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Primary mathematics: games, simulations and modelling

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'games, simulations and modelling' 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 use games, ...

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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Exploring relationships of angles

Explore angles formed by a transversal line intersecting parallel lines. Look at illustrations showing pairs of angles: vertically opposite, corresponding and alternate angles. Name pairs of angles to score points and help a monkey drive to the supermarket to buy food.

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Divine Service - The House of Freedom Church, Brisbane, 1986: A church community

This clip shows part of an informal Christian service of the House of Freedom Church being held in a suburban home in Brisbane. Worshippers include young children, who are shown seating themselves on the floor in front of a low table on which are a wooden cross and flowers. Other participants are mainly young adults seated ...

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Australian animals

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories - communities of Australian animals, animals in art and stories, vertebrates and invertebrates. Images, including photographs, scientific illustrations and Indigenous art, depict some well-known and some lesser known Australian animals. ...

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Mini-beasts

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into categories of insects, arachnids, centipedes and crustaceans, with descriptions of their sometimes bizarre body features and behaviours in a category titled body structure and adaptations. Colour photographs, scientific illustrations and close-up microscope ...

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Garden at the Red Fort - mathematics activities

This photograph of a section of the garden at the Red Fort in Agra, India, suggests explorations of several relationships relative to the background 'square' regions. Teachers are encouraged to scan all the ideas suggested here as relevant to the various year level groupings, as there is clearly an increasing mathematical ...

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Ramadan

This is a student resource about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Four photographs in slideshow format reflect elements of Ramadan: the first Friday in Ramadan, food eaten during Ramadan in Dubai, Laylat al-Qadr - the holiest night of the year - being celebrated in Mecca, and Palestinians breaking their fast at Eid ul-Fitr ...

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Hanukkah

This is a student resource showcasing the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Images in a slideshow format show candles being lit during the eight nights of the festival in the nine-branched candleholders of the special Hanukkah menorah, the hanukkiyah. An image of the usual seven-branched menorah is also included. Text on screen ...

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Diwali

This is a student resource showcasing the Hindu festival of Diwali. Images in slideshow format show the small clay lamps that give the festival its name, the worship of Lord Ganesha at the start of the festival, and patterns and sweets made to welcome the goddess Lakshmi on the third day of the festival. Text on screen ...

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Collection of shells

In this mathematical activity students collect and display data using two categories of shells. They collect data, interpret it, discuss and display the results.

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Your house number

In this activity students will use the digits in their house numbers. They will tally the digits of the house numbers of the class and order the house numbers by size. They will investigate the frequency of digits in different numbers used within their environment and discuss which ones occur most frequently and least frequently.

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Dangerous days

This mathematical investigation uses current secondary data to explore the possible relationships between the number of road deaths (numerical variable) and the day of the week (categorical variable). The task is extended to include the number of road deaths and the time of day. The investigation includes a student worksheet ...

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Brushtail possum on hollow log, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in 1945, of a brushtail possum, possibly a specimen preserved by taxidermy. It shows the possum balancing on a hollow log with leaves wired to it, and focusing on a small hole directly beneath its snout.

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Staff god of Rarotonga, c1800

This is the carved upper section of a Rarotongan rakau atua (staff god), dating from about 1800. It is made of wood and features a large, smooth head with stylised eyes, mouth and ears, and a curved neck with notches on the outer side. Five smaller figures are carved on the shaft. They are (from top to bottom): a full-face ...

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Orb-weaving spider

This is a colour photograph of a female orb-weaving spider wrapping silk around an insect caught in its web. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Arachnida, Order: Araneida, Family: Araneidae.)

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Redback spider in its web

This is a colour photograph of a female redback spider ('Latrodectus hasselti') in its tangled web among leaf litter. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Arachnida, Order: Araneida, Family: Theridiidae.)

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Webs of Intrigue, 1992: Red-back spider

This clip shows a red-back spider capturing its prey in a suburban back garden. The opening scenes show close-ups of the female spider, her egg sac and sticky web. An ant becomes caught in the web trap, and is then retrieved and spun into a cocoon of threads by the spider. The narrator and presenter, Densey Clyne, comments ...

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Alicia, 1996: God is love

This clip shows a neurosurgeon speaking about Alicia Liley, and the part that modern medicine played in her recovery. In separate sequences Alicia, her father and her mother describe how they believe the family's collective faith helped Alicia pull through, even after the doctors warned that her chances of survival were ...