Science / Year 3 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

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Curriculum content descriptions

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053)

Elaborations
  • choosing questions to investigate from a list of possibilities
  • jointly constructing questions that may form the basis for investigation
  • listing shared experiences as a whole class and identifying possible investigations
  • working in groups to discuss things that might happen during an investigation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Research questions

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Primary Connections: Night and day

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Primary Connections: Feathers, fur or leaves

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Night and day

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Producing and transferring heat

Students categorise and identify the source of heat production from a range of household items. Methods of heat transfer, including the heat from the Sun, are investigated with activities such as building a solar oven. The video resources provide a safe and easily accessible means of providing demonstrations of producing ...

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Looking to the Moon

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Sound

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Sound: strings

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Sound: bongo bonanza

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Sound: pipes

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Classroom Antarctica: Antarctic animals

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Living and non-living things

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