Humanities and social sciences / Year 3 / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI052)

Elaborations
  • posing relevant questions when investigating the contribution individuals and groups have made to the development of the local community (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?)
  • developing inquiring questions as they investigate (for example, ‘Why there?’ questions about location; ‘What might happen?’ questions about future consequences of natural processes or people’s actions in places; and ‘What ought to happen?’ questions or other questions about ethical behaviour, sustainability and preferred futures)
  • asking key questions when investigating a topic (for example, questions such as How did people settle?, Who were they?, Why did they come to the area? when researching the establishment of a local community) and probing questions during an investigation (for example, ‘Why is that so?’, ‘What else do we need to know?’)
  • posing evaluation questions (for example, ‘Is the process fair?’, ‘Could the process have been managed better?’)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Research questions

Teacher resource

Citizenship: Let's talk recognition

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Celebrations and Commemorations

This teaching and learning sequence has a focus on Australian celebrations and commemorations to coincide with the actual dates of the various significant celebrations and commemorations in Australia, culminating in a student-led inquiry on global celebrations.

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Thermal comfort (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focused on thermal comfort using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and ...

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Happy name-day, Greek style, in1988

Many people celebrate their birthday each year. For people from some countries, their name-day is also a very important celebration. This clip from 1988 shows people from Greece celebrating a name day with traditional music, dancing and special foods.

Teacher resource

Who was Quong Tart?

In this sequence of two activities, students learn about Quong Tart's contribution to Australian life by examining photographs and responding to questions. Based on Quong Tart's tea house, students redesign their classroom to create their own tea house experience.

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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The Stolen Generations

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Forgotten heroes

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 29-page PDF about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who joined the Australian Armed Services during times of war. The education pack is introduced by background notes, and is organised in three main sections: Early Years; Primary Years; and Middle Years. Each section ...

Teacher resource

Teaching history

This resource provides comprehensive information on good teaching practice in History education. It is suitable for pre-service teachers or experienced educators new to the discipline of History. It introduces the structure and requirements of the Australian History curriculum and includes film clip interviews with leaders ...

Teacher resource

55 000 years and counting: celebrating our shared history

This resource is a sequenced series of teaching/learning activities about the Aboriginal history of Australia before British colonisation and the shared Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history after colonisation. Intended for teachers, the 21-page pdf focuses mainly on South Australia, is introduced by background notes, and ...

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Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

How do people celebrate Christmas now? This clip shows some of the ways Christmas was celebrated in 1983. People sent cards, gave presents and sang carols. Have things changed?

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Lives and stories of colonial women

These are the stories of five different Colonial women, Trukanini, Theresa Sutcliffe Mort, Mary Windeyer, Caroline Chisholm and Lola Montez. Hear their stories and look at their portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub: Australian disasters

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The going down of the sun

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Interactive Resource

Old Government House Parramatta virtual tour

This resource is about exploring Governor Macquarie’s preferred residence while learning more about the early colony through this virtual tour of Old Government House at Parramatta.

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Sydney Doll Hospital

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Difficult memories: reflecting on war

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Teacher resource

Billy Blue

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Festive feasts: foods for Christmas in 1983

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Rosh Hashanah: what does it mean?

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