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Learning objects Types of matter: particles [ESL]

TLF ID L9388

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Find whether each substance has particles. For example, discover whether water, aluminium, argon, diamond and other substances contain particles. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students interpret atomic-level views of substances.
  • Students consistently apply a particle model to all substances.
Educational value
  • Features modified language for English as a Second Language use.
  • Features a glossary of words used in the learning object.
  • Shows atomic-level views of substances.
  • Requires students to decide whether all substances consist of particles.
  • Provides feedback to user input.
  • Includes an option to print a fact sheet summarising the particle nature of matter.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Common substances
    • Science/Comprehension
    • Science/Basic properties
    • Science/Investigation
    • Science/Inferences
    • Science/Observable properties
    • Science/Particle model
    • Science/Matter
    • Science/Properties
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Abstraction;
    • Comprehension activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS- Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.