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)

Elaborations
  • 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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Weeds attack!

Weeds attack! is a web-based, multimedia resource with interactive learning activities aimed at preparing students to investigate a local weed of national significance. This is a hands-on project based on the Weed Warriors program. The resource models the activity of growing a bio control for bitou bush, using a games-based ...

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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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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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Design packet: middle school and high school

This NASA unit of work introduces students to using a simple design process to solve a practical problem. The resource consists of an PDF handout for students that introduces the process, a set of design sheets on which they record their responses to questions at each stage of the process, and a rubric to facilitate evaluation ...

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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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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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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 ...

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Environmental evaluation project: frog pond habitat

Explore why a frog population is declining. Look at changes in the pond over time: water quality, habitat loss and predation by introduced species. Build a food web for the pond. Model population interactions. Identify which species have the greatest impact on the frog. Build a report using evidence you have collected to ...

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Below Earth's crust

Imagine tunnelling deep, deep below the Earth's surface. What do you think you would find thousands of kilometres down? Watch this clip to find out what is inside the Earth, what it's made up of and how hot it is. Find out about earthquakes, volcanoes, and geysers, and how they help us to understand about the composition ...

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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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Optics and images: curved mirrors

Position lenses and mirrors to change the direction of light rays and produce images. Predict the properties of a reflection produced by a mirror according to its shape: flat, concave or convex. Explore how the distance of an object from a mirror affects the image produced. This learning object is the second in a series ...

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Wild ride: get a grip

Investigate the role of friction in performance of bicycle tyres. Test how the type of tread affects grip and speed. Choose tyres best suited to track and weather conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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What the world is made of

Use the 'particle model' to explore properties of matter. Compare the arrangement and movement of particles in the three phases of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Explore how substances can change between the three phases. For example, look at what happens when water changes state through a physical process such as melting ...

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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 ...

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Volcanoes and people

Imagine living in the shadow of a volcano? Well, millions of people do in Naples, Italy, where a massive volcano called Vesuvius exists. This clip explores the dangers posed by volcanoes and investigates some recent and ancient eruptions. Find out some misconceptions about volcanoes and discover how science is helping prevent ...