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Science / Year 4 / 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 (ACSIS065)

Elaborations
  • exploring different ways to conduct investigations and connecting these to the types of questions asked with teacher guidance
  • working in groups, with teacher guidance, to plan ways to investigate questions
  • discussing and recording safety rules for equipment as a whole class
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Data collection

Teacher resource

Backyard Science: mysterious magnets

This resource provides opportunities for students to explore how a non-contact force, magnetism, interacts with everyday objects. Students will investigate the behaviour of a variety of materials when placed near a magnet and classify objects as magnetic or non-magnetic. Students will use their experiences to identify the ...

Interactive Resource

Kitchen gardens – sustainability action process (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 ...

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing a range of teaching and learning activities for years 3 to 8 focusing on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. Each unit consists of an introduction to the topic, teaching ideas and student activity sheets. The student activities include several ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

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 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.

Teacher resource

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 ...

Interactive Resource

Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

Teacher resource

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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Physical properties of materials

Students are challenged to think about why particular materials are used to make particular objects. The resources provide visual and practical demonstrations of the properties of different materials, both natural and processed. This enables students to make connections and to suggest the use of particular materials to ...

Interactive Resource

Thermal comfort – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This thermal comfort learning resource will guide students through an extended school based investigation. Students will develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

Teacher resource

Friction is all around us

The video clip ‘The magic of friction’ provides an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation of, and insight into, frictional forces. Students undertake an experiment with a toy car to explore how the motion of the car is affected by varying the surface of the car’s wheels. Additional resources are available to investigate ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Fair test

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of lettuces, peas and tomatoes. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

Fair test: growing tomatoes

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of tomatoes. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration. ...

Interactive resource

Fair test: growing peas

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of peas. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration. This ...

Interactive resource

Fair test: growing lettuce

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of lettuces. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration. ...

Teacher resource

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, ...

Interactive Resource

Science Talk 2007: Ruben Meerman

Find out what happens when the ABC's Surfing scientist, Ruben Meerman visits Year 3 at Crown Street Public School with some liquid nitrogen! Ruben shows the Year 3 students what happens to solids and gases when they are cooled and warmed and relates this to real-world phenomena. Ruben also shows the kids some tricks with ...