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This is a collection of resources complied for EDP 4130. The aim of this list is to compile a list of resources for use in a year 3 to 6 classroom in alignment with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies document. All resources have been curated with the content descriptor and year level that may be suitable under this document.
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Draft Australian Curriculum: Technolgies

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A link to the document which will provide further information about the content descriptors included under the various resources.

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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:38 PM

This is the draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies strand document.  It outlines the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities that students should achieve in each year level to support them in using technology to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens (ACARA, 2012; MCEECDYA, 2008).    

 

Mel Austen's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:29 AM

As the title suggests, the Draft of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies, is the technology section of the Australian Curriculum that is currently under development. However, as future educators who will be teaching the subject area of technology, it is imperative to be up to date with the most current curriculum. Therefore this item was scooped to provide easy access to the document to be used as a guide by educators when planning technology-based lessons. 

Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 11:07 PM
The Australian Curriculum- Technology guides us to create lessons that address the requirements of the KLA but also to give students a depth of knowledge of technologies. I think reading this document is important as often we confuse technology with science and I have seen schools where they 'lump' them together as one KLA. I think with this new document that teachers will realise that technology is not science and needs to be taught separately. My problem is that in an over crowded curriculum it is not going to be considered as important as many other subjects such as Maths, English and Science (the top 3) and will struggle for time.
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Corkboard Connections: Making Icy Roads Safer

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This project enables students to see different effects the environment can have on infrastructure like our roads.

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Electricity Worksheets

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This page will take you to a place where you can locate two cloze activities - one for revision on electric circuits and one for revision on electromagnetism. These give students a range of information with students engaging with the text by choosing the appropriate words to slot into the blank spaces.

There are also two cross words designed to help students review concepts already learnt.

 

These resources fall under the Australian Curriculum: Technologies content descriptor 6.4 for years 5 and 6 and are a fun way for students to revise concepts learnt during a unit of work.

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Planting a Native Garden at School for Level 4, Monash Science Centre

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This page in particular has a number of great PDF’s for teachers to look at in relation to gardens and ecosystems.

PDF 1 - looks at Ecosystems in some detail. Students are encouraged to investigate gardens and start to think about various things like the natures food pyramid that could impact on their schools gardens. 

PDF 2 - looks at different types of soils, how students can test these and how best to plant a native garden.

PDF 3 - Looks at rainfall and sunlight. Students observe different gardens to see how different amounts of rainfall and sunlight affect the plant growth and why some gardens would grow better with covers.

PDF 5 - looks at the animals and insects that can be found within these gardens and form part of the ecosystem. This is a great way to encourage students to research what animals and insects lived in the Indigenous Garden Zone.

 

All these PDF's are covered in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies under content descriptor 4.3.

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Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

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Via Andrea Taylor, Katrina Elliott
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This website has some wonderful information when looking at the food technologies content descriptors for both years 3 /4 and years 5/ 6. There is also a subscription page where teachers can subscribe and be emailed a range of various lesson plan ideas and activities.

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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 24, 2013 3:01 AM

After doing a unit on designing a community project, this would be a great way to allow the students to be involved in a real-life learning and put to practice the design processes that they learnt about from the unit.  From this website you can find lesson plans, activities and units that could be used in your classroom.

 

Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:44 AM
I love the way Stephanie has used her knowledge and past it onto to schools. It would be interesting to know if the children at participating schools, have a lower obesity rate. I think if children are involved in the whole process of the food production chain, then I think this surely could reduce obesity rates in young children.
Stephanie White's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:58 AM

The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides resources for teachers to use in order to implement the Australian Curriculum. The program highlights the learning that takes place in the classroom, kitchen and garden. It emphasises the flavours as well as the nutritional benefits of fresh foods. The program also stresses the importance of balanced diets and foods in moderation. It has proven to show social benefits to all students, including those with special needs. 

 

This links to many relevant content descriptors such as ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating."

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Speed Boat

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The Speed Boat experiment is a fun activity that could be done as an introductory to a unit involving boat designs and friction. This activity would show students a way in which could be used to power a boat.

In the Australian Curriculum: Technologies year 3/ 4 students in content descriptor 4.4 explore movement that can be initiated by combining materials and using forces.

Using the vinegar and baking soda adds as a great way to lead into rubber bands and other means of moving a boat.

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Squishy Circuits

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Make play-dough creatures with light-up eyes by making the circuitry out of the dough itself!
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This would be a fun and hands on way to engage students in years 5 &6 in exploring circuit designs.

This link includes all the steps and equipment needed to complete this fun filled activity.

This activity fits into the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies under content descriptor 6.4

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 3:58 PM
This is a great resource to integrate science and technology.
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Build an Indoor Compost Bin

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Free sustainability lesson on composting for students in grades 3 through 5 . Build an Indoor Compost Bin.  Students will be able to...
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This is a great resource for building a compost bin with students. Building composts bins fits into the Australian Curriculum: technologies in years 3/4 under content descriptor 4.2 - Investigate the effectiveness and sustainability of a range of technologies, materials, systems, tools and equipment that support local community needs.

