Science / Year 1 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)

Elaborations
  • thinking about "What will happen if……?" type questions about everyday objects and events
  • using the senses to explore the local environment to pose interesting questions and making predictions about what will happen
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Curiosity

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Schoolyard safari

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the external features of small animals and how their features help them survive in their habitats, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations into how a range of small animals move, feed and protect themselves are conducted, and comparisons ...

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Primary Connections: Spot the difference

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how heating and cooling change a substance's properties and whether the change is reversible. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for six structured lessons ...

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Primary Connections: Look! Listen!

This comprehensive teacher resource explores sources of light and sound, how they are produced and how light and sound travel. The role of light and sound in our lives and our community is developed through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive ...

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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: Up, down and all around

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the changes that occur to natural, managed and constructed environments. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Garden detective: explore an Australian garden

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Where does the sun go at night?

This sequence of resources focuses on investigating day and night, the movement of the sun across the sky, shadows and the moon. Observing the difference between the day and night sky and the movement of the sun across the sky at regularly time intervals provides data collection activities for students.

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Primary Connections: Changes all around

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the observable properties of the sky and landscape in their local environment. They observe changes of different scales and time scales and classify changes as natural, constructed or managed. Students investigate the impact of people, compare features of objects before and ...

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Effects of dry weather

What do you feel like when the weather is hot and dry? Discover what happens to the land during dry weather. Look at how the landscape changes at different times of the year.

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Changing lands and skies

Like the Australian Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this unit of work places a strong emphasis on the observation of familiar events and changes as a way of understanding, valuing and protecting our lands and skies. Students become familiar with some of the observable features of natural, managed ...

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Animal habitats: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this series of activities, students investigate animal habitats. They learn that habitats are places that provide many of the needs of living things and so contribute to their survival.

Interactive resource

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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Making a mobile phone disco

Have you ever wondered how sound travels? Watch Ruben Meerman, the Surfing Scientist, as he makes a mini disco using his mobile phone to discover the answer.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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.

Interactive resource

Let's make it go

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Look around a park, backyard or kitchen. Identify what powers things such as a car, wind chimes, solar water heater, barbecue or torch. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, wind, water, batteries, electricity, gas or petrol. This learning object ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it go: energy source: assessment

Find out what you know about energy and what makes things work. Match a machine to its use and identify what makes it go. Answer true/false questions to show what you know about types of energy. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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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 ...

Interactive resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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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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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Gooniyandi seasons calendar

This is the Mingayooroo - Manyi Waranggiri Yarrangi, Gooniyandi seasons calendar developed by people of the Gooniyandi language group of the Kimberley in collaboration with CSIRO. The resource consists of an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction contains information about the people’s ...

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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.

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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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Ngan'gi seasons calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Ngan’gi people of the Northern Territory in collaboboration with CSIRO. The resource contains an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s wish to document traditional knowledge of their Daly River ...

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Investigating sound and hearing

This teacher resource lists critical teaching ideas about sound and hearing; for example, that all sounds come from vibrating objects. It explores the difference between students' early understandings about sound and hearing, and the scientific view. It suggests activities that will encourage students to explore sound and ...

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Ways to catch and eat fish

Discover the many ways that people eat fish. Watch how the fish called tuna are caught and made ready for sale. Find out how some tuna is farmed and how the tuna farmer meets the needs of these tuna.

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Yolngu sea country: observing the seasons

This is the seasonal calendar of the Yolngu people of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. The resource contains an introduction, English and Yolngu-matha versions of the calendar, a table listing the winds and related links. The introduction includes information about how the people see the changes in time and ...