Science / Year 7 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)

Elaborations
  • working collaboratively to identify a problem to investigate
  • recognising that the solution of some questions and problems requires consideration of social, cultural, economic or moral aspects rather than or as well as scientific investigation
  • using information and knowledge from previous investigations to predict the expected results from an investigation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science)

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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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Dugong dilemma: assessment

Assess your ability to test a hypothesis by investigating data and using scientific models. Select likely hypotheses for the decrease in a dugong population. Investigate the living things present in a coastal marine habitat, and use a food web to understand the relationships between different animals. Model the effects ...

Teacher resource

Water: learn it for life! - year 7 science

This PDF unit of work is one of a series of resources accessible by searching the list in the series.It includes two teaching and learning sequences: 'Water journeys' focuses on the water cycle, and 'Pure water' focuses on the processes and people involved in creating and managing drinkable water. It provides Australian ...

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Introduction to Science by Doing: student guide

This resource introduces students to the Science by doing approach and associated learning materials. It explores the concepts used in 'doing' science, guides students through the process of working in a laboratory, including safety and equipment, and invites students to explore their own learning style. Students can also ...

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Introduction to Science by Doing: teacher guide

This resource provides teachers with an overview of the Science by doing program including its approach and associated learning materials. It provides teachers with an easy-to-navigate exploration of the concepts used in 'doing' science, the process of working in a laboratory, including safety and equipment, and the underpinning ...

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Target 100: study guides

This is a website containing four sustainability study guides: Water: our most precious resource; Biodiversity: protecting the environment; Greener farming: protecting the environment; and Animal health: the science of healthy animals. Each guide is a PDF of about 50 pages organised around the 5E instructional model - engage, ...

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Sustainability action process: Sustainable transport (Years 7–10)

This learning resource guides students through an extended school based or local investigation. Students will develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning. Students work sequentially through the five steps in the Sustainability action process. Each ...

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Name these mystery objects

Compete in a game show against characters Einstein and Pythagoras to identify three different mystery objects. Each of the objects is the end product of a science demonstration. Compare your ideas and predictions with the host Bernie Hobbs's identification of the objects and her explanation of the science behind them.

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iPlan

This resource contains ten IWB flipcharts as well as Flash alternative exercises and models how to plan a scientific investigation, choose the right equipment and follow safe working practices.

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EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

This is an interactive website about Australia's savannas. It has four main sections providing information about where tropical savannas are located across the world; the importance of termites in Australia's tropical savannas ecosystem; the lifecycle of the termite; and the research being conducted in Australia's savannas. ...

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Electromagnetic Simulation (sk-Intel)

In this resource students explore how an electromagnet works in real life. They can then apply their learning in an electromagnetism game by changing the magnetism of a scrap lifter in a scrap yard and removing various amounts of scrap. The resource demonstrates the connection between the power applied, the number of coils ...

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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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Classroom Antarctica: designing an icebreaker

In this learning sequence, students explore the science carried out on icebreakers and how icebreakers are designed. They research out how scientists and engineers use scale models, water tanks and ice tanks to design and test real ships. A final task invites students to design their own icebreaker, then test and refine ...

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Wetlands

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on wetlands. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about wetlands, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to teaching Science, with a focus on investigations ...

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Dark side of the moon: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to investigate how understanding of the Earth and the moon has changed over time by examining the validity of the common anecdotal reference to ‘the dark side of the moon’. In the process the students discover why the moon undergoes a cyclic change in appearance over the course ...

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Lift a car with human hair?

Could it be possible to lift a car with human hair? Watch as Dr Karl collects enough hair to make a rope for such an attempt. Follow his progress at testing heavier and heavier objects until the final attempt. Can the rope of hair withstand the force?

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Fair test: use a fair test: assessment

Assess your ability to set up a scientific fair test to investigate the effects of light duration on the growth of tomatoes. Analyse the results and decide the best answer to a customer's question about how much light is needed to grow tomatoes successfully.

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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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Fair test: design a fair test: assessment

Test your understanding of experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of variables on the growth of tomatoes. Examine the effect of temperature on growth. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions.

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Glide: an interactive guide to hang-gliding

Interview a hang-gliding instructor. Learn how a hang-glider works and get tips on how to fly. Explore the principles of physics that enable flight. Customise a hang-glider: choose the wingspan, camber shape and pilot's weight. Launch the hang-glider and fly it towards a target zone. This learning object is a combination ...

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Glide: an interactive guide to hang-gliding [no spoken instructions]

Interview a hang-gliding instructor. Learn how a hang-glider works and get tips on how to fly. Explore the principles of physics that enable flight. Customise a hang-glider: choose the wingspan, camber shape and pilot's weight. Launch the hang-glider and fly it towards a target zone. This learning object is a combination ...

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Glide: customise your hang-glider

Adjust a hang-glider and get it ready for take-off. Explore relationships between key variables: wingspan, camber and pilot's weight. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Glide: take a flight

Launch a hang-glider and fly it towards a target zone. Adjust the angle of attack, and steer left or right. Find updrafts and thermals to gain altitude. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Glide: meet the instructor

Interview a hang-gliding instructor. Explore the principles of physics that enable flight. Examine design features of hang-gliders. Get tips on how to fly a hang-glider. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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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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Wild ride: in top gear

Investigate how gears work and why you need them to ride a bicycle efficiently. Test how cog size affects speed and energy efficiency. Then choose gears best suited to track conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.