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Year 9 Science

The following curriculum resources are designed for units which follow the Australian Curriculum. Each unit is one term long and will have a central topic such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Geology. The Learning Goals and Success Criteria documents are the key guide to the instructional program for each unit.
The units, in order are;
Term 1: Chemistry
Term 2: Ecology and Earth systems Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7
Term 3: Energy - Electricity, Sound, and Light
Term 4: Body Systems

Term 1: Chemistry

Students study structure of atoms, chemical reactions, Acids and Bases, and reactions with metals.

Assessment: Examination in week 7, Experiment report (EEI) due week 9.

Learning Goals and Success Criteria Links to the term planner but are more important as all assessment is drawn from the LG and SC

Student Term planner

Homework sheet 1 Covers LG 1

ANSWERS Homework sheet 1

LG 1 - I understand that all matter is made of atoms which are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons

Atomic structure

The Atom Song

Structure of Atoms - by Tyler DeWhitt

Notes for Atomic Structure - 1 pager of typed notes. Need to cut and paste in and go through and highlight or underline key knowledge. Pretty much memorise the info on this page.

Electron energy levels in elements - Template for filling the electrons in the correct shells. Word doc so you can vary the contast to get a good printout. Original pdf is from Amer. Chem. Society here

Text/Qs on Atoms - 3pgs of text plus 1 pg of Qs - can do all Qs. Can just use the Qs, but notes are good for students who miss class and need to keep up.

Worksheet on Atomic and Mass numbers - good practice, but repetitive. Some questions given clues (protons, neutrons, electrons, etc) to the identity of elements

History of Atomic structure in pictures - cut and paste (PAGE 1) in, with teacher needing to put some notes (SEE PAGE 2) on board for students to complete.

Teaching plans for electron energy levels - 20 pages with additional info for those teachers a little less familiar with the idea. Cut/paste from Amer.Chem.Soc.

Taxonomy exercise on Atoms etc - a little literacy work, starts easy.

History of Atomic Chemistry - crash Course

Radiation and Isotopes

What are, and what causes radioactive isotopes? - 5 mins, by FuseSchool. Explain what isotopes are, why some are radioactive, and a little about how they are used. Excellent, but does not cover types of radiation.

Notes on Types of Radiation - Scroll down to heading 5. Covers alpha, beta, and gamma in the form of info you can make notes from. Open the image on the right, and cut and paste into your notebook. This demonstrates the penetrating powers of the three types of nuclear radiation. n, neutrons are emitted in nuclear reactions, not by isotopes, so are not part of this course.

Diagrams of Radiation - these contain the notes needed by students and are good visuals - use heading to organise and cut and paste in

Link to some common industrial radioistopes (scroll down on page)

Radioactive decay activity - simulation and graphing activity on radioactive dating. To tell the truth I don't use this.

Nuclear Radioactivity Worksheet - covers radioactivity and radiation reactions. More detail than needed for this course, but good. I edit it and use Qs 1-4, and Q 8. A copy is HERE

Answers to above worksheet - Qs 1-6 only

LG 2 - I understand that chemical reactions involve rearranging atoms to form new substances

Homework sheet 2 Covers LG 2

Homework sheet 2 ANSWERS

Difference between Atoms and Molecules - by Tyler DeWhitt

The next three worksheets are easy "review" worksheets or introduction to the terms molecule, compound, mixture, pure substance.

Worksheet & Infoon Elements, Compounds , Mixtures - from Aurum Science website. Excellent site by James Dauray. I am wary of links, so a hard copy of James's worksheet is here

Elements, Mixtures, Compounds (EASY) Worksheet - Orb education, understanding of key terms

Elements, Mixtures, Compounds Worksheet - Orb Education, similar to above, a little more difficult

Worksheet & info: Parts of a Chemical Rn - from Aurum Science website. Excellent site by James Dauray. I am wary of links, so a hard copy of James's worksheet is here

*Looking inside Chemical Reactions - Worksheet to get students focused on what happens when chemicals react - looking at the atoms rearranging and the bonds broken and formed

How to write simple chemical formulae - Tyler DeWitt (simple clear examples)

Table of ions - Small table, has the basic ions for writing chemical formulae

Writing formulae with polyatomic ions - Tyler DeWitt (shows use of brackets)

*How to balance chemical equations - Mike Corsetti (slow but simple and easy to follow)

Theory and practice of balancing chemical equations - good source of notes for this section

*Balancing chemical reaction - nice simple examples of balancing practice

*Balancing Equation Worksheets (and answers) - I used worksheet four. Scroll down to the worksheets and answers. There are four worksheets available, and two quizes at the very bottom. Thanks thoughtco!

