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A song about kangaroos

This is a song about an Australian animal, the kangaroo. Don Spencer sings lyrics about how people from all over the world come to see the kangaroo. Listen to the rhythm. It is like the hopping of a kangaroo.

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A song about goannas

Goannas are a type of Australian lizards. Listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that asks lots of fun questions about goannas. Watch some goannas moving through the bush and looking for food.

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A song about echidnas

What would it be like to have an echidna for a pet? Listen to Don Spencer as he sings this song about a pet echidna. Watch an echidna looking for food to eat.

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A song about the Kookaburra's call

Have you heard a Kookaburra's call? Watch this clip and listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that captures in sounds and words the magical call of the kookaburra.

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A song about emus

Imagine what it would be like to be a bird that cannot fly? Watch the clip and listen to the song by Don Spencer that captures in words and rhythm how the flightless emu thunders through the Australian bush.

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A song about 'Aussie sharks'

Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about sharks performed by Don Spencer. Watch some sharks as they roam the ocean.

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A song about wombats

Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about wombats performed by Don Spencer. Watch some wombats doing what they do best - dig!

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Let the rhythm set you free

'Strictly Ballroom' is both a successful film and a popular musical. Both productions feature lots of fabulous dancing. As you watch this rehearsal for the musical, see if you can clap or tap along with the rhythm kept by the dancers. You can even try dancing along if you wish.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Musical number patterns: odds and evens

Make some music by building up rhythms for chimes. Complete a counting rule that matches a pattern on a number line. Select the start number or select a number to count by. For example, start at 1 on a number line; then choose which number to count by (4, 5 or 6) to alternate between odd and even numbers. Add a second number ...

Interactive resource

Musical number patterns: the challenge

Make music by building up rhythms from two instruments. Make a counting rule that includes a given number. Select the start number and then select a number to count by. For example, include the number 9 in a counting pattern by starting at 1, then count by 4. Describe another counting pattern that includes the same number. ...

Interactive resource

Science reporter: geologist and environmental scientist

Explore the biographical profiles of two scientists: a geologist and an environmental scientist. Learn about their life and work. Find out why they enjoy their area of research. Then choose photos and interview responses to build a feature article for a newspaper. This learning object is a combination of two objects in ...

Interactive resource

Science reporter: geologist and environmental scientist [no spoken instructions]

Explore the biographical profiles of two scientists: a geologist and an environmental scientist. Learn about their life and work. Find out why they enjoy their area of research. Then choose photos and interview responses to build a feature article for a newspaper. This learning object is a combination of two objects in ...

Interactive resource

Science reporter: geologist

Explore the biographical profile of a geologist. Learn about their life and work. Find out why they enjoy their area of research. Then choose photos and interview responses to build a feature article for a newspaper. This learning object is one in a series of seven objects. Some objects in the series are also packaged as ...

Interactive resource

Science reporter: geologist [no spoken instructions]

Explore the biographical profile of a geologist. Learn about their life and work. Find out why they enjoy their area of research. Then choose photos and interview responses to build a feature article for a newspaper. This learning object is one in a series of seven objects. Some objects in the series are also packaged as ...

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Musical number patterns: music maker

Make some music by building up rhythms for four instruments. Choose a starting point on a number line and build a counting rule. Count in lots between 2 and 10 until you reach 36. Add your number several times on the number line to make a pattern. For example, set up a sound pattern where a trumpet waits on the first note, ...

Assessment resource

Musical number patterns: problem-solving: assessment

Make counting rules and rhythms to test your understanding of number patterns, as well as odd and even numbers. Create rules to make patterns of odd and even numbers, and then describe given patterns. Find two different solutions to a number pattern problem. View and print a report of your results. This assessment object ...

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Strictly Ballroom, 1992: Triumph

In this clip Scott and Fran triumph over the rigid rules of the Australian Dancing Federation with their electrifying performance of the paso doble. Although disqualified by the judges for failing to dance 'strictly ballroom' steps, they are inspired by the emotional support provided by Scott's father, Doug. His slow rhythmical ...

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Mr and Mrs Robinson at Kalgoorlie, 1896

This is a black-and-white group photograph taken at Lake View Consuls Mine in Kalgoorlie in 1896, measuring 24 cm x 17 cm. It shows a group of gold prospectors and miners, including adventurous natural-geologist and pioneering prospector Robert ('Bobby') Robinson and his wife, Annie, standing at the right of the group.

Teacher resource

Word phrases

This is a multilayered resource that focuses on how to learn and create percussion rhythms based on samba, using word phrases to create and recall rhythms. It includes three short video tutorials in which musician Chris Lewis demonstrates various rhythm techniques, and is supported by three learning activities and by teacher ...

Teacher resource

Compose yourself

This is a resource of 15 lessons that focuses on learning to read and compose music using music notation software. Each lesson contains a video which presents lessons on music notation and up to three guided student exercises using music notation software. The resource includes lesson plans that incorporate extension activities ...