Science / Year 1 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions (ACSIS025)

Elaborations
  • manipulating objects and making observations of what happens
  • researching ideas collaboratively using big books, web pages and ICT within the classroom
  • exploring different ways of solving science questions through guided discussion
  • sorting information and classifying objects based on easily observable characteristics with teacher guidance
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Data collection

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Interactive Resource

Wilderquest

This is a multi-faceted resource exploring six types of New South Wales environments – desert, alpine, woodlands, rainforest, coast and town – and their plants, animals and people. Intended for children in the lower and mid-primary years and their teachers, the major part of resource consists of four open access elements. ...

Teacher resource

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.

Interactive resource

Kitchen stacker: sort the groceries 2

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Sort them according to a common property such as size, colour or container type. For example, group them as red, blue or yellow containers. Then group them according to two common properties. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects. The series is also packaged ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Interactive resource

Kitchen stacker: sort the groceries 1

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Sort them according to a common property such as size, colour or container type. For example, group them as bottles, cans or boxes. Then group them according to two common properties. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects. The series is also packaged as ...

Interactive resource

Where do frogs lay their eggs? [no spoken instructions]

Explore freshwater environments to find out where native frogs live and breed. Follow a frog's life cycle. Identify habitats suitable for frogs to lay eggs. Compare the ecology of native frogs with introduced toads.

Teacher resource

Library Pack: Space Explorers

This is a teacher guide that uses two picture storybooks to look at humankind’s exploration of our solar system. It includes: an introduction and three specific reading activities that involve reading a picture story book and completing follow up learning activities or experiments. The titles of the books and age groups ...

Teacher resource

Plasticine investigators: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This online resource introduces concepts of physical change. Students investigate the physical changes made to plasticine when it is manipulated in different ways, including the softening of the material by warming.

Moving Image

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.

Teacher resource

Sound and hearing: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience investigates sound and hearing. It explores various sources of sounds in the environment and how humans sense these sounds. This CLE provides teachers with three inquiry-based investigations supported by a teaching and learning plan, background information (including possible student misconceptions ...

Interactive resource

Kitchen stacker 1

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Sort them according to a common property such as size, colour or container type. For example, group them as bottles, cans or boxes. Then group them according to up to three common properties. For example, group them as red bottles, cans, yellow boxes or large blue bottles. Then make ...

Interactive resource

Mineshaft [no spoken instructions]

Direct a cart down a mineshaft. Examine rocks and minerals such as coal and diamonds. Match them to their use in industry such as power generation or jewellery.

Teacher resource

Where the wild things grow

This sequence of five lessons explores plant adaptation and the unique features that enable them to survive. The picture book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak is used to engage students in a inquiry-based investigation that draws on current photosynthesis research. The unit includes easy to set and see science ...

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.

Interactive resource

Caving [includes spoken instructions]

Explore a limestone cave. Identify glow worms, bats and rock features such as stalactites. Take photos, then match pictures with captions.