Energy in Chemical Reactions - notes for Energy in Chemical reactions. I add a couple of simple questions about how to recognise each type of reaction.

Experiment - Exothermic or Endothermic? - Student sheets, instructions and questions. Teacher notes below. Based on a RAC experiment

Experiment TEACHER NOTES - from the RAC site, apologies for breaking copyright and placing a copy here.

LG 3 - Students will understand that chemical reactions including combustion and the reaction of acids are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer

Homework sheet 3 Covers LG 3

ANSWERS Homework sheet 3

Acids and Bases ppt - excellent for the notes needed

Acids and Bases ppt - I like the start of this one as at the start it makes the case for how important an understanding of acids and bases is.

CFU on Acids and bases - simple PPtwhich has about 5 questions to Check For Understanding.

Small "fill in the blanks" CFU on Acids and Bases basics - a hard copy is HERE.

Text on Acids and Bases - Chemlibre text. Comprehensive (very) for notes. Well above a regular year nine level.

Experiment - reactions of acids - contains 3 experiments involving reactions with metals, carbonates, and bases.

Work up to 28th Feb - for students to catch up. Does not include prac work, almost all the handouts are from this web page.

Combustion definition amd notes - a good source of notes, explains why oxygen is so important. Does not discuss CELLULAR RESPIRATION. By

Combustion reactions in Chemistry - More examples, but not glucose. Neither site really discusses Oxidation or rust of metals (hint - it's about RATE and MECHANISM). Also by

Will have to make up a worksheet for the two sites above which will direct students in the process of making notes. In addition you could get students to make similies, analogies or metophors. The metaphor which one student created: "respiration is the fire inside of you".

Revision sheets and ANSWERS



Additional Revision Sheet

ANSWERS - Additional Revision Sheet

LG 4 - Students will be able to investigate the reaction of different acids with a metal.

This learning goal and the success criteria are covered entirely by the students extended experimental investigation below.

Assignment for 2021 - Experimental report, presented as a poster

Poster templates - can download for free, or at least I could

Poster Exemplar - Best I could do overnight. There are some places where this exemplar would lose marks. You need to read the assessmentcriteria. Will go thru it in class.

The following resources refer to older assignments from 2020 and 2019

2019 DRIVE CLASS Assignment - Extended Experimental investigation also not available yet, but coming soon.

Exemplar for Drive Assignment The writing task for (9D) the drive class is more complex, so this exemplar should help with the intoduction,data analysis, discussion, and conclusion. The exemplar is at a year ten A level, so I do not neccesarily expect this level work from a year nine class.

TEMPLATE for Drive Assignment template for writing the report (headings mainly)

TERM 2 - Unit 2: Ecology and Earth systems

Students consider the forces shaping the Earth in terms of plate tectonics and the relationships within ecosystems.

Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Student Planner - Weekly planner.

(week 5 - on the geology section).
Assignment (week 8 and 9 - on the ecosystem section). There is a choice of assignment, and they will be available here in week 8.

Week 1 (3 lessons)

There is not a huge amount of work in week 1 as we need to adjust to the new online format I am trialing. 1st step is gain familiarity with the OneNote and stileapp. This week is mainly about some basic geology of the earth and rocks that you need for this course.

STILEAPP Login page - You should all be logged in to my class in the stileapp. However if you are not, go to STILEAPP login page (search in a search engine) and find the class code login button near the bottom. The class invite code is 8JVK93 (valid till end of April). If you are completly new to stile - follow the instruction in the collaborative space (tab on connecting to STILE) in your onenote.

Learning goal 1: Success Criteria 1 to 4

The first video and quiz serve as an introduction to the unit and are not directly covered in the Success Criteria

Geological History of the Earth - DON'T do this One by Geoscience. Watch this clip and answer the quiz below in your onenote.

*Quiz to go with history of the earth video - Complete this quiz - it is in your onenote already - the homework section. Use the draw, highlight tools to indicate your answer.

*Structure of the Earth Worksheet - Download and complete this worksheet . Adapted from QLD It is easier to work on it as a word doc as you can type directly onto it. I will show you in class. Then insert as a printout into homwork page, Wk1 b.

*Introduction to rock types - Complete this worksheet (it's already in your homework section). Check hwk folder for Wk1 c

STILEAPP Login page - You should have a topic called Active Earth available. Complete lessons 1.1 Structure of the Earth, and 2.1 Rocks and Minerals in the stile app.

Summary of week 1 - you should know some detail on the layers of the earth, and the 3 basic rock types. You should have completed 3 worksheets in OneNote and 2 activities in the stileapp.

