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“Iris and Dog Star”, School Journal, level 3, May 2019

01 May 2019

First two pages of Iris' story in the journal

This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. Iris writes about some of the equipment on the yacht to ensure that they have a safe journey.

You can find the story and teacher support material here: 

“Iris and Dog Star” School Journal, level 3, May 2019

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Discussion questions

  • Identify the technological outcomes (products and systems) within the boat described by Iris.
  • Explore the yacht and its parts – they are also technological outcomes.
  • Explain how these technological outcomes are different to the natural objects that Iris has identified in her diary.
  • Technological outcomes are defined as fully realised products and systems, created by people for an identified purpose through technological practice. Guide students to see how technological outcomes can be distinguished from other outcomes of human activity such as art works, language, knowledge, social structures, and organisational systems.
  • Choose one of the technological outcomes above and describe relationships between the physical (what it looks like) and functional attributes (what it does).

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes
  • describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people
  • identify a technological product and describe relationships between the physical and functional attributes
  • identify a technological system and describe relationships between the physical and functional attributes

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