Elaboration - investigate technologies, materials, systems, tools and equipment for suitability when designing and making a product, service or environment for example  a composting system for household waste management.

 

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ACARA. (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retreived from: http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Static/docs/Technologies/Draft%20Australian%20Curriculum%20Technologies%20-%20February%202013.pdf

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Marsha Farr's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:13 AM

Great hands on task for the year 3-4(ACARA, 2013). Outcome 4.2- includes investigating household compost systems

Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 4:00 PM
Great lesson that can be adapted for older years also and really become a project to help improve the school environment whilst learning about technology.
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Activity Plan 5-6: Build a Boat that Floats! | Scholastic.com

Activity Plan 5-6: Build a Boat that Floats! | Scholastic.com | Technology Resources - Lets build together | Scoop.it
Can children make a boat that floats? Provide the materials and watch what happens!
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This boat lesson could be altered to add some rubber bands and paddle pop sticks on the back so that students could explore movement. This fits in with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies for years 3/4 under content descriptor 4.4

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BrainPOP | Technology | Learn about Building Basics

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In this educational animated movie about Technology learn about construction, shelters, pyramids, Stonehenge, and doorways.
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Another movie that could be used in the bridge unit for year 3/4. I highly recommend the Brain Pop site it has some great resources for technology for different year levels as well as other subject ares. Well worth a look.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 11:16 PM
I agree Jasmine this site has helpful resources that are clearly itemised in subject areas.The videos would be useful tools to many lessons.
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Build the Bridge - Play it now at Coolmath-Games.com

Build the Bridge at Cool Math Games: Your goal is to use the pieces provided to create a safe path for the train to travel across to the tunnel..
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This game could be used for year 3/4 students as a reward for finshing work in a bridge building unit of work or as something to help students to see how it is important to make sure the bridge is level and has supporting beams underneath. Building bridges fits into the Australian Curriculum: Technologies under Content Descriptor 4.4.

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Year 5/6 - Torches Unit

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This particular page has a step by step guide to designing a variety of torches to fit with different occassions like Christmas, Halloween, camping - adding an extra element to a technology unit on the build of torches. This would fit in with the year 5/6 unit on Electricity following Content Descriptor 6.4 in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies.

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Kim Fox's comment, March 5, 2013 7:20 PM
These torches resource are fantastic Jasmine! I also like how you have linked each post to the relevant descriptor of the curriculum, making it easy to see the alignment of your choices.
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D is for… Dioramas – Your Own Little World « Grandmother Wren

D is for… Dioramas – Your Own Little World « Grandmother Wren | Technology Resources - Lets build together | Scoop.it
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This website is a great resource for learning all about dioramas. There is a fantastic YouTube clip explaining key points to designing dioramas with students as well as different habitats that can be designed with your students from the Africa Savannah to Polar Bears. These ideas also include animal templates that students can colour, cut and place in their own dioramas.

This will fit in with the Australian Curriculum: Technology in years 3 /4 and fits in perfectly with the Science unit of Living things.

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Recycling for Kids - Fun Experiments, Free Games, Cool Projects, Science Online

Recycling for Kids - Fun Experiments, Free Games, Cool Projects, Science Online | Technology Resources - Lets build together | Scoop.it
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This is a great one stop website for information relating to a recycling unit of work for the students in years 5 and 6.

It contains lesson plans which talk about the 4 R's as well as giving some great project ideas like making jig saw puzzles out of old items and paper figurines out of scrap paper.

There are also a lot of facts about recycling for example what can be recycled, information about different things that get recycled and what recycling actually is.

There is a word search and quiz to help check and expand on students understand of the vocabulary within the unit of work.

 

There are also so great experiments like making a robot out of everyday household materials, making parachute men out of plastic bags and string as well as making invisible ink out of lemon juice.

 

All of these activities can be covered in a recycling unit in the Australian Curriculum: technologies in year 5 and 6 under content descriptor 6.1

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Jenni Atkinson's curator insight, May 19, 2013 11:12 PM

Recycling - a great way to get kids to create and design using materials that they already have access to whilst saving the planet.Teaching students about recyling is vital as they learn how to problem solve to create sustainable solutions.

 

Sophie Smith's comment, May 29, 2013 11:46 PM
Great tool for teaching recycling to the upper grades - a part of the Australian Curriculum for 5 and 6. I think it is vital for students to understand how much we could recycle but don't and the impact this is having on the world. These kind of lessons, allow us not only to recycle but the students to get creative in their technology design!
Teegan King's comment, June 8, 2013 8:01 AM
I think this is a great website and I love the different projects they provide. I think children will be engaged by these insightful activities as they allow students to make, design and create all by using recycled materials.
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Safety Procedures, Monash Science Centre

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The particular list of Safety Procedures would be a great starting place when teaching students about safe, responsible and cooperative work practices.