Week 2 (2 lessons)

Learning goal 1: SC 2 to 6 - yes, there is some overlap with week one.

We have a short week (2 lessons) this week so I have removed one activity for you and moved one to next week. I will show you how to get your Onenote work done as a printout this week.

STILEAPP Login page - Complete lesson 3.1 Continental Drift and Quiz 3.1 Continental Drift, in the stile app.

Plate Tectonics - by Geoscience. Watch this clip to do the quiz below. Not this year 9M, we will do the other two activities.

Quiz to go with Plate tectonics video - Complete this quiz - Not this year 9M, we will do the other two activities.

1b Plate Tectonics - What is this theory? notes and questions - Download this word doc and answer the questions on it. Then insert it into your homework section, onto a page called Wk2 ii. Insert as a printout!

1c Why do Plates Move?notes and questions - Download this word doc and answer the questions on it. Then insert it into your homework section, onto a page called Wk2 iii. Insert as a printout!

Summary of week 2 - you should know the difference between continental drift and plate tectonics and recal two two main types of plates and what happens at veriuos plate boundaries. You will have completed 2 sets of notes in OneNote and 2 activities in the stileapp.

NOTE: The following resources are not currently being used for (online) learning, but are related to the week 2 work on plate tectonic / continental drift learning goal.

Map of Tectonic plates - a good one, simple but all the detail. Found it on pintrest, not sure of Author.

Idea for a demo on Plate tectonics - not entirely sure how it could work as a student centred "investigation" (safety wise) but not a bad idea.

Pangrea puzzle - 3 page doc, puzzle is on page 2. Print the first 2 pages back to back, read the first and cut up the second page for the pangea puzzle. Clue to the answer is on page 3

Pangrea puzzle again but with a fossil key and questions

Divergent Plate Boundaries - by Geoscience

Quiz to go with Divergent Plate video - multichoice and short answer

The terms constructive and Destructive are alternative ways of describing plate boundaries. Brief notes - Divergent = constructive, Convergent (subduction) = destructive

Convergent Plate Boundaries - by Geoscience

Quiz to go with Convergent plate Boundaries video - multichoice and short answer

Transform Plate Boundaries - by Geoscience

Quiz to go with Transform Plate Boundaries video - multichoice and short answer

Week 3 (2 lessons)

This is a shorter week due to the public holiday, as we have only two lessons - so there is less work below than in previous weeks. For some of you who have been working hard that means less to do and a chance to relax a little. However for those students who have not completed activites in previous weeks this is an opportunity to catch up.

STILEAPP Login page - Complete lesson 3.2 Plate tectonics and Quiz 3.2 Plate tectonics in the stile app. These activities are relatively short.

1d Types of Plate Boundaries notes and tasks - Download this word doc and save it. There are a few simple tasks to complete on this doc for which you will need to do some internet research. Once you have completed the sheet, insert it into the OneNote, in your homework tab, into a page called "Wk3 Types of Plate Boundaries". You could also add it to your student notes tab.

Earthquakes - pretty much everything you need to know There is no worksheet for this video as I would normally use it to generate a class discussion with general review questions. You should watch it... great story of science. Narrated by Hank Green (be ready - he talks fast! can set on .8 or .9 speed) and produced by Scishow

Summary of week 3 - you should know the the relationship between plate boundaries and earthquakes and volcanoes. You will have completed 1 lesson, and 1 quiz in the stileapp, watched one video, and completed one word doc which you inserted as a printout in your homework tab in the OneNote.

NOTE: The following resources are not currently being used for (online) learning, but are related to the week 3 work - some provide information specific to australia and th pacific region.

Rate of Plate Movement - by Geoscience. Watch this clip to do the quiz below.

Quiz to go with Rate of Plate Movement video - This is a hard QUIZ, but has the answers. Complete this quiz - it is in your onenote - the homework section. Use the draw, highlight tools to indicate your answer.

Week 4 (3 lessons)

Our exam is next week!

Interactive map - Plates, vocanoes, and earthquakes. - Provides some excellent visuals on the relationship between Plate tectonics and earthquakes and volcanoes. Use this interactive to get an idea of the relationship between plate boundaries and volcano distribution, and earthquake occurance. Open the OneNote, the Homework tab, a page called "Wk4 Plate Boundaries, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes" and type answers to the four simple Qs.

Recent history of the Indo-Australian plate - This article is about the indo-australian tectonic plate. It is not long, and there is word doc (directly below) which has some simple Qs you should be able to answer after reading this article. A hard copy is here.

