Science / Year 3 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS054)

Elaborations
  • working with teacher guidance to plan investigations to test simple cause-and-effect relationships
  • discussing as a whole class ways to investigate questions and evaluating which ways might be most successful
  • discussing safety rules for equipment and procedures
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Data collection

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 ...

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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 ...

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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) ...

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Primary Connections: Feathers, fur or leaves

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how to distinguish living and non-living things as well as how to classify living things. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons ...

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’ ...

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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 ...

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Biodiversity (Years 3–6)

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

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Sustainability action process: Kitchen gardens (Years 3–6)

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

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Water use and efficiency (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on water use and efficiency 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 ...

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

Sustainability action process: Sustainable transport (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on sustainable transport 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 ...

Teacher resource

Discover Dairy: states of dairy!

This is a teacher resource containing a sequence of inquiry for exploring how dairy foods respond to changes in temperature. It includes activities that involve making predictions creating an episode of a science show to illustrate how different dairy foods can change shape. This resource includes links to images, recipes, ...

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.

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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, ...

Interactive resource

Sound: strings

Investigate how a musical instrument makes a range of notes. Relate the sound made by a guitar to string thickness, length and tension. Answer questions about the strings and their relationship to the sound produced. For example, if a guitar string is tightened, will it vibrate faster and produce a higher pitch? This learning ...

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Sound: bongo bonanza

Investigate how a musical instrument makes a range of notes. Relate the sound made by a bongo drum to skin size and tension. Answer questions about the drum skin and its relationship to the sound produced. For example, if a drum skin is tightened, will it vibrate faster and produce a higher pitch? This learning object is ...

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Sound: pipes

Investigate how a musical instrument makes a range of notes. Relate the sounds made by panpipes to pipe length. Answer questions about the pipes and their relationship to the sound produced. For example, if a pipe is short, will it produce a higher pitch? This learning object is one in a series of four objects. Three objects ...

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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

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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Living and non-living things

This is a unit designed to help students gain understanding of environmental biodiversity through the examination of living and non-living things in a local environment. Students examine and compare familiar ecological areas and study the life stages of living things. They explore factors that affect living things within ...

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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 ...

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Transfer of heat

This is a unit of work designed to help students understand the transfer of heat between objects and apply this knowledge in their everyday lives. Students participate in activities to explore modes of heat transfer and investigate how conductors and insulators affect heat transfer. They examine familiar contexts of heat ...