 

This is covered under the Australian Curriculum: Technologies content descriptors 4.7 for years 3 and 4; as well as content descriptor 6.8 for years 5 and 6.

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AgAware - Curriculum - Metropolitan Region - Brisbane Office

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This site offers a number of different units of work. These units of work can be used in the classroom to help cover a number of different content descriptors on the Australian Curriculum: Technologies document for students in year 3 - 6. The farming unit in particular looks at ecosystems and the soil needed for farming.

The produce unit of work gives students an insight into the sustainability of agricultural businesses in relation to produce.

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Homemade Greenhouse

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A simple Greenhouse experiment. This activity falls under content descriptor 4.3 for years 3/ 4 under the Australian Curriculum: Technologies document. This activity would help students to see how a green house could help with the production of growing plants. Students could plant the seeds and monitor the progress of these over a period of weeks noting the differences between the seeds both inside and outside the jar as well as the various conditions - weather, water, if fertiliser is used.

At the end students could compare the growth rates and do a report on which was the better growing conditions and why.

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Kirsty Chaloner's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:51 PM

Found this awesome resource on a fellow students scoop it page. What a great idea to have students follow the process of their food growing and experimenting with different influences from humans/weather etc.

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Reduce waste - LivingGreener.gov.au

Reduce waste - LivingGreener.gov.au | Technology Resources - Lets build together | Scoop.it
The first step to reducing household waste is to rethink our assumptions about what waste is. If we shift our thinking about the lifespan of products that we use and the lifecycle of produce that we consume, we can make landfill a last resort.
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This particular site has a range of various information in regards to different sustainability issues. This page however has information on Reducing waste and recycling. As part of the year 5/6 Australian Curriculum: Technologies students are encouraged to look into recycling. This is covered under content descriptor 6.1

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Marsha Farr's curator insight, April 3, 2013 7:02 PM

The Living Greener website is full of easy to understand information on reducing waste. Covering topic such as reducing waste, recycling, plastics, reused and recycled products, kitchen and food waste, hazardous materials, home electronic waste and building waste. The facts on each area could be used to address many areas of the Technology curriculum a few examples Teaching students about how we recycle waste- year 2 - 2.1 Understand how people, including designers and technologists, design and

produce familiar products, services and environments to meet personal and local community needs

The role of plastics from recycing plastic to the creation of new products- Year 3 and 4  outcome- 4.1 Recognise factors that impact on the design of products, services and environments including the role of designers and technologists to meet local community needs.

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Kidsgrow resources : Nursery and Garden Industry Australia

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This is a great resource page for any class wanting to start a class gardening project.  There is a link to important resources which includes a number of different gardens and what students can achieve from each different garden. This resource also gives links to other subject areas such as literacy, numeracy, maths and science to tie all subjects to the gardening project. A safety chart is also provided which could be laminated and hung in the classroom as well as information that could be printed out and bound in a booklet for access to information for students.

This resource will suit gardening projects for the purpose of this collection in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 in accordance with the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies document.

Years 3 &4 - under content descriptors 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3

Years 5 &6 under content descriptor 6.3

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Geometry of Bridge Construction

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This page can add further information to the theory side of a bridge design unit for year 3/4. It also provides some photos that may prove useful for students when thinking of the design of their bridge.

The bridge unit fits into the Australian Curriculum: Technologies framework under content descriptor 4.4

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BUILDING BIG: All About Bridges

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This site is well worth a look for year 3/4 bridges unit of work. This site has information on different famous bridges, interactive games and valuable information on bridges that the students could work through in groups.

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BrainPOP | Technology | Learn about Bridges

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In this educational animated movie about Technology learn about arches, architecture, tresses, compression, and tension.
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A short clip that will help students better understand different types of bridges and give them insight into things that help reinforce bridges. Bridges unit of work year 3/4 in accordance with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies

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Primary Resources: Design and Technology

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Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers.
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This wonderful site has a Torches Investigation sheet, booklet, design sheet and many more useful resources that can be used in a unit on Torches for years 5/6 in accordance with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies content descriptor 6.4.

This site also has other techology projects including one of bridges which can be used for years 3/4 under content descriptor 4.4 of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies.

 

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Torches - Year 5/6

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This Interactive White Board Activity would work well in a Year 5/6 class. It falls in line with the Australian Curriculum: Technologys under the following content descriptor:

6.4 Explain how forces or electrical energy can be used to control movement, sound or light
in a product or system and consider how material properties and construction processes
influence the design and construction of structures
Elaborations:
• deconstructing a product or system to discover how movement, sound or light can be controlled, for example taking apart a torch or buzzer and exploring circuit design.

This activity is an excellent way to help introduce students to the different parts of a torch and work together as a class before students go off in groups to reconstruct their own torches.

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