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Science / Year 4 / 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 (ACSIS064)

Elaborations
  • considering familiar situations in order to think about possible areas for investigation
  • reflecting on familiar situations to make predictions with teacher guidance
  • choosing questions to investigate from a list of possibilities
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Research questions

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Primary Connections: Friends or foes?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the life cycles of bees, ants and plants and the interactions between them through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The structures of seeds and flowers are explored and an investigation of various seed dispersal methods is planned and conducted. Six ...

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Primary Connections: Magnetic moves

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on exploring magnetic forces. Students investigate how magnetic forces apply to objects over a distance, examine what materials can be pulled with a magnet and how friction affects the movement of objects being pulled by a magnet. They explore how two magnets can repel each other, ...

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Primary Connections: Among the gum trees

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the biology of eucalyptus trees. Students identify eucalyptus trees in their local environments and explore the life cycle of eucalypts, including germinating their own collected seeds. They investigate how eucalyptus trees form part of a complex ecosystem and research the ...

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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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Where would we be without bees?

This inquiry sequence investigates the importance of bees in the natural world and how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive. Students are also provided with activities to investigate the life cycle and food chains of a range of animals including bees.

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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 ...

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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...

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Wild backyards: plan a study

This is a web page produced by the Queensland Museum about how to plan a biodiversity assessment within a school or local community, which includes an embedded 4-minute introductory video. The video is supported by links to a transcript of the video, a Backyard explorer leader's guide, a Backyard explorer user's guide, ...

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Sound

Investigate how musical instruments make a range of notes. Relate the sounds made by panpipes to pipe length. Relate the sound made by a bongo drum to skin size and tension. Relate the sound made by a guitar to string thickness, length and tension. Answer questions about the parts of each instrument and their relationship ...

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Changing landscapes: Connected learning experience (CLE)

In this investigation, students explore how natural processes and human activity shape the natural landscape. The human activities and the resulting effects on a local surface over time are explored in terms of the consequences for the environment.

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Classroom Antarctica: breaking the ice

In this learning sequence students investigate the concept of force, simply described as a push or a pull. They find out how forces can change the shape or movement of an object and explore deformation: breaking, bending and how different materials react under different forces. Students plan and conduct a simple experiment ...

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Magnetism and electrostatics: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience investigates how non-contact forces such as magnetism and electrostatic electricity can move objects without directly touching them. This CLE provides teachers with two inquiry-based investigations (and five activity stations) supported by a teaching and learning plan, background information ...

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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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Red cabbage pH experiment

It might sound 'un-sciencey', and have a bad smell, but red cabbage is actually very useful for testing the pH of liquids. Added to well-known liquids like lemonade or vinegar, red cabbage juice changes to 'pretty colours'. In this clip, Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman explains the colour changes and how red cabbage juice ...

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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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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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Carbon Cycle Sustainability

People rely on plants to survive, and plants are affected by people. This unit shows some of the relationships that make up earth's ecosystem. This inquiry-based sequence of six lessons is based on current food security, sustainability and photosynthesis research. The experiments and activities include easy to set and see ...

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Night and day

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 3 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. The primary focus of this unit of work is a literature study ...

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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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Electromagnetism: electromagnet basics

Explore the parts of an electromagnet circuit. Test objects made of different materials to find out whether they are affected by magnetic fields. For example, discover whether a rubber band is deflected by the field of an electromagnet. This learning object is one of three learning objects in the same series.

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Shaping the Earth's surface

This is a unit designed to help students understand the natural and artificial process that shapes the Earth's surface over time and how this has relevance in their own lives. Students gain understanding of how the surface of the Earth changes due to the natural processes of weathering and erosion by exploring how these ...

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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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Metal Munchers

Protect a spaceship from metal-munching aliens by identifying metals to feed to them. Perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. For example, test whether wool will conduct electricity.

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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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Science principles in traditional Aboriginal Australia

This is an illustrated article about how Aboriginal people's traditional knowledge demonstrates an understanding of physics, biology and chemistry and how Aboriginal people gather knowledge through observation, testing, trial and error, adapting and retesting. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha ...

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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 ...

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The secret chamber of the Anti-Bubble

Bubble-hunters Doctor Ruby and Bunsen Bernie have to solve just one more challenging bubble test before they can enter the Chamber of the Anti-Bubble. They have to make a cubic bubble! This is part two of a two-part episode.