Qs to go with the INDO-AUSTRALIAN plate article above - Download this word doc and save it. There are a few simple Qs to complete on this doc for which you will need to read the article above. Once you have completed the sheet, insert it into the OneNote, in your homework tab, into a page called "Wk4 Qs on Indo-Australian plate". You could also add the article to a page in your student notes tab.

Tectonic Plates review quiz Download this word doc and complete it on your computer. I had written it so you can easily type into it as a word doc. Then insert it into your OneNote on a "Wk3 LG1 Quiz" page in the homework tab. I cannot find original source to attribute these Qs to. You will be marked on this quiz.

Summary of the impact tectonic plate movement is having on Pacific Islands - Bit long but is not hard to read. Very interesting in how it contrasts the ideas of sea level rise and subduction of land.

Revision sheet for the geology section - REVISION - thanks Ms Kirkman.

Summary of week 4 - You should have completed one page directly in the OneNote, have downloaded two docs, completed them and inserted into pages in the OneNote. No stile activities this week. You should have downloaded and completed the revision sheet, and we should have done a couple of hands-on activities in Friday's lesson.

NOTE: The following resources are not currently being used for (online) learning, but are related to the week 4 work.

Tsunami - cause and propagation

Week 5 (3 lessons)

Our exam this week, so a short week of theory onour new topic Ecosystems. This week is an intro to Ecosystems and abiotic and Biotic factors. You will have covered some of the basics, mainy food webs and food chains in year 7. This week is mainly a recap of existing knowledge as you need to know all the basics to do well in your assessment at the end of term. There are three activities in your OneNote as an intro to Ecosystems and one stileapp lesson to complete.

Learning goal 2 (3 weeks): Students will understand that ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment, matter and energy flow through these systems

Ecology (crashcourse) - watch this - as usual he talks fast but a good intro to this term. Can slow down to 0.85 speed.

The importance of ecosystems - Read and answer Qs - Do this directly in your OneNote, in your homework tab, on a Wk 5 page called "Ecosystems – Why do we need them?". Reading and comprehension, simple, and has 4 questions to answer. Focuses on why Ecosytems are so important.

Ecosystems Introduction - Read and answer Qs - Also do this directly in your OneNote, in your homework tab, on a Wk 5 page called "Reading comprehension Ecosystems". Reading exercise, very simple. Has answers

Worksheet introducing the idea of ecosystems - Move the missing words into the right spot - Download this one as a word doc and work on it in Word. This will allow you to drag and drop the missing wortds. Insert this into your OneNote in your homework tab, Wk 5 page called "Introduction to Ecosystems". Match the missing words. The missing words are at the bottom of the page, and are in text boxes so they can be moved to fit the worksheet - simply left click, hold and move to where the word fits.

STILEAPP Login page - Work in the new topic of ECOSYSTEMS. Complete the lesson 2.1 - What are Ecosystems?, it should be the only lesson visible to you. This may take you a while as there is one quite long activity in it.

Week 6 (3 lessons)

This week will be some work on Biotic relationships and then a focus on the flow of energy and matter within ecosystems. Much of this knowledge and understanding assumes you remember some basic knowledge of food chains and food webs. You will find some food web work this week to check you are back in the groove.

There is one Stile app activity and 3 activities listed below to complete, along with a set of notes you should store in your OneNote.

STILEAPP Login page - Work in the new topic of ECOSYSTEMS. Complete the lesson 2.6 - Symbiosis, not too long.

How wolves can save a river - a story of interdependance - Watch this. Local copy is here. This short video covers the reintroduction of the wolf into yellowstone park in America. This is a cool story about how ecosystems are full of interconnected relationships! In your OneNote homework tab there is a page called Wk 6 Response to Wolf/River video. On this page write a short (less than 100 words) response to this question - Why is it important to fully understand the relationships within an ecosystem?

Notes on Abiotic and Biotic Relationships Download these, read them, save them on your computer, and insert into your Notes tab on a page called Ecosystems - Abiotic and Biotic Factors.

Table of Biotic relationships* - download, complete (using notes above) in your OneNote. It is in your homework tab, on a page called "Wk 6 Table of Biotic relationships".

Review of Food Chains and Food Webs - this is a copied and edited doc, and some parts are images of text, not actual text. Complete this in your OneNote(easiest option). It in in your homework tab, in a page called "Wk 6 Review of Food Chains and Fodd Webs".

Summary of week 6 - you should have a good understanding of the biotic relationships within an Ecosystem, and be up to date with food chains and food webs (all the terms and language). You will have completed 1 lesson in the stileapp, watched one video, and completed three pages in the OneNote.

The resources below are not compulsory activities for this week, but I would normally use several of them in face to face teaching. Students, you do not have to complete these activities.

