Educational

Water on Earth - A Primary School Water Resource

This online resource deals with the concept of water as a resource.

The resource is for teachers of primary-aged students and details inquiry-based investigations and practical activities that support and engage students when learning about water.

It also differentiates activities into those considered suitable for Early Years students (F–2) and older primary students (Years 3–6).

Background information for teachers is provided and includes the following topics: 'Water for people', 'Safe water', 'Water for living things' and 'Origins of water'.

Being a soil scientist (QCAT)

This online resource looks into the factors affecting erosion.

The resource is an assessment task where students conduct an investigation into what affects and controls erosion.

The resource includes detailed background information about the science concepts, a student worksheet, a continua model of task-specific standards for A–E assessment, suggestions for student feedback and links to the Australian Curriculum.

The student booklet is used in conjunction with QCAT teacher notes. An alternative video link is provided.

The force of friction

This online resource investigates friction in a rolling toy car.

The resource is an assessment task where students conduct an investigation into the effect of friction on the distance a toy car travels after rolling down a slope.

The resource includes detailed background information about the science concepts, student worksheet, continua model of task-specific standards  for A-E assessment, suggestions for student feedback and links to the Australian Curriculum.

Cool it! Year 3 Science assessment

This online resource studies the insulating properties of different materials.

The resource is an assessment task where students conduct an investigation into the insulating properties of different materials to determine which material can prevent ice from melting the longest.

It includes detailed background information about the science concepts, student worksheet, continua model of task-specific standards for A-E assessment, suggestions for student feedback and links to the Australian Curriculum.

W.A.S.P. Year 6 – Geological changes

This online supports the Year 6 Earth and space science.

The resource is a teaching package that provides hands-on activities with teacher support materials to support the Year 6 Earth and space science components of the Australian Curriculum.

The activities are organised into six topics:

  1. What Lies Below?
  2. Volcanic Eruptions
  3. Earthquakes
  4. Tsunamis
  5. Droughts and Flooding Rains
  6. Managing Disasters Scientifically 

Investigating compost

This online resource is an illustration of teaching practice for teachers of younger years, which is based on teaching the concepts involved with compost.

This 5-minute video is intended for viewing by teachers of Year 1 and Year 2. It depicts a teacher and his class making scientific observations to determine which materials can and cannot be used for composting.

The Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

This online resource looks at human involvement in the Greenhouse Effect.

The resource provides information suitable for Year 9 and 10 students on the role of the Earth's Greenhouse Effect and the impact of human activities in enhancing the effect.

The web page provides a range of historical data sets for average global temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. It also provides information about the range of greenhouse gases and examines the use of climate modelling in determining the causes and impacts of the enhanced Greenhouse Effect.

Sinking Island

This online resource investigates the consequence of rising sea levels.

The resource is a web page that focuses on the specific problems facing the Pacific island nation of Kirabati.

The web page provides a teacher's guide and resources that focus on teaching students how to use their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles to evaluate evidence and make value judgements based on scientific data about the causes and impacts of rising sea levels.

Ebola

This online resource gives details on an activity that investigates the advantages and disadvantages of vaccination against Ebola.

The downloadable resources include a step-by-step teacher guide to examining the evidence and a PowerPoint presentation containing student worksheets. 

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