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Orienteering: using a map and compass

Orienteering requires knowledge of directions, an ability to read a map and the use of a magnetic compass. Find out about the basics of orienteering.

Teacher resource

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 ...


Plotting points using positive coordinates: first quadrant

This learning object introduces students to plotting points in the first quadrant of the Cartesian plane. It includes demonstrations of point plotting and a student activity.

Teacher resource

Secondary mathematics: different representations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'representations' 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 different representations ...


'Budgerigars in the Sandhills' by Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, 1975

This acrylic painting represents the travels of the Budgerigar ancestors during the Dreaming. On their journey, the ancestors stop to camp in sandhill country around Ilpitirri near Mount Denison. The camps are depicted as concentric circles superimposed on a background mosaic of sand dunes, broken by patches of desert plants. ...


Building basic fraction skills

This collection of 13 interactive learning objects is organised into four categories - introduction to fractions; naming fractions; fraction applications; and comparing and ordering fractions. The learning objects develop an understanding of the relationship between spatial, symbolic and written forms of a fraction. They ...


Zebra markings - mathematics activities

This photograph of zebras shows the natural markings on the animals. The origin and purpose of the zebras' pelt markings may intrigue many students. The scientific explanation (the work of gifted mathematicians, biologists and chemists) is quite sophisticated. These images provide an opportunity to address concepts of symmetry, ...


'The eight Dreamings', 1991

This is a painting in synthetic polymer paint on canvas made in 1991 by Michael Nelson Tjakamarra (c1946-). Measuring 227 cm x 227 cm, the work is a 'dot style' painting that shows a plan-view map of country with various Dreaming sites marked by symbols. The main motif of the composition is a thick red line with five circles ...


Painting Country, 2000: Maps of country

This clip shows full-screen shots of Aboriginal paintings that are maps of the artists' country or homeland. These paintings trace the land's topography, but also contain personal history, mythology and the Dreaming tracks that crisscross this country. Aboriginal lawman Tjumpo Tjapanangka is shown talking about his land ...


'Wanatjalnga' by Charlie Tjaruru (Tarawa) Tjungurrayi, 1974

This acrylic painting represents a woman called Walinngi who travelled alone during the Dreaming towards the Gordon Hills in Western Australia. In the claypan and hill country near Wanatjalnga she tracked a small bird to its nest, a hole in the ground, into which it disappeared. Walinngi made a wana (digging stick), cutting ...


'Honey ant hunt' by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975

This acrylic painting depicts the three hills at Papunya that form an important Dreaming site, representing the body of a huge ancestral honey ant. They also indicate where ancestral honey ants returned to the ground after travelling during the Dreaming. The underground network of ant chambers is regarded as a tula (meeting ...

Interactive resource

Design a city

Help a town planner to design a site plan for a city. Using a 10x20 grid, design areas for two regions (schools and terraces) based on the percentages given. Assign the area for an additional six regions, using percentages of your choice. Observe the number line displaying equivalent fractions and decimals for the percentages ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Rainforest: use a grid map

Use grid references to find places on a map. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Rainforest: make a walking track

Mark the route for a walking track on a map of a rainforest. Choose a section of track based on instructions about distances, compass directions and grid references. Keep adding sections of track to get to the rest house. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

Interactive resource

Hopper: hundredths

Help a frog to jump along a number line. Estimate the finishing point on a number line, after adding or subtracting multiples of hundredths to a starting number. For example, 1.72 + (11 x 0.07) = 2.49. Explore the patterns made on a counting grid and number line. Identify counting rules that match the pattern of 'landing ...

Interactive resource

Exploring transformations

Explore transformations of shapes such as rotation, translation or reflection. Identify which transformations have been applied to circles and polygons to produce new images. For example, the original image may have been rotated 90 degrees around the point (0,0). Notice how the coordinates of the transformed image are related ...

Interactive resource

Exploring dilations

Explore dilations by transforming shapes such as triangles and rectangles. Choose a scale factor and position a shape and dilation centre. Notice how the coordinates of the dilation image are related to the original image. Look at how scale factors enlarge or reduce the size of a shape. Identify a scale factor used to dilate ...

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: collector

Give directions for a robot to collect rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter direction and distance for each step. This activity is one of three activities in the same series.

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: which way?

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best direction of travel for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Interactive resource

Direct a robot: how far?

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best distance for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.