Overview - Biotic relationships flowchart - Great Summary of Relationships. Complete this worksheet. Has instructions on it. This is already in your OneNote, in your homework tab, as a Wk 5 doc - but you will find it easier to download and complete as a word doc and then insert your answers into the OneNote.

Multiple choice QUIZ - Take the Quiz and then a screen shot of your score. Place the screen shot into the OneNote, homework tab, in a page called "Wk 5 Quiz score".

#Group work / collaborative learning - Teacher to lead a discussion of the idea of ecosystems, "we hear it all the time, so we all have some idea". Groups to brainstorm what are the most improtant elements in an ecosystem, rank 1 to 5, groups put answers on the board. Teacher lead class discussion of key elements.

Strucure within an ecosystem* - a couple of diagrams showing the organisational heirarchy of ecosystems - I'll use the dopey looking one of the left, its kinda cool.

A guide to being Green around your home - Some good, simple ideas about how we can all help. The link came from the Girl Scout Troop 1534 in New Jersey - so a big shout of thanks to the girls!!

Biotic influences on Ecosystems- Great foor notes - read the third and fourth pages on Abiotic Factors.

Deer Predation.docx - Graphing exercise and questions

Extension Activity - Optional: need to be a true independant learner for this one

Activity in estimating plant populations* - Good activity. Individual activity, but students can help each other as long as they chose different quadrants. two data sheets, common question sheet. Idea borrowed from a canadian document

Questions about Population variation - Data interpretation. A little harder, about seasonal variation. Good homework activity.

Information about Indigenous Land Management practice - a creative spirits site, some advertising, scroll down to main heading. Discusses Indigenous land management practice and the impact on the Aust landscape and its communities and populations

Food Web on the river Torrens - Complete this worksheet on food webs. WARNING - this is a big task and will take some time, so settle in, or plan several short sessions. This worksheet is on the OneNote (Wk 6 doc) and you can complete it there... but you are better off downloading the file and doing this in microsoft word. Then insert into the OneNote on the right page

Trophic Levels and Energy Flow in an Ecosystem If you cannot access YouTube, then play the video within this website by clciking here. By MooMoo Maths and Science - quite simple and direct. You need to watch and make some notes for this video in the OneNote. You can work in word and insert into the OneNote page (Wk 6) or type directly into the Onenote page.

Energy in an ecosystem Worksheet - Complete these simple (huh?) terminology and maths questions. Will need a calculator or a brain. The original doc came from here. There is a copy of this doc in the OneNote as a "wk 6" doc.

Week 7 (3 lessons)

This week we have 3 stile activities, and each is not so long. There is also a video to watch and answer some questions from, some notes to make from a website, and a quiz to complete.

STILEAPP Login page - I would start with the stileapp lessons this week. Complete lessons 2.5, 2.6, and 3.1 in the Ecosystem topic. These are not huge lessons.

Using a simple model for population growth - A video explaining a nice simple model for rabit population growth (7+ mins). watch this and answer the Qs in the worksheet below. By the Khan academy. Introduces a simple mathematical model.

Questions for the video above - Answer these questions while you watch the video. This is already in your OneNote, or you can answer the Qs in your notebook.

Developing a model for biomass a complex aquatic ecosystem. Optional read.Biomass is taditionally taught using a pyramid model, and this is suitable for a vast array of ecosystems. However some ecosystem have unusual patterns of biomass, and this article looks a the reasons why, by suggesting changes to the way biomass is modeled (using maths). A very complex explanation, but you can get the ideas, without understanding the detail (maths). Great article, but well above a high school level.

Explaining Population changes in ecosystems - A great source of notes. Read the parts about density dependent and density independent factors. By the Khan academy.

Qs to make notes form the site above - A series of questions for you to make your notes. Use the site referenced above to answer the Qs on this sheet - easy as! These notes can be done in your notebook or go into the OneNote. There is already a page for them with a Wk 7 title (the questions are also on this page in the OneNote.

Notes on Population Ecology - from the BIO-NINGA site (see url at top), a nice brief summary. This has similar info to the Khan academy, but is more summarised, and does not include much explanation.

Quiz on Energy flow in Ecosystems - Do the quiz and take a snapshot of your score, paste into the OneNote (Wk 7 page is already there).

Mission to Mars Ecology Game - great game! THis is actually a lot of work. Get to mars by ensuring your spaceship has healthy ecosystems. When you get to mars... take a snapshot of your score and paste it into the OneNote (Wk 7 page is already there). BIOMAN resource

Ecology Assignment - Options A and B (Week 8 and 9; 6 lessons)

Ecology Assignment Option A - This optuion is simpler and easier to complete, but just as much work. Maximum mark for this option is a B+.

