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

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

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Australites

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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Eco farm

Take on the role of farm manager. Discover the different habitats and communities found on farmland. Make decisions about the management of four areas on the farm (cropped and grazed paddocks, woodland remnants, dams and creeks) to increase profits while improving biodiversity. For example, you can choose to leave paddock ...

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Population modeller: pond

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a pond ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Population modeller: seagrass

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a seagrass ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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New developments [includes spoken instructions]

Survey populations of mammals and birds. Test how urban development impacts on wildlife. Notice the balance between development and wildlife conservation. Explore interactions between national parks, creeks, wetlands, bridges, towns and farms.

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Where do frogs lay their eggs? [includes spoken instructions]

Explore freshwater environments to find out where native frogs live and breed. Follow a frog's life cycle. Identify habitats suitable for frogs to lay eggs. Compare the ecology of native frogs with introduced toads.

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New developments [no spoken instructions]

Survey populations of mammals and birds. Test how urban development impacts on wildlife. Notice the balance between development and wildlife conservation. Explore interactions between national parks, creeks, wetlands, bridges, towns and farms.

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Day sky, night sky [no spoken instructions]

Identify objects in the sky such as clouds, planets and stars. Look closely at movements in the sky during the day and at night. Explore facts about celestial objects such as meteors and Moon phases. Build your own sky scene.

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...

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Make it alive: brush-tailed rock wallabies

Investigate the steep, rocky habitat of the endangered Victorian brush-tailed rock wallaby. Discover what these wallabies eat and how feral animals such as goats, which eat the same plants, are affecting their chances of survival. Help the rock-wallaby escape from dangerous wild dogs and find enough food before the sun ...

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Make it alive: flatback turtles

Investigate the coastal dune and beach habitat of the endangered flatback turtle. Discover what these turtles eat in the ocean. Examine how feral animals such as wild pigs, are affecting their chances of survival. Help the turtles, once they have hatched from their nests, to reach the safety of the ocean without being eaten ...

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Make it alive: superb parrots

Investigate the woodland habitat of the endangered superb parrot. Discover what these parrots eat and where they nest. Find out how feral birds and insects such as Indian mynahs, starlings and honeybees are affecting their chances of survival. Help the parrot escape from dangerous feral cats and find enough food before ...

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Perjalanan berbahaya

Find out about the leatherback turtle. Explore its life cycle, learn about its habitats, and discover why the turtles are endangered. Complete a quiz. Role-play a situation in which you face the turtles' survival threats yourself.

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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 ...

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'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.

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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 ...

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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 ...