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Planet Earth viewed from space during the day
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Publication Date: 26 April 2014

In this short video clip, Dr Tanya Hill, the Senior Curator Astronomy at the Melbourne Planetarium, explains why we experience day and night on Earth. (Museum Victoria Resource)

Type of Resources: Video/animation
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
  • Year 3 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships > ACSHE050
Clouds over a grassy field during the day
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Publication Date: 26 April 2014

This online resource identifies the features of the day and night sky.

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
Astronaut doing a spacewalk with a jetpack
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Publication Date: 26 April 2014

This online resource is a colour image of an astronaut on a space walk.

Type of Resources: Presentation slides
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
  • Year 5 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) > ACSSU078
A sunset
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Publication Date: 26 April 2014

This online resource teaches students how night and day occurs.

The resource is a unit of work with a literacy focus, but sequences 1–6 deals with how night and day occurs.

Type of Resources: Unit of Work
Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and... > ACSIS060
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
  • Year 3 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions > ACSHE051