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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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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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Tessellate decorate: rectangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of rectangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of rectangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the rectangles in the play space. This ...

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Tessellate decorate: squares

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of squares. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of squares to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the squares in the play space. This learning ...

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Tessellate decorate: equilateral triangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of equilateral triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Choose a tessellation of equilateral triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the equilateral triangles ...

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Tessellate decorate: hexagons and triangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of hexagons and triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Choose a tessellation of hexagons and triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the hexagons and ...

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Tessellate decorate: rhombuses

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of rhombuses. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of rhombuses to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the rhombuses in the play space. This learning ...

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Tessellate decorate: right-angled triangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of right-angled triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of right-angled triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the right-angled ...

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Tessellate decorate: trapeziums

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of trapeziums. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of trapeziums to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the trapeziums in the play space. This ...

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Tessellate decorate: three shapes

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of rhombuses, squares and equilateral triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select tessellations of rhombuses and equilateral triangles, or rhombuses, squares and equilateral triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating ...

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Trig radians

Use a unit circle tool to explore sine, cosine and tangent values in different quadrants. Determine the values for angles between 0 and 2π radians. Observe the symmetry and patterns of the functions to predict the behaviour of the graphs and the values for the functions in different quadrants. Observe the graphs animate ...

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Trig radians: sine

Use a unit circle tool to explore sine values in different quadrants. Determine the sin Ø values for angles between 0 and 2π radians. Observe the symmetry and patterns of the functions to predict the behaviour of sin Ø in different quadrants. Observe the graphs animate and visually connect them with the unit circle tool ...

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Trig radians: cosine

Use a unit circle tool to explore cosine values in different quadrants. Determine the cos Ø values for angles between 0 and 2π radians. Observe the symmetry and patterns of the functions to predict the behaviour of cos Ø in different quadrants. Observe the graphs animate and visually connect them with the unit circle tool ...

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Trig radians: tangent

Use a unit circle tool to explore tangent values in different quadrants. Determine the tan Ø values for angles between 0 and 2π radians. Observe the symmetry and patterns of the functions to predict the behaviour of tan Ø in different quadrants. Observe the graphs animate and visually connect them with the unit circle tool ...

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Trig degrees: sine to 360: demo

Watch a demonstration showing how sine is defined in the unit circle. Connect this definition with the right-angled triangle definition commonly used in right-angled triangle trigonometry. This learning object is one in a series of nine objects. Three objects in the series are also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Trig degrees: cosine to 360: demo

Watch a demonstration showing how cosine is defined in the unit circle. Connect this definition with the right-angled triangle definition commonly used in right-angled triangle trigonometry. This learning object is one in a series of nine objects. Three objects in the series are also packaged as a combined learning object.