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Science / Year 3 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Elaborations
  • considering how heating affects materials used in everyday life
  • investigating how science helps people such as nurses, doctors, dentists, mechanics and gardeners
  • considering how materials including solids and liquids affect the environment in different ways
  • deciding what characteristics make a material a pollutant
  • researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people‚Äôs knowledge of the local natural environment, such as the characteristics of plants and animals
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Causality

Teacher resource

Fruit, vegetable, crops - unit 5

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, an interactive game, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about growing and processing fruits, vegetables and crops in a variety of settings including the farm, laboratory and classroom. The program outline and ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Old Bernie's Pond

Clean up Old Bernie's Pond. See how it has become polluted and invaded by introduced species. Restore the pond by choosing actions such as planting native species and removing sources of pollution. Look at the effects of each change. Earn points to get a certificate.

Interactive Resource

NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

Interactive Resource

Kitchen gardens – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on kitchen gardens 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 ...

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing a range of teaching and learning activities for years 3 to 8 focusing on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. Each unit consists of an introduction to the topic, teaching ideas and student activity sheets. The student activities include several ...

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Temperature changes the properties of a substance

Substances that are very cold have different properties to substances that are hot. Watch as the Surfing Scientist uses hot and cold water, food colouring and a fish tank to demonstrate what happens when water at different temperatures is mixed together.

Teacher resource

Farm animals - unit 4

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about farm animals that are raised for food and fibre, with a particular focus on livestock needs and farming technologies. The program outline and supporting documents can ...

Teacher resource

Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

This is a teacher resource containing items relevant to planning lessons and teaching primary students about food and fibre production. It contains a program overview, an Agricultural Resources Links document providing links to useful external sites and resources, and eight study units - each containing a program outline ...

Interactive Resource

Worm world: app for iPad

This is an iPad app of an animated worm composting system containing worms that must be fed appropriate food items in order to produce fertiliser to grow food and earn treats. The soil moisture and acidity levels must be managed and if the wrong food items get through, rodents may appear. This app includes sound that may ...

Interactive Resource

Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

Interactive resource

Water matters: watering the garden

Compare the amount of water used when watering a garden with equipment such as a hose or a sprinkler system. Choose how often to water the garden. Look at the results of using mulch on garden beds. Use a graph to compare the efficiency of water use options. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

Interactive Resource

Thermal comfort – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This thermal comfort learning resource will guide students through an extended school based investigation. Students will develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

Teacher resource

Destination Moon: more missions, more science resource book

Produced for National Science Week 2019, this resource aims to inspire primary and secondary students about space science just as the Apollo program to the Moon did in the 1960s and 1970s. The book features past and emerging space-related research, technologies and ideas from the worlds of science, design, technology, engineering, ...

Teacher resource

Game changers and change makers: resource book of ideas for National Science Week 2018

This resource book includes ideas to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about game changers and change makers from the past who have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems, to game changers and change makers of today, ...

Interactive resource

Why recycle?

Meet a group of children eating their lunch at school. Notice how each child uses or disposes of their plastic lunch bag in a different way. Predict where the bags might end up and how they may affect the environment. Find out about the durability of plastics and environmental benefits of recycling.

Interactive resource

Water matters: water fight

Compare the amount of water used when playing with equipment such as a hose or a water pistol. Choose how often to have a water fight. Look at the results of playing on a lawn or a driveway. Use a graph to compare the efficiency of water use options. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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Cacti and succulents

Have you heard of the 'cow crippler', 'living stones', or 'century plant'? In this clip, presenter Nick Hardcastle will take you into the wonderful, wacky and very weird world of cacti and succulents. Find out what they look like, what they need to grow, and how they are different. But most importantly, find out why you ...

Teacher resource

Future earth: resource book of ideas for national science week 2017

This is a resource book of ideas, activities, background science notes and case studies to support students’ involvement in investigating, exploring, experimenting, designing, creating and communicating their understandings about what’s involved in attaining and maintaining a sustainable ‘Future Earth’. The webpage also ...

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Composting and worm farms

What's a good way to create a worm farm in your school yard? Find out the novel approach Swan Valley Anglican Community School uses and how they make garden compost. In this clip, Josh Byrne explains how the worm farm was created, as well as showing how a chicken house was built, as well as explaining other great composting ideas.

Interactive resource

Water matters: car wash

Compare the amount of water used when washing a car with equipment such as a hose or a bucket of water. Choose how often to wash the car. Look at the results of washing a car on a lawn or a driveway. Use a graph to compare the efficiency of car washing options. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.