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Natural Selection

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CONTENT STATEMENT

9.3 Blueprint of Life

1. Evidence of evolution suggests that the mechanisms of inheritance, accompanied by selection, allow change over many generations
 - Outline the impact of evolution of plants and animals of:
    - Changes in physical conditions in the environment
    - Changes in chemical conditions in the environment
    - Competition for resources

 

OUTCOMES
11.2 plan first-hand investigations to:
a) demonstrate the use of the terms ‘dependent’ and ‘independent’ to describe
variables involved in the investigation
d) design and trial procedures to undertake investigations and explain why a
procedure, a sequence of procedures or repetition of procedures is appropriate

 

This interactive simulation is based on the evolution and natural selection of a population of rabbits. Students are able to choose different types of mutations that occur on the rabbits and factors that influence their survival and phenotype. A chart is also included in the simulation to allow the students to observe the number of rabbits in the population. This simulation can be used as part of activity where students are to design an experiment on how mutations and the environment control a population. Students are to plan out their experiment first and then use the simulation to produce the results of the experiments.

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Circuit Construction Kit Simulation

Circuit Construction Kit Simulation | Simulatons | Scoop.it

CONTENT STATEMENT
4.6.3 electrical energy
b) construct and draw circuits to show transfer of energy.

 

OUTCOMES
4/5.20 problem-solving
c) use identified strategies to develop a range of possible solutions to a particular problem
4/5.22.2 working in teams
g) monitor progress of the team towards completion of a task

 

This interactive simulation allows students to build their own circuits. Students are provided with the different components of a circuit and are able to use them to create different circuit senarios. This simulation can be used in a classroom activity where students are divided into groups and are given a particular type of circuit to build. When students are finished with making the circuit they are required to save and submit it to the teacher. If the circuit is correctly constructed, the group of students are rewarded with points depending on how fast it took to complete the task. Then they are given a new scenario to solve.

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DNA Replication Simulation

DNA Replication Simulation | Simulatons | Scoop.it

CONTENT STATEMENT

4. The structure of DNA can bechanged and such changes may be reflected in the phenotype of the affected organism
 - describe the process of DNA replication and explain its significance

This is an interactive simulation based on the process of DNA replication. At each step students are required to select commands or complete activities to stimulate the animation and drive the process. For example on the first page students click the ‘unzip’ button to make the DNA molecule divide into two separate strands. Then students are to match the correct bases to the DNA strand to form a new DNA molecule. The simulation also has a ‘help’ button for students if they are stuck at a certain section. This simulation can be used as an activity to compliment teaching on DNA replication. Students will be asked to complete the simulation after teacher has explained the concept. It will be used to visually reinforce the concept as students draw upon what they have just learnt to complete the activity.

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States of Matter Simulation

States of Matter Simulation | Simulatons | Scoop.it

CONTENT STATEMENT
4.7.2 properties of solids, liquids and gases
a) relate properties of solids, liquids and gases to the particle model of matter
b) describe the physical changes that occur during observations of evaporation, condensation, boiling, melting and freezing

 

This interactive simulation shows the characteristics of the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Students are given a list of molecules to choose from and have the option of changing the temperature by adding heat or cooling the molecules. Students can then observe and compare the particles as the temperature is changed. The stimulation can also help students understand that different substances have different properties. In a class activity students will work in pairs to view and use the simulation to answer a worksheet on the states of matter and the properties of different substances.

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Animal Cell Mitosis Simulation

Animal Cell Mitosis Simulation | Simulatons | Scoop.it

CONTENT STATEMENT

8.3 Patterns in Nature
5. Maintenance of organisms requires growth and repair
 - identify the sites of mitosis in plants, insects and mammals

 

OUTCOMES

4/5.18 presenting information
b) select and use an appropriate medium to present data and information

 

This simulation demonstrates the stages of mitosis in an animal cell. It presents students with both a microscopic view of the process and a drawn representation. Students are able to play the animation to show the overall process as well as being able to stop at or choose a particular stage to observe a still frame of what is happening at that phase. This simulation can be used to by the teacher when explaining to students the concept and provide them with a visual representation. Students are then given access to the simulation and use it as a guide to create a poster explaining the stages of mitosis.

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