Science / Year 2 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)

Elaborations
  • describing everyday events and experiences and changes in our environment using knowledge of science
  • suggesting how everyday items work, using knowledge of forces or materials
  • identifying and describing sources of water
ScOT terms

Observations (Data)

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Watch it grow

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the growth, development, reproduction and death of different organisms. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an ...

Interactive resource

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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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: Push-pull

This comprehensive teacher resource explores pushes and pulls through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Observations and evidence are gathered about how these forces(pushes and pulls) act in air and water, and on the ground, and the effect of the pull of gravity is covered. Eight structured lessons ...

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Primary Connections: Water works

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how water is used, where water comes from and how to use it responsibly. Water, a precious natural resource, is investigated using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive lesson plans, student handouts ...

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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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Primary Connections: Machine makers

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on forces as pushes and pulls. Students explore forces in their everyday lives, including forces related to simple machines. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive lesson plans, student handouts and additional teaching support material. The unit is based on ...

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Light and shadows: casting 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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Light and shadows: matching 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. Match the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Complete pictures ...

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Day sky, night sky [includes spoken instructions]

Identify objects in the sky such as clouds, planets and stars. Look closely at movements in the sky during the day and at night. Explore facts about celestial objects such as meteors and Moon phases. Build your own sky scene.

Moving Image

Where does rain come from?

Rain comes from clouds but do you know how rain gets into clouds? This clip shows how clouds are formed (made). You will see how important the Sun is in making it rain.

Moving Image

Making bread from flour

Have you ever wondered how your sandwich bread is made? This clip shows the story of bread, beginning with flour being loaded into a truck. Watch big machines mix the dough. See your bread being baked, then packed ready for the shop.

Moving Image

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.

Interactive Resource

How does your garden grow?

This Stage 2 resource grew from a conversation between young students questioning why they could still buy grapes if they were out of season. This wondering led to a discussion around when we grow certain fruit and vegetables. The original stimulus was extended to cover planting for the seasons and factors that influence ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous spinning tops: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience introduces the concept of forces. In this investigation, students explore how push/pull forces can be applied to make an object move, in the context of spinning tops. They observe characteristics of successful spinners, and notice how a force is applied to set them in motion, or to make ...

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Hatching from eggs

Use these resources to explore with your students the diverse range of animals that hatch from eggs. Students investigate and compare the life cycle of egg-hatching animals using a Venn diagram to identify common and different features between any two particular egg-hatching animals. Students also explore the habitats of ...

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Let's make it go: backyard

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Identify what powers things such as a lawnmower, wind chimes, solar water heater, barbecue or portable drill. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, wind, water, batteries, electricity, gas or petrol. This learning object is one in a series of three ...

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Let's make it go: at the park

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Identify what powers things such as a sprinkler, lawn mower, solar light or toy car. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, wind, water, batteries, electricity, gas or petrol. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is ...

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Small change, big difference

Living things grow and change all the time, but it can be difficult to see quickly in plants. This inquiry-based sequence of seven lessons uses simple experiments and guided observation to explore the importance of light for plant growth and food production. The experiments and activities are based on current food security, ...

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Let's make it go: in the kitchen

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Identify what powers things such as a dishwasher, solar water heater, stove or torch. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, batteries, electricity or gas. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a ...