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Science / Year 5 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests, and observe measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS087)

Elaborations
  • discussing in groups how investigations can be made as fair as possible
  • using tools to accurately measure objects and events in investigation and exploring which tools provide the most accurate measurements
  • using familiar units such as grams, seconds and meters and developing the use of standard multipliers such as kilometres and millimetres
  • recording data in tables and diagrams or electronically as digital images and spreadsheets
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Data collection,  Instrumentation (Technology),  Independence (Experiments),  Scientific control

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