Science / Year 6 / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Elaborations
  • discussing the best way to communicate science ideas and what should be considered when planning a text
  • using a variety of communication modes, such as reports, explanations, arguments, debates and procedural accounts, to communicate science ideas
  • using labelled diagrams, including cross-sectional representations, to communicate ideas and processes within multi-modal texts
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Creating texts,  Data representation,  Reasoning,  Spoken texts,  Observations (Data),  Multimodal texts,  Explanations (Scientific inquiry)

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Change detectives

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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: 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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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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Aim to sustain: Help a habitat

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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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Aim to Sustain

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Sustainability action process: Energy use and efficiency (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on energy use and efficiency 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 ...

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Red cabbage pH experiment

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Testing the 5-second rule

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Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Thermal comfort (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focused on thermal comfort 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 ...

Teacher resource

What makes a weather event extreme?

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Aim to sustain: Get the message

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Aim to sustain: A world of difference

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Interactive Resource

DIY pH Indicator

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Teacher resource

Finding scientific solutions

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Taronga Zoo - Rainforest heroes: iPad app

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Interactive resource

EagleCat: plants

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Mystery substances: training

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Mystery substances: your first case

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Interactive resource

Mystery substances: pure and mixed substances

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Interactive resource

The Circle: the frozen laboratory

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Rainforest life: identifying living things

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Mystery substances: pure substances

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Mystery substances: mixed substances

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Mystery substances: emergency case

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