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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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Decreasing snowfalls threaten pygmy-possum

The Mountain Pygmy-possum spends winter hibernating beneath snow at temperatures of two degrees. But what could happen to the species if there is little or no snow blanket to hibernate beneath? Watch this clip to find out.

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Finding fossils from the age of dinosaurs in Rascal Flats

Visit the fossil site of Rascal Flats, Richmond, with Dr Ben Kear, a paleontologist at La Trobe University. Hear about the chance discovery of a new fossil and see a fish fossil from the ancient inland sea.

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Dr Karl vs the mysterious giant squid

Do you believe in the legendary sea monster called the Kraken? It's said to have gigantic tentacles and to lurk in the deep ocean. In this clip, Dr Karl talks about some of the extraordinary features of a real deep-sea creature - the giant squid. Watch this clip to find out about it and see some footage of this amazing creature.

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An ichthyosaur from the age of dinosaurs

Take a close look at a fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton with Maria Zammit, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide. Maria is studying the ichthyosaur and comparing it with dolphins and other living marine creatures to try to work out how it swam.

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Red kangaroos: efficient hoppers

The red kangaroo can cover many kilometres at speeds of around 30-40 kilometres per hour. Watch these amazing animal athletes in action and find out what makes them such champion long-jumpers.

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Saving the Tasmanian devils

Tasmanian devils have become endangered over the last couple of decades. Watch this video to find out some of the reasons for this and how some scientists are working to save them.

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Natural selection

This is an interactive resource in which students explore natural selection by controlling an environment and causing mutations in rabbits. Students can select vary environments, selection pressures, mutations and associated genetics, and then observe the populations change. This interactive resource is supported by tips ...

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Bee habitat lesson

This lesson plan introduces students to some of Australia's native bee species. Organised in five stages, the lesson plan includes links to videos, scientific and bee-related websites, an information sheet, and downloadable versions of a pictorial slideshow, lesson plan and an assessment rubric. The resource includes suggestions ...

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Animal and plant adaptations

What makes an organism suited to a particular environment? View a range of animals and plants to investigate adaptations that improve their chance of survival. Link the adaptation which might be an external structure, an internal structure or an exhibited behaviour to its function (purpose). Explore strategies of migration ...

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Animal adaptations

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit about structural and behavioural adaptations of animals and plants. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about adaptations, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry ...

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Where the wild things grow

This sequence of five lessons explores plant adaptation and the unique features that enable them to survive. The picture book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak is used to engage students in a inquiry-based investigation that draws on current photosynthesis research. The unit includes easy to set and see science ...

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Environmental and Zoo Education Centres – high school resources

A collection of geography and science resources for high school teachers and students to support teaching and learning from home. The resources were developed by Department of Education teachers from 25 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres in NSW and include Google Sites, programs and activities.

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Talking dino - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. ...

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Fruit: why plants make them

Fruits come in all shapes and colours. Have you ever wondered why plants make them? Discover an amazing variety of fruits. Learn the secret of these little plant packages and the treasures they protect.

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Uses of herbs: past and present

Learn about some of the most useful plants in the home. Find out how some different herbs have been used throughout history and are used today.

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Island hopping in a tropical paradise

The Whitsunday Islands, a collection of continental islands close to the mainland, were created when sea levels rose and flooded the valleys. These tropical Queensland islands are a haven for many plant, bird and reptile species. Take a tour of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef and see the different landforms.

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Leaping tall felines in a single bound

Discover one of the greatest high-jumpers of the animal world. If cat-fleas were the size of humans, they could jump 400 metres into the air! Find out how and why these tiny jumpers leap so high.

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Minmi, Australia's ankylosaur dinosaur

Dr Ben Kear, a paleontologist at La Trobe University, introduces Minmi, one of Australia's most famous dinosaurs. It's an armoured dinosaur, a small ankylosaurus coverered in nodules of bone and bony spikes. Meet the man that discovered Minmi.

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Come sit in a dinosaur's footstep

Explore an extinct landscape along the Kimberley coastline and discover huge dinosaur footprints, frozen in time. Sauropods, ornithopods, theropods and many more dinosaurs left their tracks here 130 million years ago. Scientists are investigating fossilised trackways in the Broome Sandstone for clues about the past, helped ...