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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 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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Primary Connections: Friends or foes?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the life cycles of bees, ants and plants and the interactions between them through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The structures of seeds and flowers are explored and an investigation of various seed dispersal methods is planned and conducted. Six ...

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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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Stacking oranges - mathematics activities

This picture shows oranges stacked in the shape of a pyramid with a rectangular base. There are many numerical and spatial patterns in the display. The viewer needs to imagine each face of the stack, and of each of its layers, in order to conceptualise the geometry and the inherent numerical patterns of the stack. Teachers ...

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Energy to survive, move and grow: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy in an ecosystem, specifically investigating the way in which animals, ...

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Plants that convert the Sun's energy: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy in an ecosystem, specifically investigating the process of photosynthesis. ...

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Energy to survive, move and grow: learning sequence

This learning sequence provides a range of classroom activities that explore the requirements of energy on a daily basis for growth and under changing environmental conditions. The sequence outlines six teaching and learning sessions that include example stimulus questions, images, interactive simulations and datasets. ...

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Producers are often plants - but not always: learning sequence

In this structured sequence of learning, a concept cartoon is used to prompt students to think about producers and what they know about organisms at the start of the food chain. A range of organisms that use sunlight to produce their own foods are classified into terrestrial or aquatic organisms. Students create representations ...

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Symmetry: mobile devices - teacher resource

This teacher resource illustrates how students can create symmetrical patterns using mobile devices. Images can be selected, annotated and placed within applications (apps) loaded on mobile devices. The example demonstrates how a sequence of images can be created from a photograph of the Victory Gate in Vientiane, Laos. ...

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Wild ride: on a roll

Investigate the role of physical forces in how bicycle wheels work. Test how wheel size, tyre pressure, tread and load affect rolling resistance. Then choose wheels best suited to track conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Interactive resource

Wild ride: on a roll [no spoken instructions]

Investigate the role of physical forces in how bicycle wheels work. Test how wheel size, tyre pressure, tread and load affect rolling resistance. Then choose wheels best suited to track conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Wild ride: in top gear

Investigate how gears work and why you need them to ride a bicycle efficiently. Test how cog size affects speed and energy efficiency. Then choose gears best suited to track conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Wild ride: in top gear [no spoken instructions]

Investigate how gears work and why you need them to ride a bicycle efficiently. Test how cog size affects speed and energy efficiency. Then choose gears best suited to track conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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It's a drag

Investigate the braking efficiency of cars and trucks. Test stopping distances under controlled conditions. Compare effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Answer questions about friction, tyres and driver fatigue. This ...

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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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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 ...