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Science / Year 2 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions (ACSIS038)

Elaborations
  • manipulating objects and materials and making observations of the results
  • researching with the use of simple information sources
  • sorting objects and events based on easily identified characteristics
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: All mixed up

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about combining substances into mixtures and separating components. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for eight structured lessons that form an integrated ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Pushing and pulling: assessment

Test your understanding of push and pull forces by moving animals using monkey power. Investigate and then predict the effects of applying a force to move a range of objects of various mass. For example, select two monkeys to move a pelican, and predict whether they will move the pelican slowly, quickly or too fast.

Teacher resource

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 ...

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 ...

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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.

Teacher resource

Mixing things together

In this unit of work, students learn that the materials from which objects are made can either be combined in particular ways, as in a glass window with a metal frame, or they can be mixed together as in a cake mix. The method depends on the purpose of the object and the materials selected. Even when materials are sourced ...

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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.

Teacher resource

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

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, ...

Interactive resource

Old Bernie's story

Interview a farmer about a local pond and its environment. Notice Old Bernie and his family have lived near the pond for generations. Ask him a series of questions about the ecology of the pond and how things have changed. Watch his answers via video clips.

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.

Interactive Resource

Environmental and Zoo Education Centres – primary school resources

A collection of digital resources for primary school teachers and students to support teaching and learning from home, with a particular focus on geography, science and history. The resources were developed by Department of Education teachers from 25 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres in NSW and include Google Sites, ...

Interactive resource

Kitchen stacker: sort and label

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Sort them so that each group has at least one common property such as colour or container type. For example, group them as yellow bottles, blue bottles, cans and red items. Then try to group them in a different way. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects. ...

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Kitchen stacker: create your own

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Make your own categories to group the items. For example, sort them as red bottles, cans, big yellow boxes and tasty treats. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects. The series is also packaged as two combined learning objects.

Interactive resource

Kitchen stacker: label the cupboards

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Sort them so that each group has at least one common property such as size, colour or container type. For example, group them as big yellow bottles, blue bottles, small cans and red items. Then try to group them in a different way. This learning object is one in a series of five learning ...

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.

Interactive resource

Caving [no spoken instructions]

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

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

Kitchen stacker 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 bottles, cans or boxes. Then group them according to two common properties. For example, group them as red boxes, yellow cans, large bottles and red bottles. Then make your ...

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

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 ...

Teacher resource

Weather and where we live

This is a unit of work about weather and its effects. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Weather concepts and words; Changes in the sky; Houses to suit the weather; How does the drought affect living things?; and ...

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 ...

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. ...

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From the dairy to the shop

Have you ever wondered about the steps involved in getting milk from a cow to you? This clip tells the story of milk, from the dairy farm to the supermarket. Discover where cream comes from and how milk is made safe to drink.

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

Using 'Me, myself and I' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea recounts and illustrates the experiences of teaching R11587 'Me, myself and I - unit of work' to a composite years 1–2 class. This is a cross-curriculum unit in which students explore their identity and learn about various functions of the human body. It integrates learning in literacy, mathematics, science, ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

Identifying metals and non-metals - teacher resource

This resource is a professional learning package designed for pre-service teachers. It demonstrates and investigates the interrelated content, pedagogy and technology knowledge used in a series of science lessons that focus on the properties of metals and non-metals. The resource provides video footage of a teacher teaching ...