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This learning object contains a series of simple animations that explores the structure of a plant and how it works. Further graphics explain photosynthesis and how plants form part of the food chain. Students are provided with a tool for developing ideas about further research. The resource also contains several self tests. ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

Teacher resource

Photosynthesis and respiration: learning sequence

This learning sequence introduces photosynthesis and respiration. Students explore the roles of photosynthesis and respiration. They compare the differences between these two processes. They explain how energy moves through an ecosystem and some implications of the carbon cycle.

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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...

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What on Earth?

Help an alien to understand how flowering plants are adapted to living on Earth. Watch a demonstration about plant functions such as photosynthesis. Then examine plant parts to see how they work. This learning object is the first in a series of two objects titled 'Plant life'.

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Yarra Healing: significance of trees

This is a video (2:51 min) of Wurundjeri Elder Joy Murphy-Wandin describing the importance of trees for the Wurundjeri people of the area in and around what is now Melbourne. She points out that trees were the source of canoes, hunting tools and weapons such as spears and shields, clapping boomerangs and music sticks, and ...

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Forest Learning: Going bush - native and plantation forests

This is a video comparing and contrasting Victoria's native forests and plantation forests of eucalyptus and pine in terms of their management requirements and the timber and fibre products they produce. Filmed on location in the forests, the presenters of Going Bush describe the uses of each particular forest's products ...


Forest learning: how do you produce wood products?

This is a multifaceted resource about five key topics in the production of wood products: how wood is harvested and transported; the role of timber mills; the range of products made from wood; softwoods and hardwoods; and changes in technology. Each key topic is presented in text and multimedia using five tabs: overview; ...


Forest Learning: Wood Properties

This is a resource about investigating the properties of wood. Intended for use as one or two lessons for years 7 to 10 students, the resource consists of information and practical activities. Text, still images, tables and formulae are provided about the density and compressive strength of wood from different trees; moisture ...


Forest Learning: Value-adding to wood

This is a resource about value-adding in the forest and wood products industry. Intended for use as one or two lessons for years 7 to 10 students, the resource consists of information about grading and processing logs; the use of wood and timber products in building construction; the value of Australian softwood plantations ...


Trees and chairs as carbon sinks

This ABC is in Q&A format and simply explains the answer to the question 'Could we really plant our way out of climate change?'