Ecology Assignment Option B - This option is more complex and requires more thinking. Maximum mark for this option is a A+.

Assignment links and support

Exemplar Option B - This exemplar is about Red Fox predation of native species. Is annotated. No reference list as I got a little lazy - that would certainly lose me marks.

Assignment links - PowerPoint Skills

The basics of building a PowerPoint Presentation

Some slide themes... for free.

Basics of Recording Voice-over in PowerPoint - nice and simple but misses a few details

Details of Recording Voice-over in PowerPoint - all you need to know.

Week 8 (3 lessons)

Week 8 has not yet been completly organised yet

The resources below covers tolerance curves, which are ecological models, but not directly matched to this SC. However tolerance curves are very important in the A level of the assignment

Biotic and abiotic influences on Ecosystems*- for notes on tolerance curves. Read the first 2 pages on Abiotic Factors, especially in reference to the Tolerance curve graph. I will talk about this graph in class. A little complicated, but a very useful way to explain the success of an introduced species

Tolerance Curve (Text) - Khan academy

Tolerance Curves (Prezi)* some good explanation of the graph. Try interpreting the graph shown on the last slide (open ended question)

Graphing Tolerance curves - activity sheet, graphing a tolerance curve from population data

Ecosytem Dynamics PPt* - 2nd and the last slide cover energy and energy flow, good for notes. Rest of good stuff (including food webs) but not directly about energy in encosystems.

SC 15: I can investigate how ecosystems change as a result of events such as bushfires, droughts and floods

Basically some notes here on the immediate changes due to natural disasters and then contrast with adaptations of species who have adapted to continual cycle of natural disasters

The impact of fire mosaics used by Indigenous Australians - a brief article from CSIRO which did some research into the impact of the bushfire techniques used by Indigenous australians. Evidence which supports the current theory that controlled fires increase biodiversity. Would make a good reading comprehension exercise.

Fire as a landscape management technique- a creative spirits site, some advertising, and a little messy, scroll down to main heading. Discusses Indigenous use of fire as land management technique and explains how it shapes ecosystems. Info only no questions. Lead a class discussion as to how much of australia's landscape would have been shaped by to indigenous fire management. This also fits into SC 17

SC 16: I can investigate how models can be used to predict changes in population due to environmental changes

Buiding a fish to suit particular ecosystems - nice interactive way to look at adaptations

SC 17: I can describe the impacts of human activity on an ecosystem from a range of different perspectives

Indigenous Bush medicine - Aust geog site. Lists ten bush medicines and their applications


Common Ecological terms Worksheet - words and definitions - match them up

Australia's Bio-Regions (Aust gov site)

Pearson Bio-Region Interactive (Pearon publisher's site)

Difficult Food Web Activity - What score did you get?

Adaptations of Kangaroos worksheet - a nice transition to the beginning of the ecosystems part of the unit.

Unit 3: Energy - Electricity, Sound, and Light

Students gain an understanding into some of the common forms of Energy.

Goals and Success Criteria - Learning Goals and Success Criteria for this term

Term planner Student Term Planner

Assessment: Experimental investigation (circuits and resistance)and in-class Test (Heat, Light , Sound)

Experimental Investigation - Not available yet, released later in term

1. Thermal Energy and Heat

LG1: Understand the different forms of heat energy and how it transfers from object to object.

Heat - Conduction, convection, Radiation by wiseguy BISJ

Notes and Qs - Heat Transfer Booklet* Information and worksheets of Heat Transfer(s). Answers are here

STILEAPP Login page* New topic on HEAT. Complete the only lesson available to you (most of our work will be done from the booklet above).

Methods of Heat Transfer Clickview video - may have to login

EEI Heat insulation* - An in class experiment, structured to learn how to write an EEI. Not for assessment

Land and Sea Breezes - animating geography, gets the idea across, but does not really emphasis the contribution of radiation, convection, and conduction.

2. Light

LG 2: Understand light as a form of energy and how it reflects, refracts, focuses and transmits.

I will make some notes on the board for this topic. I have not found a resource which covers the theory in a way I am happy with. Old school style.

Basic Wave Theory (light, water, sound) - by "Pass my exams'. A little hard to navigate (you want the left hand yellow menu list), but good basic theory for this topic (and sound)

STILE EDUCATION* - There is a new topic available - Light. Complete the first two lessons - lesson 1.1 and lesson 1.2

Light as a wave powerpoint* - Use with the student worksheet to make some general notes on light.

