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Foodprint Melbourne

This unit of work is about land use, food supply and food security in the city of Melbourne. In particular, the resource asks students to consider whether Melbourne will have a secure food supply in 2050 in the context of population growth, climate change and declining supplies of the natural resources that underpin food ...

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A swell day for surfing

Want to catch the perfect wave? Then you'll need to know a little about the role wind plays in the formation of waves. Who better to learn from than Andrew 'Windy' Miller, a keen geographer who just happens to run a surf school in Cornwall, UK. Learn more about the science behind an ocean swell.

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Aquaculture fishes for the future

We all have the ability to make choices. When it comes to the food we choose to eat, some of our decisions could lead to large changes in food production. Choosing farmed fish supports the aquaculture industry. While this industry is not without its own environmental issues, can it contribute to sustainable fish stocks?

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Protecting exposed lake beds during drought

Visit the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River in 2009. Step onto the dried-out lake floor and watch what the wind does to the sand. How can planting rye grass help to stop erosion and to control a toxic environment in the mud beneath the sand? Find out in this clip.

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Solving the problem of e-waste

Australians are quick to embrace new technology. However, the rapid rate of technological change has meant that Australia is one of the world's largest producers of electronic waste, or 'e-waste'. This clip from 2013 looks at how various community groups are working together to find a solution to this growing problem.

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Wild rivers conundrum

Whether to develop or conserve is a common dilemma across the Australian landscape, and opinions are divided on the issue of Queensland's Wild Rivers legislation. The state government is considering a repeal of this legislation, which protects a number of important river catchments.

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Who loves soil? Tim does!

Listen as Tim Overheu describes a day in his life as a soil scientist. He is passionate about keeping soils healthy and spreading his message to others. Find out how to conduct a soil test.

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War of the willows

A willow tree removal program in the ACT has erupted into a war of words. At the heart of this clash of ideas are different opinions about the best way to protect the landscape. While the government sees the willow as a weed, others view it as an important environmental resource. Which environmental world view will prevail?

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What is clean energy?

This resource is a web page about low greenhouse gas emission (clean) energy resources. It differentiates between clean and dirty and renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and describes the importance of using clean-energy sources and of government initiatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It contains links ...

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Little penguin adapting big time!

Discover the features, habitat and adaptations of the little penguin, and the conservation efforts aimed at helping it to survive in the wild. Also known as the fairy penguin, this species is not endangered but in Australia is only found in small isolated populations.

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Hour of Code: Saloni teaches If/Else statements with Scrat the Squirrel from Ice Age

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. In this video, Saloni explains what an If/Else statement is. With the help of Scrat the Squirrel from Ice Age, she goes on to demonstrate how If/Else blocks can be used to program characters' ...

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Coal scheme under fire

This clip from 2013 shows the Australian Coal Association's billion dollar COAL21 scheme under fire. COAL21 was designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the coal industry, but some claim that changes to the scheme will weaken its effectiveness. In the clip, see critics and coal industry representatives expressing ...

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New Zealand's earthquakes

Damaged buildings, flooded roads, and crashed cars! No, it's not a bad dream; it's actually the aftermath of an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011. Find out about what causes earthquakes, the damage they cause, and why Christchurch was rocked by two quakes within six months. This clip includes footage of earthquake ...

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Preparing for a bushfire

How should you prepare for a bushfire? Watch this clip to discover how two different families prepared for the 2006 Victorian bushfires that hit their town. Find out how the children participated in the fire plan and helped keep their family and house safe.

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Does Australia's prosperity depend on immigration?

Australia's declining birth rates seem to be threatening its ability to remain economically competitive. What can be done about this? One approach is to increase Australia's population through immigration. Find out about key changes in Australia's population over time. Also discover some of the different views about the ...

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A look at author Bob Graham's books

Books by the Australian children's author Bob Graham have a very individual and recognisable style. Find out why his work is featured in the Lu Rees Australian Children's Literature Archive housed in Canberra. Identify some of the features that characterise his work.

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Land use conflict in NSW national parks

Explore points in a debate about the area set aside as National Park land in NSW. As this clip from 2013 reveals, the debate centres around the value of protecting biodiversity versus the demand for resources such as timber. The clip reflects ways in which different environmental world views can impact the way that the ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 Health & Physical Education

In this unit, students work collaboratively to develop definitions of the word 'safe' and apply their understanding by identifying strategies and design solutions to enhance safety and bring attention to the negative influences that impact young people's safety around train tracks, stations and platforms. They use popular ...

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Unplugged Activity: Computational Thinking

This video introduces one of code.org's unplugged activities. It discusses a lesson on Computational Thinking, designed to show you how to take a big difficult problem and turn it into several simpler problems. The goal of the lesson is for a group of students to write a set of instructions for another group of students ...

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Planting an orchard

Imagine eating oranges straight from a tree in your school orchard. Watch this clip to see how the Swan Valley Anglican Community School began creating their own orchard complete with fruit-bearing orange trees. Josh Byrne explains how to position an orchard, prepare the soil and select suitable plants.