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Woodside Australian Science Project Logo
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Publication Date: 04 April 2016

This online teaching package provides hands-on activities with teacher support materials to help with the teaching of the Year 5 Earth and space science components of the Australian Curriculum.

Type of Resources: Unit of Work
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations... > ACSIS093
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations > ACSIS091
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and... > ACSIS087
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer... > ACSIS086
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations > ACSIS218
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to... > ACSIS090
  • Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific... > ACSIS231
  • Year 5 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) > ACSSU078
  • Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people... > ACSHE082
  • Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to... > ACSHE081
  • Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and... > ACSHE217
  • Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve... > ACSHE083
The Moon
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Publication Date: 02 September 2014

This weblink is to an information resource which helps teachers understand the possible misconceptions students hold about day and night.

Type of Resources: Teacher background info
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
A magnifying glass
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Publication Date: 21 August 2014

An online resource to get younger kids thinking about the differences between day and night.

Type of Resources: Weblink
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 1 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Living things have a variety of external features > ACSSU017
  • Year 2 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves > ACSSU030
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
  • Year Foundation > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in,... > ACSHE013
Artist's impression of the Sun
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Publication Date: 11 August 2014

This online resource is a video about the processes that makes the Sun shine.

Type of Resources: Weblink
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS208
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources... > ACSIS206
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent... > ACSIS204
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and... > ACSSU188
Astronaut
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Publication Date: 26 July 2014

This online resource is a video where students can learn the history of the scientific ideas regarding the Earth, Moon and Sun system as well as the theories of Galileo and Isaac Newton.

Type of Resources: Video/animation
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 7 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces, including Earth's... > ACSSU117
Image of the Sun
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Publication Date: 18 June 2014

This downloadable resource is an activity where students determine the distance to the Sun.

Type of Resources: Practical activity/investigation
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS208
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Evaluate conclusions, including identifying sources of uncertainty and possible... > ACSIS205
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between... > ACSIS203
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent... > ACSIS204
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and... > ACSSU188
A person's shadow on the ground
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Publication Date: 14 June 2014

This resource links to three online practical investigations that build understanding of day and night as well as highlighting the properties of light and shadows.

Type of Resources: Practical activity/investigation
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
A\The shadow of a person
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Publication Date: 14 June 2014

This website has some interactives to show how the movement of the Earth makes day and night-time, and changes the direction and length of shadows.

Type of Resources: Interactive/Simulation
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
Rain clouds
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Publication Date: 09 April 2014

This is a downloadable worksheet that probes the thinking of early year students about their understandings of how they respond to weather.

Type of Resources: Assessment task
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 1 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape > ACSSU019