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Humanities and social sciences / Year 4 / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI073)

Elaborations
  • asking questions before, during and after an investigation using tools such as a KWL chart (what they know, what they want to know and what they have learned) and five W’s + H (who, what, when, where, how and why)
  • developing ‘How do we know?’ questions for evidence, ‘What could be done?’ questions about alternatives, and ‘Is that right or fair?’ questions about decisions past and present
  • generating a range of questions (for example, evaluation questions, reflecting questions) about contemporary issues reported in the media
  • discussing how an investigation about the past (for example, a shipwreck explored through a museum display, video or interactive website) is guided by questions at different stages, including ‘Why is that important now?’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Research questions,  Human settlements,  Geographic location,  Citizenship

Assessment

Year 4 history assessment - First contacts: A First Fleet story

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 4 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do in relation to the topic 'First Contacts'. Students use historical sources to research the life of an ...

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Race of the navigators

Discover why two explorers during the early 1800s raced each other to the other side of the world. This clip explains why explorers Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders raced across the world to investigate 'New Holland', now known as Australia.

Online

First Fleet

This unit of work focuses on one area of the year 4 History curriculum, the journey of the First Fleet. It provides context, resources and a narrative of the period leading up to the departure of the First Fleet, information about the British criminal justice system, and accounts of the journey and the experiences of the ...

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Density

In this lesson, you will learn about a property of matter called density. Diana will conduct experiments to answer the question: “Why do things sink and float?” She’ll teach you how to calculate the density of objects, and she will then set you a density-experiment challenge to try at home!

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Burringurrah: the boy who ran from initiation

Charlie Snowball tells the story of Burringurrah, a landform named after a boy who ran away from tribal initiation. Also known as Mount Augustus, Burringurrah in Western Australia is often claimed to be the world’s largest rock. What other significant rock features is Australia known for?

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Kokoda campaign, 1942

Have you ever heard of the Kokoda Trail? This was the site of one of Australia's most famous campaigns in World War II, one that helped to define the national character. From July to November 1942, this rugged jungle trail saw some of the most fiercely contested battles for territory between the Australians and the Japanese. ...

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Arctic ice melting

What do you think might be causing the big sea ice melt in the Arctic? Is it a natural phenomenon or is something else occurring? Watch this short clip to find out what scientists think is happening to the ice in the Arctic.

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Eora: mapping Aboriginal Sydney, 1770-1850

Why are artworks viewed as important sources of historical information? In this clip, you will see a range of artworks created about and by the Eora people, the original inhabitants of Port Jackson (site of today's Sydney Harbour). These artworks were part of a State Library of NSW exhibition in 2006, which was designed ...

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Charles Perkins fights for racial equality

Why is Charles Perkins remembered as a significant leader in the struggle for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? In this clip, he looks back on two campaigns that brought him to public attention in the 1960s and were part of a wider struggle to end racial discrimination in Australia. This clip ...

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Protecting treasures of the Flinders

The rocks of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia are home to living and non-living treasures. Watch this clip to see a few of them: fossil remains of ancient corals, the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby and the wedge-tailed eagle. Find out some benefits of protecting the Flinders Ranges.

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Highway or floodway?

In the city of Rockhampton the floodwaters are on their way - again. Many locals appear to be convinced that floods are becoming more frequent. This clip from January 2013 weighs up the economic impact of continued flooding against the cost of taking action to 'flood-proof' central Queensland's Rockhampton once and for all.

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Woolgoolga's Sikh temple attacked by vandals

In 1968, the Sikh temple in Woolgoolga suffered two acts of vandalism. In this clip, a reporter tries to discover why this happened. He considers the different views that existed among members of the community about the incidents. This clip is one in a series of six.

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Food for thought

Food security, or sufficient access to safe and nutritious food, is of rising global concern. Watch this animated clip to discover the main problems facing food security, and to see some suggestions for solutions that might incorporate strategies like waste management practices and emerging technologies.

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Getting to know the locals

Hear a passage from Lieutenant James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal read aloud. In this entry for 10 July 1770, Cook describes a meeting with several local Guugu Yimithirr men who were fishing nearby. The British crew had set up camp in the area that is now Cooktown, on Cape York's east coast. This audio clip is the second ...

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Impacts of a cyclone: days or decades?

Cyclone Namu struck the nation of Solomon Islands in 1986. In this news report from the scene, see the immediate devastation it caused and hear about the then expected long-term impacts on the already troubled Solomons economy. As you watch, you might wonder how much has changed since then. Are Solomon Islanders just as ...

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An inland nursery for Australian birds

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A peak into Australia's alpine region

The Australian Alps are a landscape of mountain ranges and peaks, low foothills and forested valleys. It is the place that inspired the poem 'The Man from Snowy River'. Watch this clip to find out more about the Australian Alps and the animals that inhabit this area.

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East Timor in the grip of drought

The El Nino climatic cycle affects near neighbours East Timor (Timor Leste) and Australia. East Timorese farmers are as familiar with drought as their Australian counterparts but serious economic and social challenges heighten its impact. Watch this 2002 clip to see how the effects of drought are felt throughout East Timor.

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Lake Eyre bursts into life

Watch and be amazed at how Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is transformed from a dry salt pan to a vast lake bursting with life. Find out what attracts thousands of pelicans to this region from thousands of kilometres away.

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Lt William Dawes refuses to kill

Imagine how you would react if you were a soldier ordered to commit an atrocity. Would you obey your orders or, risking severe punishment, obey your conscience? In this re-enactment discover how three senior officers dealt with such an issue in 1790 when Governor Arthur Phillip ordered the killing of Aboriginal men as a ...