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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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Plastics: electric kettle [ESL]

Investigate properties of the plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify the properties of plastic needed for an electric kettle. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object ...

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Plastics: helmet [ESL]

Investigate properties of the plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify the properties of plastic needed for a rock-climbing helmet. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning ...

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Plastics: egg-lifter [ESL]

Investigate properties of the plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify the properties of plastic needed for egg-lifters. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object is ...

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Plastics: shoe soles [ESL]

Investigate properties of the plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify the properties of plastic needed for shoe soles. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object is one ...

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Monster choir: making patterns

Help monsters in a choir to make animal sounds in order. Make a sequence of up to four sounds. Choose monsters so that their sounds match the sequence. Repeat the pattern to make a song.

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Monster choir: missing monsters

Help monsters in a choir to make animal sounds in order. Look at a sequence of two or three shapes: squares, circles and triangles. Choose monsters so that their sounds match the shape pattern. Complete the song by identifying monster sounds missing from the pattern. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Electromagnetism: electromagnet basics

Explore the parts of an electromagnet circuit. Test objects made of different materials to find out whether they are affected by magnetic fields. For example, discover whether a rubber band is deflected by the field of an electromagnet. This learning object is one of three learning objects in the same series.

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Shape overlays: find, cut and turn

Make a target shape by positioning a simple shape over another shape. Cut out the new shape formed by the intersection of the other two shapes. For example, form a semicircle by turning a triangle over a circle. Use the shape overlay to complete a picture. This learning object is the second in a series of four objects that ...

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Mystery substances: training

Carry out chemical tests on common substances such as salt, baking soda and sugar. Observe and record how each substance reacts with a range of liquids and to heating. Build up a data table of chemical properties and use it to match mystery substances found at crime scenes. This learning object is one in a series of five ...

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Mystery substances: your first case

Solve police cases by identifying pure substances and components of mixtures. Carry out chemical tests on a mystery substance such as salt, baking soda or sugar. Observe and record how a substance reacts with a range of liquids and to heating. Refer to a data table of chemical properties and use it to match a mystery substance ...

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Plastics

Investigate properties of plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify properties needed for an electric kettle, an egg-lifter, a helmet and shoe soles. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for each product. ...

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Plastics: electric kettle

Investigate properties of plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify properties needed for an electric kettle. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Plastics: helmet

Investigate properties of plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify properties needed for a helmet used in rock climbing. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object is ...