Light as a Wave STUDENT WORKSHEET* - Use with ppt to make notes, cut and paste the diagrams into your notes

Electromagnetic Radiation Short but comphrehensive intro to light and EMR for year nine students

How do we percieve colour? Rose coloured glasses - interactive by CK-12. Login with google or microsoft button, not login screen. Turn on all the options. has a great tutorial video which explains a lot about colour.

Understanding colour* - Orb education WORKSHEET available as free download from

3. Sound

LG 3: Understand how sound is transmitted and used to communicate and entertain.

What is sound? 4 min lecture pres by Michel van Biezen

Sound waves - simple animation of sound waves + information

The Sound Lab - follow the instructions and learn about sound

STILE EDUCATION - Sound - Online self paced activities - I have edited somewhat. The link is to their invite page. The code to access is eqhv5w - valid till 6 August. you could just go to Stile ducation and login if you know your password

Pictures and questions - to go with classroom notes

Revision for mid-unit test

Study notes for Thermal Energy and Heat - a scaffold for making your own study notes. Download, save as, and do online. Print out to study with.

Study notes for Light - a scaffold for making your own study notes. Download, save as, and do online. Print out to study with.

4. Electricity

LG: Understand electricity as a form of energy (static and moving charges).

Circuit Symbols

Learning Circuits - a click and go on process. Starts with very simple ideas

Simple circuit activity introduces series circuits

Unit 4: Body Systems

Students gain a knowledge and understanding of some of the basic interactions of common body systems.

Assessment: Examination

Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Student Term Planner

Learning goal 1: Students will understand that the systems of the human body work together to provide nutrients to our cells and remove wastes

*Good source of notes for this LG - heavily edited chapter of a text book. Link is here

Another good source of notes for this LG - this text appears all over the net. Easier to read and summarise

*intro to homeostasis and the role of the body systems 11 min video by Crash course. Always fast but very good.

Body systems 18 min video by Kids Konnect. Goes thru 11 systems with a series of facts. Not always perfectly accurate, but very broad coverage. Can you have too many facts?

*Body Systems worksheet - practice knowing the main organs and function of the body systems

Categorising the Body System - We will use this sheet in class as a group discussion and thinking activity. It just makes student think a little more about the key role of each system.

*Homework Sheet 1 - a homework sheet which measures you knowledge of each of the Success Criteria in the 1st Learning Goal

Learning goal 2: Students will understand that the Digestive System breaks food down to nutrients that are able to pass into the blood and removes wastes.

Food and Digestion Booklet (6 pages) - good basic notes and questions, edited to suit this course, could be completed as a self learning booklet

Answers to the booklet above - This booklet is the original pdf from the web. The word doc booklet above is a very heavily edited version, so appears different - but answers will be in this pdf, they may be hard to find though

Digestion 11 min video by Crash course. Covers the basics and is interesting. Part 1 of a 3 part series, but this is the only one you need for our course.

Digestion PowerPoint - sourced from foodfactoflife A nice simple linear sequence of ideas. Lots of info here and far more detailed than this course requires, but does cover the SC.

Digestion Game - little bit of fun, not a lot of knowledge, but I was unable to complete it on several attempts, so I liked it.

*Experiment - Energy in Food Experiment in burning food using a calorimeter (can use a simple test tube arrangement). This is the Exo I will go with (limited time), but a couple more are suggested below.

Starch and Glucose Experiment An oldie of an experiment, but a goodie. May need to add instructions for using Benedict's solution.

Antacid Experiment - a nice simple experiment investigating the efficacy of antacids. Not particularly realistic for several reasons but very appropriate for middle school science

Experiment on Enzymes in Washing Powders - A great experiment if you have the resources. I will do this as an exercise in dealing with data and working on mean and standard deviation (practice for senior). Note - apparently the enzymes in washing powder thing is over, so this prac does no really work, shame, was excellent.

Homework Sheet 2 - a homework sheet which measures you knowledge of each of the Success Criteria in the 2nd Learning Goal

Learning goal 3: Students will understand the Circulatory System uses blood vessels to transport nutrients to cells of the body and to remove wastes.

Circulatory system Study notes - Good notes. From a CK12 online textbook (great organisation). The textbook and study notes (resources tab) are here. 13.27 to 13.31 cover our course.

Circulatory worksheet - pretty easy

Video about heart - an older video but very clear and excellent for learning. There are some discussion qs just below video which you could use to check understanding.

A short HEART video 3+ min video by the Mayo Clinic. Good, sort of basic, but still excellent coverage of ideas.

Interactive of heart beating - Launch page of "a map of the human heart". Launch from here and set the heart beat (class average?). Use the step through and the discussion qs (below interactive).

