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Science / Year 4 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS066)

Elaborations
  • making and recording measurements using familiar formal units and appropriate abbreviations, such as seconds (s), grams (g), centimetres (cm) and millilitres (mL)
  • recognising the elements of a fair test and using these when planning the steps and processes of an investigation
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Measurement,  Observations (Data),  Instrumentation (Technology),  Safety

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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experiMENTALS: Spooky slime

This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of making spooky slime with cornflour to produce a substance that is a little like a liquid and a little like a solid.

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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.

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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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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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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 ...

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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.

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MoneySmart: The house of needs and wants

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the mathematics, English and science curriculums around planning a school breakfast. The unit was written for year 3 and is intended to take about 12 hours. It consists of 11 student activities supported by teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Student activities ...

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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 ...

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HabitAT school census overview

This is an online teacher resource consisting of an overview of the HabitAT school census, a tool to assist students and teachers to discover and assess the habitat quality of their school grounds and neighbourhood. It was developed by the Yarra Ranges Council as part of its Learning for Sustainability program. The overview ...

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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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Sites2See: Astronomy for primary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, from Galileo making discoveries that changed our view of the universe, to new images and understandings from Hubble, on a page tailored for Primary students.

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The Changing Face of Australia, 1970: Uluru

This clip shows images of the ancient sandstone monolith Uluru (previously known as Ayers Rock), located on a plain south-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, during and after a rainstorm. The rain creates waterfalls that flow down the rock's surface, revealing the weathering process that has aged and shaped ...

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Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

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Earth

This learning object provides an introduction to the study of geology. Simple animations provide information about the inner structure of the Earth and the formation of tectonic plates; earthquakes; volcanoes and tsunamis. Each object includes a world map that shows diaster ‘hot spots’ where an a PDF document ‘The story ...

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Earth rotation: night and day [ESL]

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

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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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Cassowary ecology quiz

Explore facts about the life of cassowaries: physical characteristics; diet; habitat; life cycles; and locations. Interact with graphs to see how much people can help cassowaries. Work through ecology notes and resources. Answer questions as you go; express your answers as fractions. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Geology reveals how Earth changes

See how geology can tell us a story about how Earth has changed over time, as well as help predict natural disasters and save lives. Find out how geology can help you understand the world around you even when you are at the beach.