Teaching resources


GTAC offers a range of teaching resources to assist with teaching the life sciences. Access to some of these resources requires teachers to have registered on our website. Registration is free, grants you access to our VCE Biology SAC tasks and also adds you to our mailing list so that you can receive alerts about programs and resources. Click here to register now.

Online learning modules

In line with the growing use of electronic devices by students, we have developed a range of online learning modules, designed to support students and teachers. Click here to find out more.

Scientific poster templates

GTAC designed scientific poster templates for student investigations. Click here for more information on this resource.

Resources for teaching VCE Biology Units 3 & 4

Resources developed by GTAC to complement the key knowledge points and key science skills for Units 3 & 4 in the new 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Resources are intended to be added throughout 2017. Click here to view the available resources.

Resources for teaching VCE Biology Unit 1

Resources developed by GTAC to complement the key knowledge points and key science skills for Unit 1 in the new 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Click here to view the available resources.

Resources for teaching VCE Biology Unit 2

Resources developed by GTAC to complement the key knowledge points and key science skills for Unit 2 in the new 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Click here to view the available resources.

Practicals for VCE Biology Unit 1

Practicals developed and compiled by GTAC to complement Units 1 and 2 in the 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Click here to view the available practicals.

Bioinformatics tasks (Year 10 - VCE)

GTAC has prepared a series of tasks for the classroom that allow students to employ bioinformatics tools and databases to solve life sciences problems. Click here to view available tasks.

Cells online (Middle and Senior years)

A collection of specially prepared worksheets that explore cell structure and function and microscopy techniques. Click here to access the worksheets.

Hunting for microbes (Year 5 - 6)

An activity designed for Year 5 and 6 students that allows them to collect microbes found in five different environments. They analyse what shape they are, if they move, what conditions they like and much more. Note - students can access this resource at Students > Learning Resources.  Click here to access Hunting for Microbes.

Animal adaptations (Middle years)

A series of work units designed by GTAC, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and ReMSTEP which invite students to investigate how science and mathematics can explain some of the amazing aspects of life as a bee. Click here to access these resources.

Mixed signals - Psychoactive molecules from plants (Middle years)

A student workshop that explores the impact of certain molecules from plants on our nerve cells and their ability to change behaviours or perception. Involving the use of an interactive PowerPoint, students investigate how these molecules affect our neurotransmitters and then examine brain scans to see how prolonged use of these molecules can affect brain function and wellbeing. Note this resource requires students to have access to this website and can only be run on desktop computers. Click here to access resources for this workshop.

Gene issues (Year 9 - VCE)

These resource provide teachers with a series of hypothetical scenarios that explore four basic principles of medical ethics with their students. They are relevant to school assessed coursework in Unit 4 VCE Biology and can be modified as an interdisciplinary learning task in AusVELS. Click here to access the gene issues resources.

WEHI.TV

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) has created 3D animations of many processes covered in Life Science education. These are freely available online on the WEHI website and you can click here to view them.

Presentations from guest speakers at GTAC special events

Many of our guest speakers for our special event days have provided their presentations for you to view so that you can discover some of the contemporary stories emerging out of the life sciences. Click here to view the presentations available. 

ASTA-logo-publishAustralian Science Teachers Association (ASTA)

ASTA provide a number of resources for science teachers. Many are written by experienced teachers and they are designed for years F - 10. The Science Web Australia site provides units of work that are tied to the Australian curriculum. The ASSIST site is an extensive resource library that also provides support for technicians. Click here to visit the ASTA site.