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Pushes and Pulls

This online teaching resource offers advice on how to approach teaching forces and motion to early years students.

This teacher resource discusses students' understandings of forces and motion, pushes and pulls.

It also details learning tasks that will engage students when investigating these concept.

There are also links to academic research on science education for younger primary students.

Pushing and Pulling

This online resource is a series of Flash-based interactives intended to support the learning of early years students when investigating the effect of pushing and pulling on stationary objects.

This interactive learning object consists of four major parts.

1. Starter activity—students identify who is pushing, who is puilling and which items can be pushed and pulled.

2. Main session—students explore the effect of the strength of a push on an object and how far it will travel.

Garden detective: Australian garden

This online resource is a ABC Splash Flash-based interactive game that simulates investigating an Australian garden

The resource is a simulation game that allows students to explore, find, collect, read about and classify a range of creatures commonly found in an Australian garden, including: crickets, wasps, slaters, ants, and dragonflies. In all there are 24 creatures to find.

This interactive game would be suitable for Year 1 students learning about the external features and habitats of creatures commonly found in an Australian garden.

How seeds become plants

This online resource is a 5-minute video that describes and explains the ways in which some seeds develop and grow into plants.

The associated web page includes the transcript of the audio and provides helpful guidance for teachers with a set of sound discussion questions to pose to students at each of the following times:

  1. Before viewing,
  2. As you view,
  3. After viewing, and
  4. Next steps.

This video would support student learning for Year 4 students being taught these concepts.

Everybody's doing the loco-MOTION!

This online resource is a 3-minute video suitable for students at Foundation Year level. It shows vehicles and animals moving in different ways.


This video could be used to support students when learning about movement. It includes the transcript of the audio and provides helpful guidance for teachers with a set of sound discussion questions to pose to students at each of the following stages:


  1. Before viewing,
  2. As you view,
  3. After viewing,

Earthquakes

This online resource on earthquakes has been developed by Geoscience Australia specifically for use in the classroom.

The material available on the site examines the occurrence and origins of earthquakes based on the plate tectonics model. An overview of plate tectonics distinguishes between the types of faults found at the different types of plate boundaries.

Information about the recording and measurement of earthquakes is provided as well as details about primary and secondary earthquake waves and the methods used for locating the epicentre of an earthquake.

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