Non-Newtonian fluids

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1502-non-newtonian-fluids
Many people have heard of Sir Isaac Newton. He is famous for developing many scientific ...

Solids, liquids and gases

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/607-solids-liquids-and-gases
Water is the only common substance that is naturally found as a solid, liquid or gas. Solids ...

States of matter

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1499-states-of-matter
Anything that has mass is made up of matter – an all-encompassing word for atoms and molecules ...

Melting and freezing

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/608-melting-and-freezing
Water can exist as a solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (vapour or gas). Adding heat can cause ...

Classifying and identifying ferns

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1104-classifying-and-identifying-ferns
Scientists currently consider that New Zealand has approximately 230 species of fern in about ...

What is a fern?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1103-what-is-a-fern
There are ferns in most New Zealanders’ backyards and local environments. Ferns are green ...

Describing the nature of science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/412-describing-the-nature-of-science
When trying to describe the nature of science, it can be useful to think of science as a ...

Light and telescopes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1625-light-and-telescopes
The universe is full of amazing things, but we need help to see most of them. There are many ...

Reasons for teaching the nature of science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/411-reasons-for-teaching-the-nature-of-science
Why teach the nature of science? The short answer is that the curriculum requires it and ...

Observation and the mystery box

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/430-observation-and-the-mystery-box
In this activity, students determine the contents of a ‘mystery’ box by making observations but ...

Myths of the nature of science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/415-myths-of-the-nature-of-science
People have ideas about science based on personal experiences, previous education, popular ...

Viscosity

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1500-viscosity
If you poured some water down a slope, it would flow freely and quickly, but what about if you ...

Tenets of the nature of science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/413-tenets-of-the-nature-of-science
Sometimes we assume that students will learn about the nature of science just by doing ...

Build a marine food web

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1525-build-a-marine-food-web
In this activity, students build their own food web using images of organisms from the marine ...

Distances in space

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1624-distances-in-space
Distances in space are really, really big. The Voyager 1 spacecraft is heading out of our Solar ...

Butterfly defence mechanisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms
Butterflies are the exhibitionists of the insect world. For many invertebrates, camouflage is ...

What is a plant?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1102-what-is-a-plant
What do you think of when asked to visualise a plant? Is it the feed crop growing in the ...

Nature of science – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/410-nature-of-science-introduction
The nature of science is the overarching and unifying strand in the New Zealand science ...

Observing bubbles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/609-observing-bubbles
The next time you use a straw to blow bubbles into your juice or use a bubble wand to make soap ...

What is in soil?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/890-what-is-in-soil
What’s in soil? When you pick up a handful of soil, what do you see? All soil is made up of ...

The extra piece

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/431-the-extra-piece
In this activity, students assemble a tangram as a square and then reassemble the tangram ...

Sir Isaac Newton

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1511-sir-isaac-newton
Born in England in 1643, Sir Isaac Newton could easily have ended up as a farmer instead of ...

Bioplastics

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1474-bioplastics
Bioplastics are plastic materials that are either biodegradable or derived from renewable ...

Nanometres and nanoscale

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1651-nanometres-and-nanoscale
A nanometre is a billionth of a metre. Nanoscale can refer to things less than 100 nanometres ...
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