Science / Year 6 / 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 (ACSIS104)

Elaborations
  • using familiar units such as grams, seconds and metres and developing the use of standard multipliers such as kilometres and millimetres
  • using the idea of an independent variable (note: this terminology does not need to be used at this stage) as something that is being investigated by changing it and measuring the effect of this change
  • using digital technologies to make accurate measurements and to record data
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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Primary Connections: Change detectives

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Primary Connections: Earthquake explorers

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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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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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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 makes a weather event extreme?

In this sequence of tasks and resources students will investigate some of the extreme weather events that occur in Australia and globally. Students can view and explore the conditions under which extreme weather events occur, including a bushfire, drought, cyclone, flood and tsunami. Students are guided to investigate the ...

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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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Primary Connections: Creators and destroyers

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on volcanic activity on the Earth’s surface. Students explore how volcanoes are formed, how the viscosity of lava effects the shape of volcanoes, the benefits and risks of living near a volcano and how volcanic activity is related to the structure of the Earth. The unit is based ...

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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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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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Weeds attack!

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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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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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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

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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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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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Volcanoes and people

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Optics and images

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. Position a lens to produce a magnified image of an object. Explore how the curvature of a lens affects focal length and images ...

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Predicting earthquakes

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Microscopes

Examine and compare different types of microscopes: light microscope, transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope. Assemble a light microscope and find out how to prepare slides.