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Modelling the Seasons

This resource provides a scaffold for students to undertake a simple experiment. Students use a world globe and a heat lamp to investigate how the tilt of the Earth’s axis causes the seasons.

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It’s Alive: Conditions on Earth

In this resource, students investigate and measure the conditions of planet Earth. They explore temperature, gravity and the needs of living things. Students also discuss how some conditions on Earth are constant, while other conditions regularly change, and how living things have adaptations to survive these changes.

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Transportation Though the Ages

Humans are constantly working to develop and improve our technology and understanding. This resource provides step-by-step instructions to help students consider why innovative design and improvement is important. Students firstly identify as many types of transport they can think of and then discuss why new types of transport ...

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Travel Times

Life would be very different today if we did not have modern transport. In this activity, students calculate the time it would take for humans to travel long distances through different modes of transport. They then analyse the impact of these technological developments.

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Cybercrime and the law

This sequence of six lesson ideas focuses on the concept that community e-safety and wellbeing is enhanced when individuals understand the behaviours, rules and laws associated with being a digital citizen and take action to prevent cybercrime. This resource provides students with the opportunity to explore how Australia’s ...

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Space Exploration: Community of Inquiry

In this resource, students participate in a community of inquiry to consider the implications of human space travel. This process gives students the opportunity to come to a full, shared understanding of the concepts and issues around human space travel.

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Food and fibre production: an Aboriginal perspective

This resource investigates historical Australian Aboriginal agricultural production. Chapters include: Aboriginal agriculture- Firestick farming, Cultivation and cropping and aquaculture, Farming and living to the calendar, and the environmental impacts of firestick farming. Suggested answers document also available. The ...

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Lunch Box Blitz: build a healthy lunch box

This website provides resources for teachers, parents and students promoting student health and well-being including lesson plans, student resources including posters, recipes and activities. The resources can be downloaded and easily reproduced for classroom use. The website also provides parent information licensed for ...

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Beyond Earth: Colonising Space

This resource provides a scaffold for students to respond to a persuasive writing task. The persuasive writing task requires students to determine where humans should create the first space colony, using prior learning and research to justify their decisions.

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Biosecurity surveillance at school

This activity outlines the process to undertake a biosecurity surveillance of a school environment. The teacher guide, slides and student sheets identify some invasive pests that represent a threat to NSW agriculture including cane toads, fire ants and exotic bees. The activity could be adapted for other locations.

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Beyond Earth: Shelter from the Elements

This resource provides a scaffold for students to undertake a design challenge. The design challenge requires students to develop a shelter that protects humans from the hostile conditions on another planet. Students draw on their existing scientific understanding (for example, conductors and insulators), along with their ...

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Investigate: cane toads

This unit of work is designed to help students understand cane toads and their threat to the Australian environment and agricultural production. Why some animals are to be protected and others need to be eradicated. The resource includes a teacher guide, student learning journal and a PowerPoint presentation.

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Stomp Rocket Design Challenge

This resource provides a scaffold for students to complete a design challenge. The design challenge requires students to create a stomp rocket that can travel to a chosen planet in the solar system. The design challenge can also be used to investigate forces and energy. It can be delivered over a number of lessons, or it ...

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Indigenous weather knowledge

An interactive map of traditional weather and climate knowledge that has been developed and passed down through countless generations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The site provides descriptions of the sixteen seasonal calendars used by First Nations peoples across Australia.

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Operating lend-lease machines, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two men and a woman working on various industrial machines during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Melbourne, Australia. Beaufort torpedo bomber turret sub-assembly plant. Workmen operating an automatic tool ...

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Slave quarters of Abernathy House in Tuscumbia, 2010

This is a colour photograph showing the slave quarters at the back of a house on Main St in the town of Tuscumbia in Alabama, USA. The derelict single-story wooden building was built in 1824. Three doors appear to lead into three separate rooms, presumably the slaves' quarters. The photograph was taken by Carol Highsmith in 2010.

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Proclamation of emancipation, c1864

This is a black-and-white print celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation by US President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The text includes the all-important words 'all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, ...

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'Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint', 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing African Americans at a roadside dance hall outside Clarksdale in Mississippi, USA, one Saturday evening in November 1939. Couples are jitterbugging to music from a jukebox while other people, mostly men, are standing around. The photograph was taken by Marion Post Wolcott.

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'Emancipation', c1865

This is an engraving printed in black and rose celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation by US President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863. The artist, Thomas Nast, has placed a domestic scene of a contented ex-slave family in the centre. Above is the Statue of Freedom, which crowns the dome of the US Capitol; below, ...

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'The sale', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a male slave being sold in a slave auction. The white auctioneer appears to be calling for bids. A notice in the background announces 'FOR SALE A likely young NEGRO'. The card was third in a collectable series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863. A thrilling series of ...