Heart worksheet - simplified diagram of the heart to label and a flowchart

Matching Terms and Meaning game - use at the end as a review

Homework Sheet 3 - a homework sheet which measures you knowledge of each of the Success Criteria in the 3rd Learning Goal

Learning goal 4: Students will understand the Respiratory System brings oxygen into the body and removes carbon dioxide.

Respiratory system Study notes - Good notes. From a CK12 online textbook (great organisation). I have edited them a little. The textbook and study notes are here. Study notes are in the resources tab.

worksheet - to go with the study notes above

Respiratory system 3 min video by Fuse school. Covers the basics and is simple, good for our course.

How breathing works 4 min video by Operation Ouch. You will have seen these twins on TV, this is more interesting than information about the system.

Respiration PowerPoint - quite good, a tiny bit more detail than we need but a good clean source of information.

Oxygen Exchange - a reading comprehension exercise.

Respiration notes - a nice simple clean source of information

Cloze exercise - obviously on the respiratory system.

Homework Sheet 4 - a homework sheet which measures your knowledge of each of the Success Criteria in the 4th Learning Goal

Scientific Inquiry Practice

Practice Questions - 15 pages of Scientific Inquiry practice. This is a heavily edited (was well over 54 pages) version of some NSW HSC questions and some Qs from an OHIO Uni test. Not perfect, but something.

Learning goal 5: Students will understand the Excretory System removes waste from the body and includes the Urinary System that filters waste from the blood.

Excretory system Study notes - Good notes. From a CK12 online textbook (great organisation).

Kidneys and Homeostasis 12 min video by Crash course. I like it.

Water balance and homeostasis PowerPoint - not really part of our course, but interesting. Not sure of the author, listed and J and C in details, and can't give credit.

Homework Sheet 5 - a homework sheet which measures you knowledge of each of the Success Criteria in the 5th Learning Goal

Learning goal 6: Students will understand that the coordination of all body systems is carried out by the Nervous and Endocrine systems.

Nervous System study notes - Good notes, but more detailed than we need. From a CK12 online textbook (great organisation). I have edited them. The textbook and study notes are here - sections 16 to 19 relate to our course. Study notes are in the resources tab.

Nervous system Simple - by make me genious. 4.5 mins. Nice simple approach, focusses on the basics. Good for overall picture.

Nervous system detailed - by Crash Course. 10.5 mins. More detail than we need, but love the way he covers the main points.

Nervous system quiz - 10 questions, MC.

Endocrine system - edited notes from CK-12. Some questions at the end. Original link is in the header (double click it to access) - has a video

Endocrine System. A GCSE video - Keeps it simple enough for this course without being too simple.

Learning goal 7: Students will understand the Immune System protects the body from pathogens and their toxins

Revision Sheet 1

Revision Sheet 2 I have taken off the immune system and added a couple of Qs.

Answers - Revision sheet 1. You should use this to check your answers, not as a cheat sheet, but up to you.

Answers - Revision sheet 2. You should use this to check your answers, not as a cheat sheet, but up to you.

Learning goal 8: Students will understand that certain types of Ionising radiation can pose a health risk as well as save lives

Extras - not classified

Why are you multicellular - not overly burdened with science, but a nice arguement for the advantages of being multicellular

Theory for this section - This is a small section from a Nelson Textbook. Appears at various sites so maybe not copyright protected

Short answer and mix and match worksheet on the basic body systems - By gomum. Not a bad place to start as a review of body systems

Body Sysytems and Organs - an introduction to the 11 main body systems. You have to first identify the systems and then the organs. Bit of educated guesswork or group work needed.

The 11 main body systems - Brief overview of the 11 main body systems. A useful cheat sheet for the task above

Body system match with diagram - try to match the name of the system with a picture. Time is of the essence. Click the home button and try the jigsaws. They are very cool, but hard initially

Right click, "open in new tab", to see detail of this map.

Six story shake table - largest shake table in the world testing a six story apartment block specially built using a structural steel frame.

Cetorhinus maximus by greg skomal

By Greg Skomal / NOAA Fisheries Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Macaca nigra self-portrait (rotated and cropped)
Red-eared sliders and Mallard in Golden Gate Park 1

By Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Javascript sourced from pHET colorado. Great script which allow you to become familiar with all the electrical circuits and measurements

Gary Turner Science
QLD Alan Druery Excellence in Teaching Award (QCT)
QLD Secondary Teacher of the year Award (AISTL)
QLD Centenary of Federation Teaching Award (RACI)
Peter Doherty Excellence in Science Teaching Award
Prime Minister Commendation for Science Education Award