefs.