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Plant or animal? - Food a fact of life

Plant or animal? - Food a fact of life | Technology and the Natural Environment | Scoop.it
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This online resource is an interactive game to teach students about the different foods that come from animals and plants. They have to sort through the foods and determine whether the food has derived from a plant or an animal. Teacher can use this as a class game to help the younger students or poor readers join in. This game would assist teachers to teach the following content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum: Technologies:

Foundation to Year 2:
Content:
Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is
selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

Elaboration:
Exploring which plants and animals can provide food or materials for clothing and shelter and what basic needs those plants and animals have

Identifying products that can be designed and produced from plants and animals, for example food products, paper and wood products, fabrics and yarns, and fertilisers.

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Bush Tucker Takeaway

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Bush Tucker Takeaway is a wonderful Australian story about a mean and lazy Dingo who catches his fellow Australian (Aussie) animals. It is a little fun rhyming story with a moral not to be lazy and go and eat fast unhealthy takeaway food but eat health
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This image is of a story book for children to teach them about different Aboriginal foods. The story book portrays Australian Animals and teaches children to cook healthier and make wise food choices. This story book could aid teachers to teach the following content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum: Technologies:

Foundation to Year 2
Content:
Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is
selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)
Elaboration:
Identifying and categorising a wide range of foods, including Aboriginal bush foods, into food groups and describing tools and equipment needed to prepare these for healthy eating

Exploring how people from different cultures produce different cuisines based on the plants and animals in their region and available tools and equipment exploring the tools, equipment and techniques used to prepare food safely and hygienically for healthy eating.

This book can be found and purchased on the link provided. Click on the image.

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turftroubles.pdf

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This resource is a great file for teachers to help support them when teaching older students about soil. The file guides teachers with different learning activities support their students when learning about the environment and soil. It produces different lessons and engaging experiments and activities for students to engage with. This resource can assist teachers to teach any of the following Australian Curriculum: Technologies content descriptors:

Year 5 and 6:

Content:
Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments
(ACTDEK021)

Elaborations:
Investigating and experimenting with different tools, equipment and methods of preparing soil and the effect on soil quality and sustainability, for example when designing a garden for a community group.

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Technology Resources for 'Food and Fibre Production'

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Australian Curriculum: Technology curriculum ideas
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Great Blog on resources to use to teach Technology! Check it out!

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Top 10 Apps for Taking Tech Outdoors

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List of the Top 10 Apps for Taking Tech Outdoors.
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This site and image provides teachers with a list of top 10 applications that can be installed on an IPad, Tablet or Iphone, which enables her students to access technology to learn about a variety of learning content descriptions from the Austalian Curriculum: Technology. Years 5 and 6 explore, generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation technique (ACTDEP025). In description, this will include students representing and communicating design ideas using modelling and drawing standards including the use of digital technologies, for example scale; symbols and codes in diagrams; pictorial maps and aerial views using web mapping service applications. This website demonstrate many apps, such as google Earth to allow students to view aerial views of the environment and using mapping services. These application are easily accessable and useable, and I as a preservice teacher, will definitely consider using some of these apps to cover content of the Australian Curriculum: Technology and many other Curriculum areas.

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Exploring Plants and Healthy Eating

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Kids Gardening Activity, Learning and Coloring Sheets
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This easily usable site provides teachers and students with fantastic recipes, resources, printable work sheets, facts and guides to teach children how to grow plants and prepare these plants to make healthy meals and snacks. In the Australian Curriculum: Technology (foundation to year 2), children will be exploring how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003). This site does just that, by allowing students to access a wide variety of resources. Students can learn about the food groups, how foods are selected and why these foods are healthy. 

 

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My Family Likes Bush Tucker BIG BOOK BNew Indigenous Teacher Resource Australian

My Family Likes Bush Tucker BIG BOOK BNew Indigenous Teacher Resource Australian | Technology and the Natural Environment | Scoop.it
My Family Likes Bush Tucker BIG BOOK BNew Indigenous Teacher Resource Australian in Books, Magazines, Children's Books | eBay
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My Family likes bush Tucker, is another great story book about Aboriginal foods. This books will capture young viewers interests through the large imagery and words. This book in a ‘Big Book’ and a fantastic resource to identify Aboriginal foods. This resource will help teachers teach the following content description from the Australian Curriculum: Technologies:

Foundation to Year 2:

Content:
Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is
selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

Elaboration:
Identifying and categorising a wide range of foods, including Aboriginal bush foods, into food groups and describing tools and equipment needed to prepare these for healthy eating.

This book can be purchased through the link provided. Click on the image.

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Understanding bush foods

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Did you know that you can mix the nectar from some native flowers with water to make a sweet drink? Explore the Royal...
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This resource is a link to a video about Tasty Bush Tucker that Aboriginal people prepare and eat to survive in the bush. The video explores different plants and foods that Aboriginal people lived on and how they prepared the foods to eat. This video is a great resource for older children to view, especially in years 5 and 6 as it meets the following content descriptions from the Australian Curriculum: Technologies:

Year 5 and 6

Content Description:
Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACTDEK022)

Elaboration:
Considering traditional and contemporary methods of food preparation used in a variety of cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander methods.

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weaving magic naturally

weaving magic naturally | Technology and the Natural Environment | Scoop.it
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This website is a great informational resource to teach children how natural plants can be used for a range of different purposes to solve a problem. It demonstrates how plants can be woven into baskets, shelters or clothing to meet basic needs; a form of technology. This resource can be used to assist teachers when teaching the following Australian Curriculum Technologies content strands.

Year 3 and 4

Content:
Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)

Elaboration:
Investigating the suitability of technologies − materials, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and making a product, service or environment, for example a toy for a young child, a composting system for household waste management, raised garden
beds for improved access, weaving nets, bags or baskets

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A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it ...
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This YouTube video is an inspirational video aimed at educators to motivate them to bring technology into their classrooms and their learning experiences. I think this video would be very inspirational to teachers who are unsure how to implement technology into their teaching and motivating them to do so, especially in the Australian Curriculum; Technology. This video shows many different forms of technology that would be useful to teach any content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum: Technology, and can even be used when teaching the technology aspect of the environment, for examle; using applications from the top 10 apps for taking technology outdoors. Or using digital cameras to observe and create digital learning stories; great way to teach the Foundation year to year 2 content descriptor ACTDEP015; Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques by exploring ways of joining, connecting and assembling components that ensure success generating a range of design ideas for intended products, services,environments identifying the properties of materials needed for the designed solution visualising and exploring innovative design ideas by producing thumbnail drawings, models and labelled drawings to explain features and modifications planning, sharing and documenting creative ideas and processes using digital tools such as a class blog or collaborative document (ACARA, 2014).

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Plants and Clothing

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This unit plan provides teachers with great opportunities to focus on the Australian Curriculum: Technologies by elaborating on the content description (foundation - year 2): Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003). The unit is very easy to understand and navigate and allows children to explore how plants can provide food and materials for clothing and shelter. They will learn which products are derived from plants and animals such as food products, paper, wood, fabrics, yarns and fertilisers. This unit plan will elaborate on this content descriptor, by teaching children that fruits, vegetables, clothes, toys and furniture all come from pants to some extent. Students will explore how plants play an important role in their everyday lives and how we depend on them. Students will also learn how to care for plants and how to grow them.

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Technology and the Environment

This site provides a wealth of technology information sheets for pupils and teachers
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This site provides easily accessable and great resources, lessons, activities, experiments and information for both students and teachers to learn about the natural environment and how technology impacts particular aspects of the environment. From wind power to solar power and many more topics, teachers and students can access great learning activities to help build their knoweldge about the natural world and how the world is becoming increasingly dependent on technology (Ryan, 2009). For some activities on this site, teachers can easily modify the content of example lessons to cater for their specific class, making it easier or more challenging. This site can be very beneficial to teachers who are exploring content descriptors; ACTDEK002 (Foundation to year 2); Explore how technologies use forces to create movement in products, ACTDEK011 (Year 3 and year 4); Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a product or system and ACTDEK020 (Year 5 and year 6); Investigate how forces or electrical energy can control movement, sound or light in a designed product or system (ACARA, 2014).

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