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Science / Year 6 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS103)

  • following a procedure to design an experimental or field investigation
  • discussing methods chosen with other students, and refining methods accordingly
  • considering which investigation methods are most suited to answer a particular question or solve a problem
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Data collection,  Problem solving

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Primary Connections: Change detectives

This comprehensive teacher resource explores melting, evaporating, dissolving, burning and chemical reactions through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The factors that influence the rate of change are developed through hands-on activities and student-planned investigations, and physical and chemical ...

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Primary Connections: Essential energy

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how different energy sources are used to generate electrical energy, which can then be transformed. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for eight structured ...

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EagleCat: plants

Explore the optimum conditions for growth of five Australian plants. Perform experiments on how well each plant grows in different temperatures and at different levels of moisture and salinity. Use the data from these tests to form hypotheses about which plant will be most successful in each of five different biomes. For ...

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Primary Connections: Earthquake explorers

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the causes of earthquakes, how they are measured and the damage they can cause. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that ...

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Primary Connections: It's electrifying

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the role of electrons in transferring energy in electric circuits through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations of batteries, light bulbs, switches, conductors and insulators develop an understanding of how battery-operated devices, such ...

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Primary Connections: Circuits and switches

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on electrical circuits, electrical energy and the energy transformations that occur in circuits. Students explore circuits in familiar object such as torches, design their own circuits using energy sources, lights and other components, and explore the energy changes in their circuits. ...

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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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Primary Connections: Rising salt

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on how soil salinity affects the growth of plants. Students engage in hands on activities, growing their own plants under different conditions and observing the effect of different levels of salinity in their soil. They consider the causes of salinity in Australian soils and the ...

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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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Home energy use

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions and sustainable energy use and are two of the major issues facing the world today. This project explores energy use in homes, and compares individual energy use with the class average and calculate and graph CO2 emissions.

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Backyard Science: circulating charges

This resource, including student videos, provides opportunities for students to investigate the movement of electricity through electrical circuits. Students explore different ways to form a closed circuit to light a bulb, and classify materials as conductors or non-conductors (insulators) of electricity. Students research ...

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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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Syllabus bites: Electricity

This resource is designed to support science teachers in addressing concepts in electricity in the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in Science - Stage 3. Making decisions about the use of electricity is approached from an understanding of circuits, sources and sustainability.

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Makey Makey boards

In this sequence of lessons students explore how electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits, using Makey Makey boards as the basis for experimentation and recoding of data.

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Plant lab

Investigate the effects of four variables - nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration - on the growth of tomatoes. Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Consider the results and write up your observations and conclusions.

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What on Earth am I drinking?

This sequence of activities explores solubility, reversible changes and how to separate mixtures, using water as the key focus. Students undertake an experiment to investigate the difference between tap water and pure water. They also use an interactive series of resources to solve crimes by identifying pure substances ...

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Living in space

Do you know that people have been living and working in space for more than 10 years? The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the Earth more than 300 kilometres above us. Watch this clip to discover what life is like in space and the type of research that is conducted there.

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Investigating air

This is a resource that uses the topic of air to explore intellectual property, in particular patents. The resource includes: exploration into the properties of air; opportunity to devise and carry out experiments involving air; and the ability to claim mock credit for a discovery or invention by taking out a pretend patent. ...

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Let's make slime!

This resource explains how to make slime using cornflour to produce something called a non-Newtonian fluid. A non-Newtonian fluid is a substance which has properties of a liquid and a solid. This means it can flow like a liquid, but also can have a set shape. It all depends on the amount of force you apply to it. In this ...

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Sites2See: Insects and Spiders

This page links to a range of materials from the Australian Museums' Bugwise program, with additional materials and activities, including a resource about invertebrates in freshwater.