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Curriculum content descriptions

Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE013)

Elaborations
  • recognising that observation is an important part of exploring and investigating the things and places around us
  • sharing observations with others and communicating their experiences
  • exploring and observing using the senses: hearing, smell, touch, sight and taste
ScOT terms

Observations (Data),  Perception

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Primary Connections: On the move

This comprehensive teacher resource explores push and pull forces used to move objects, in ways such as sliding, bouncing and spinning, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations are conducted to observe and gather evidence about rolling objects and explore the idea of fair testing. ...

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Little science

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos, animations and an interactive designed for early-primary science. A teacher guide provides suggested classroom activities and questions framed around the Australian Curriculum. Teacher support videos include an early-primary teacher reflecting ...

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Primary Connections: Staying alive

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the basic needs of animals and how their senses help them to survive. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an ...

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Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

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Primary Connections: Weather in my world

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the effect of the air, Sun and wind on weather through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Observational skills and appropriate language to describe the characteristics of weather are covered, as well as how weather affects our daily lives. Seven structured ...

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Primary Connections: That’s my hat!

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the properties of everyday materials. Students explore the effect of changing the type of materials used on the observable properties of an object, such as changing the materials used for the brim of a hat to make the hat more or less sun safe. They investigate the effect of ...

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Weather: what is weather? - activity

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) student worksheet about weather. The worksheet includes an aim, an introduction explaining what weather is and a series of questions about weather for students to respond to using pictures and words. Some of the questions are about what sort of clothes the students would wear and games ...

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Needs of living things

This unit of work engages students in first-hand, inquiry based experiences to understand that all living things have needs which must be met if they are to survive. Using their sensory observations of caring for pet/s and growing seeds, students will consider the consequences of needs not being met. Students analyse their ...

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Planting fruit and vegetables

In this sequence of lessons students grow a plant from seed, capturing each step and decision as an algorithmic process and recording data for future learning.

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Weather - activity

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page containing a lesson plan on weather. The resource clearly sets out lesson objectives and provides a list of questions with sample answers. The resources and actions section of the lesson plan has a link to a student worksheet for the teacher to print out.

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Predicting weather

Students are given the role of being weather detectives and encouraged to think about different weather types. A number of tasks and activities enable students to explore and observe what information is used and how this information is obtained to predict what the weather is going to be.

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Library Pack: Be Active

This is a teacher guide that uses three picture storybooks to look at healthy lifestyles and exercise. It includes: an introduction and three specific reading activities that involve reading a picture story book and completing follow up learning activities or experiments. The titles of the books and age groups they are ...

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How do you know when rain is coming?

How can you tell when rain is on the way? Some animals seem to know when wet weather is coming. This clip explains some different ways that people can tell it's going to rain.

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Library Pack: Space Explorers

This is a teacher guide that uses two picture storybooks to look at humankind’s exploration of our solar system. It includes: an introduction and three specific reading activities that involve reading a picture story book and completing follow up learning activities or experiments. The titles of the books and age groups ...

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Wet weather in cold and warm climates

Have you ever thought about how rainy weather feels in different places? This short clip talks about wet weather in a cold place and in a warm place. You will hear some children talking about how they feel when it's raining where they live.

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Jack and what grows the beanstalk

This sequence of six lessons introduces students to the concept of photosynthesis and the role it plays in food production. Based on real photosynthesis and sustainability research, the unit uses the 5E inquiry-based approach and includes easy to set and see science displays, word games, practical activities and maths learning ...

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Library Pack: Environment and nature

This is a teacher guide that uses three picture storybooks to look at local environments and nature. It includes: an introduction and three age specific reading activities that involve reading a picture story book and completing follow up learning activities or experiments. The title of the books and age groups they are ...

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Weather watch: Connected Learning Experience

In this Connected Learning Experience (CLE) , students investigate weather and how it affects them in the context of observing cloud formation, observing the effects of wind and describing changes in temperature.

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Primary Connections: Growing well

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the needs of living things, particularly the water, sunlight and nutrient needs of plants. Students observe and describe how conditions of the environment affect the features, behaviour and survival of plants and animals. They also identify that animals rely on external sources ...

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A poem about taste

Imagine what life would be like if you couldn't taste anything. This rhyming poem will help you think about the importance of our sense of taste.