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Seasons

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine seasons in the different hemispheres. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine day length in the different hemispheres. Examine the heating effect of the Sun. Compare seasons ...

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Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

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Seasons: Earth's orbit: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Seasons: Earth's orbit: assessment' (L8966). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on possible student misconceptions. ...

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Secondary science: models and simulations

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'models and simulations' 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 assist students to interpret, ...

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Seasons: daylight hours: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Seasons: daylight hours: assessment ' (L8967). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines to the interpretation of student input. Read notes on anticipated student responses, and information on possible factors ...

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Seasons: Sun’s energy: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Seasons: Sun’s energy: assessment' (L8968). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines to the interpretation of student input. Read notes on anticipated student responses, and information on possible factors causing ...

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Orrery, c1770 - part 2

This is a mechanical model of part of the solar system, commonly known as an orrery, manufactured by English mathematician and instrument maker Benjamin Martin in about 1770. This bronze model features a cylindrical clockwork mechanism with an orb representing the Sun placed in the centre. Extending from this on an arm ...

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Stellar scintillation

In this module, teachers and students will learn ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people observe the twinkling of stars to predict weather and seasonal change. Students will learn the science of scintillation (twinkling) and see how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander understood and utilised this principle long ...

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Selling Climate Change

This learning sequence explores the topic of climate change and the Asia region. Students analyse how information about climate change is conveyed using various persuasive approaches.

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DIY Sun Science - iTunes app

Try some hands on investigations that relate to learning about the Sun. Follow step-by-step procedures, read through explanations to find out why things happened and also view related video clips. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Months of the year

How many months are there in a year? What are they? In what month is your birthday? In Australia, depending on where you live, you can have either four seasons or two. Find out how many seasons there are where you live. What are they? In which months do these seasons occur in?

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Day and night

In this lesson, you will use a model to learn how night and day occur. Diana will also teach you how the Earth rotates and revolves in space, and then she’ll show you how to make your own model to answer the question: “How do day and night occur?”

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What's in a year?

You may know of the four seasons. In the southern parts of Australia the year is often divided up into spring, summer, autumn and winter. But what about other parts of Australia? Find out what seasons they have in northern Australia. See how the year is divided into months and shown as a calendar. You'll also see how many ...

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Indigenous seasons across northern Australia

Aboriginal communities across northern and western Australia have helped to develop seasonal calendars based on their ecological knowledge. The calendars link meteorological patterns with changes in plant and animal life across the year.

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Seasons with Dirtgirl!

Do you know how many seasons there are in a year? Watch this video as Dirtgirl explains the seasons in some countries. Did you know that in Australia there is more than one way of describing seasons? Find out what they are.

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How do apiarists farm their bees?

Have you ever wondered what a bee farm looks like? This clip shows how bee farmers (apiarists) look after their bees. Watch the bee hives being opened and see the honey being collected. View the machinery used to collect and bottle the honey.

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Ngan'gi seasons calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Ngan’gi people of the Northern Territory in collaboboration with CSIRO. The resource contains an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s wish to document traditional knowledge of their Daly River ...

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Gooniyandi seasons calendar

This is the Mingayooroo - Manyi Waranggiri Yarrangi, Gooniyandi seasons calendar developed by people of the Gooniyandi language group of the Kimberley in collaboration with CSIRO. The resource consists of an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction contains information about the people’s ...

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Mapping Aboriginal knowledge of the bush

This is a resource about a collaborative study carried out by the CSIRO and the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia to map the peoples’ knowledge of bush tucker associated with the Daly and Fitzroy Rivers and develop seasonal calendars. The resource consists of an online article from ‘Australian ...

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GeogSpace: year 1 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The resource focuses on the students' local area, but there is opportunity for some comparisons with other places. Illustration 1 explores three aspects of the concept of place by involving students ...