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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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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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Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate the procedures ...

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Primary Connections: Beneath our feet

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative inquiry-based approach, how natural processes change Earth's surface. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for eight structured lessons that form an integrated sequence based on the ...

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Primary Connections: Heating up

This comprehensive teacher resource explores different types of heat sources and how heat moves from one object to another, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Primary heat sources (that transform different energy sources to heat) and secondary sources (that transfer heat they have accumulated) ...

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Primary Connections: Plants in action

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the life cycle of flowering plants, incorporating the process of germination, the stages in a plant's life cycle and what plants need for growth. These are investigated using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities, culminating in a student planned investigation ...

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Primary Connections: Night and day

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day, using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The sizes, shapes, positions and movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon are investigated, and shadow changes throughout the day ...

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Starting Smart: what's next in the pattern? - early years

This curriculum resource package contains a ten-week early years teaching plan and set of resources developed to extend early years students' knowledge and understanding of patterning. The package includes seven detailed lesson plans to establish students' current knowledge and learning needs. Beginning with establishing ...

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Starting Smart: the art of communication: pattern, order and number

This curriculum resource package is a ten-week teaching plan and set of resources for the Foundation year, focusing on the development of concepts and language in pattern and order (copying, continuing, creating and describing patterns) and number (counting, calculating, comparing and ordering). In the context of students ...

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Ngan'gi seasons calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Ngan’gi people of the Northern Territory in collaboboration with CSIRO. The resource contains an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s wish to document traditional knowledge of their Daly River ...

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Gooniyandi seasons calendar

This is the Mingayooroo - Manyi Waranggiri Yarrangi, Gooniyandi seasons calendar developed by people of the Gooniyandi language group of the Kimberley in collaboration with CSIRO. The resource consists of an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction contains information about the people’s ...

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Wagiman plants and animals calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Wagiman people of the Northern Territory in collaboration with the CSIRO. The resource consists of introductory information, the illustrated calendar itself and a series of related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s desire to have the key plants and ...

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Yolngu sea country: observing the seasons

This is the seasonal calendar of the Yolngu people of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. The resource contains an introduction, English and Yolngu-matha versions of the calendar, a table listing the winds and related links. The introduction includes information about how the people see the changes in time and ...

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Patterns

This resource is a group activity that teaches problem-solving and prediction-making skills. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, the resource contains an 8-step lesson plan for producing visual patterns according to a unique set of rules. Groups then swap patterns, and are required to identify the new rules and predict the ...

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GeogSpace: year F - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Both illustrations are hands-on activities involving individuals and groups in structured play. Illustration 1 supports the creation of models of familiar places. Photographs are provided to ...

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Top drawer teachers: patterns

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of finding, explaining and linking patterns through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind patterns, while the second section uses research findings to identify some common stumbling blocks when learning about patterns. The third ...

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Transfer of heat

This is a unit of work designed to help students understand the transfer of heat between objects and apply this knowledge in their everyday lives. Students participate in activities to explore modes of heat transfer and investigate how conductors and insulators affect heat transfer. They examine familiar contexts of heat ...

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Living and non-living things

This is a unit designed to help students gain understanding of environmental biodiversity through the examination of living and non-living things in a local environment. Students examine and compare familiar ecological areas and study the life stages of living things. They explore factors that affect living things within ...

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Top drawer teachers

This is a website that covers five mathematical topics: fractions, mental computation, patterns, statistical literacy and ‘reasoning’. It also explores good teaching practice linked to classroom activities including how to address common misunderstandings. There is also a section for assessment, as well as worksheets with ...

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Cake time: Peg + cat

Peg and Cat use a pattern to decorate a cake. See what type of pattern they use.