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Getting Involved in Your child's Education

When parents are involved in their children's education, kids do better in school.1. Want to learn how to help your child achieve and succeed? Read on! You'll learn why involvement is so important and suggestions for how to get involved.

Looking at the processes and actions embedded within various team and individual sports is a great way to get exposed to concepts and ideas from physics, engineering, and any other number of basic and applied sciences.



Find out about plants with Zip the bee

This interactive activity provides information about the different parts of a plant, the plant life cycle and pollination.

Backyard Buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, waterways,  backyards and parks. Backyard buddies are also the people who value native animals  and plants, and want to protect and help them.

 This Science Experiment looks at what happens when Food Coloring is mixed with Oil and Water

Electrocity is an online game which involves students building and managing
their own virtual towns and cities, making important decisions and learning
about energy generation and environmental management.

Plug in a TV, switch on a wall light, or turn on an electric guitar and  your world is transformed. All it took was some electricity. But this "juice" wasn't always available to all and in large quantities. Find out how the current situation evolved by exploring a little electricity history.
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Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generator
 Make a small hydroelectric generator that works.

 Harnessing Solar Energy
 To discover the properties of light (radiant) energy from the sun by
 experimenting with solar collectors, cookers, and calculators.

 Renewable Energy Sources
 Students will investigate a variety of renewable energy resources, as well
 as the benefits and drawbacks of each.

 Be an Energy Saver
 This lesson focuses on the scarce and nonrenewable nature of fossil fuels
 in order to stimulate student thinking about energy conservation.

 Sensing Energy: Designing To Stay Cool
 Students will explore the unseen energy produced by the sun.

 Roofus\' Solar Home
 Meet Roofus the dog and find out about his energy efficient home.

 Renewable Energy Links
 Links relating to various types of renewable energy sources compiled by
 Jackie Miers.

Energy: The Alternative
This site explores the use of renewable and alternative energy sources.

 Energy and Energy Transfer
 Explanation of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

Energy Around Us
 Learn about energy and the environment.

 Energy Conservation Game
 In this student interactive, students match energy-using products with
 products that perform similar tasks, but use much less energy.

 Power Up
 As students choose their types of power they want to use, they will learn how much power the plant provides, how much it costs, and the effect it could have on the environment.

Wired to the Earth: Integrated unit

In this unit students research renewable and non-renewable energy sources for use in a new city, and present their findings in a web based information report.
(Level: UP)

Energy sources

The website is aimed at students for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and gives the names of energy sources, how they work, advantages and disadvantages and whether they are renewable. (UP - LS)

 Renewable Energy Lesson Plans
 Each lesson plan was created by a team of professional educators and renewable energy experts and uses information from one of our fact sheets as a starting point for building knowledge.

 Renewable Energy Sources
 Links to information about various renewable energy forms compiled by
Jackie Miers.

 Renewable Energy Sources Lesson
 This lesson is designed to help students investigate and evaluate
renewable energy sources.

 Renewable Energy Quiz
 Students read about renewable energy sources and complete word search and quiz activities.

 Hydro For Kids
 Unit of work on Hydroelectricity.

 Alternative Energy Sources
 Lesson plan on using alternative energy from the sun.

 Energy And Cars: What Does The Future Hold?
 Lesson where students consider the types of alternative energy sources that are currently under research.

 Alternative Energy
 Alternative Energy is organized in four units: Energy, Fuels, Technology
and Environment. Each unit includes lesson plans, background readings,
activities and investigations, tests and answer keys. 

Alternative Energy WebQuest-upper elementary or middle school


Living safely with electricity

Energy Study Sheets and Classroom Activities - Middle School
Produced by the US National Energy Education Development Project, the study sheets and classroom activities available here are aimed at middle school students. The study sheets cover an introduction to energy, petroleum, natural gas, and propane. Among the classroom activities: downloadable energy graphics, energy plays, energy rock performances, and games and icebreakers to introduce and reinforce energy concepts and information.


Energy Management
Primarily aimed at Northern Territory businesses and residents, this site about saving energy describes no cost initiatives (such as doing things in a different way) can achieve huge savings and investments in technical solutions can pay for themselves quickly. There are suggestions for both households and schools about how to save energy in hot-dry, and hot-wet, climates. The site contains calculators, information about appliance running costs, heating and cooling, and saving energy on transport.

Nuclear science in society

These ANSTO curriculum materials, aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students, consist of twelve topics, arranged into four themes: Radioactivity, Life in the nuclear age, Using radiation and Choosing nuclear futures. (UP - LS)


Classroom Management

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Teaching Outside the Box:


How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains


by LouAnne Johnson


This book is a must for beginning teachers and for pros who need new ideas. It combines street smart practicality with the creative thinking we need to reach kids today.


Try RocketReader Kids

RocketReader Kids Free Trial

The ultimate child reading tutor. Ages 4 to 8.


‘Red Rubber Ball’ Bounces in

What is it that excites you, makes you smile and fuels your dreams?

Click on the picture for more about this inspirational book for children.


Kids in the Kitchen


Scarlett’s Yummy Fairy Cakes




Catch the Fly
Mr. Frog needs you to give him the x, y coordinates for a fly so he can dine. Type in the correct coordinates of where the fly lands to feed the frog.



The Courage to Teach:  Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life


by Parker J. Palmer

“Though not an easy book to read, as a teacher of some thirty years I find this book to be challenging, inspiring and definitely thought-provoking. Mr. Palmer is challenging us to reexamine not only our teaching styles but ourselves as teachers..”


Carbon Smart

Calculate a household's greenhouse gas emissions online by answering questions about the use of transport, home appliances, and wastes. Also find
out what can be done to reduce a carbon footprint.




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