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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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The beagle: a nose that always knows

Meet Junior, a beagle who sniffs out all sorts of things, especially treats. Listen as Josie tells us about life with her pet dog. People say that beagles have the most amazing sense of smell. Does Junior? Find out.

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What is a meteor?

Brianna and Professor Jonti Horner look up into the night sky to find out more about shooting stars. What is a shooting star made of and why do they fall from the sky?

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Why do we get hiccups?

Ever tried to stop hiccupping? It can be tricky to do! Brianna and Professor Emma Beckett chat about why we get the hiccups and if we can stop them.

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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.

Interactive

Environmental and Zoo Education Centres – primary school resources

A collection of digital resources for primary school teachers and students to support teaching and learning from home, with a particular focus on geography, science and history. The resources were developed by Department of Education teachers from 25 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres in NSW and include Google Sites, ...

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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.

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Chicken farming in the living world: Stage 1

Chickens are fascinating animals and provide students with an interesting subject matter to discuss the many aspects of our living world. This interactive course for students explores the question 'How do humans use plants and animals?' and comprises a series of modules and supporting videos. Students will plan, design ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Make it move: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, students explore ways objects move. They observe and compare the movements of various objects that they interact with when playing.

Interactive

Light and shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position ...

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Pushing and pulling

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use a single monkey to push a pelican or use three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is a combination of three objects ...

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Using and storing water on a farm

Can you imagine a farm with no water? What might happen to the animals and crops? This clip explains how important a water supply is for farmers. You will see some ways that farmers store water, which is especially important when there is limited or no rain.

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Make it go: energy change: assessment

Find out what you know about energy and how it changes. Complete a flow chart to show energy changes by identifying the energy source and the energy output of some machines. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate the procedures ...

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Water for life

This is a unit of work about the importance of water. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Ways we use water; Where our water comes from; Carrying water; Sharing a precious resource; and Wonderful water. The activities ...