Saturday, March 26, 2011

G-TEN Astronomy Session: Australian Curriculum resources

This year's G-TEN PD sessions kicked off at the Ballarat Observatory on March the 15th.

Bruce Schmidt, Neil Rampling and Chris Wines showed us some interesting and useful ideas to use in our classrooms.

The super moon that was referred to on the night (which was visible on the 16th of March) is explained in detail here: Super moon.

Neil mentioned a number of geology resources about rocks and identification and these can be found here and here.

A site that is filled with information on plate tectonics and earthquakes is linked here. This site has a wealth of information and has interactive activities, lesson plans and a glossary of terms (great for incorporating literacy into science!).

Chris showed us some interesting resources to do with the orbit of the earth and seasons (Please keep in mind that these are Northern Hemisphere resources and need to be adjusted to suit the Southern Hemisphere.)

Chris also discussed how we can include indigenous science in this unit, including dreamtime stories that explain the path of the sun throughout the day. More on this can be found here: Embedding Indigenous Science.

Thanks to everyone involved in this session and don't forget to book the next session on the 24th of May.