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"Tons of tomatoes", School Journal, level 2, November 2014

18 November 2014

The grower and his tomatoes

Johnny’s Uncle Reupena explains how the hydroponic system works and the important components of the system including the coconut fibre, the working water, the strings, and the bumblebees.

You can find a PDF version of this article, the teacher support materials, and the audio files on Literacy Online: "Tons of tomatoes".

Other useful resources

Silverstream (South Primary) School had a major focus on the technological systems component. There are three case studies about their work:

Discussion starters

  • Technological systems: Use this and other examples to identify the components of a technological system and how they are connected. Identify the input/s and output/s of particular 
technological systems and that a system transforms an input to an output. (level 1)
  • Technological systems: Use this and other examples to describe the change that has occurred to the input to produce the output in simple technological systems
 and identify the role each component has in allowing the inputs to be transformed into outputs within simple technological systems. (level 2)
  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people. (level 2)

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