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

Primary Connections: Melting moments

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how a solid is affected by heating and a liquid by cooling. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an integrated sequence ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Night and day

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day, using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The sizes, shapes, positions and movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon are investigated, and shadow changes throughout the day ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Heating up

This comprehensive teacher resource explores different types of heat sources and how heat moves from one object to another, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Primary heat sources (that transform different energy sources to heat) and secondary sources (that transfer heat they have accumulated) ...

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 ...

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Waste and materials (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials 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 ...

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. ...

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

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular teaching and learning resource for years 3 to 8 that focuses on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. There are three teaching units on the themes of ‘Energy introduction’, ‘Energy management’ ...

Moving Image

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

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

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: 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.

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, ...

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools – Years 3 - 4

This is a comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular resource that focuses on the theme of energy, covering the topics of energy transformation, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, the environmental impact of energy use, and energy conservation. The teaching unit ‘Energy introduction’ provides teaching ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

Easter Show: farm resources - unit 6

This teacher resource contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos. It also contains assessment rubrics relevant to teaching and assessing primary students about the resources and technology used to produce food and fibre. The program outline and supporting documents can be downloaded or ...

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.

Moving Image

Termites: destroyers or recyclers?

Be amazed by what these young scientists find out about termites. Discover where termites live and what they eat. You may be surprised to find out that they are not actually ants, and that they are blind! This video was a finalist in the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science School Prize competition.

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Vegetable gardens

Have you ever grown vegetables? In this clip you will discover many things about vegies and how they grow. Presenter Nick Hardcastle will even show you how to make a vegetable garden in a box. Find out which vegetable is actually a flower, which are the best seasons for planting and picking, and how deep to bury seeds.