Science / Year 7 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy (ACSIS126)

Elaborations
  • recognising the differences between controlled, dependent and independent variables
  • using a digital camera to record observations and compare images using information technologies
  • using specialised equipment to increase the accuracy of measurement within an investigation
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Data collection,  Independence (Experiments),  Scientific control

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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 ...

Assessment resource

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.

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 ...

Teacher resource

Backyard Science: forces

This resource, including student videos, provide opportunities for students to identify types of forces, determine whether forces are balanced or unbalanced and compare water and air resistance. They will conduct an investigation into the relationship between friction and different types of surfaces. Students will design, ...

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Friction: friend or foe?

What part does the force of friction play in our everyday lives? Friction can be an advantage (friend) or a problem (foe). Join interviewer Doug Traction and professors Static, Slide, Rolling and Fluid at the National Tribology Research Centre as they have forceful fun investigating friction. This video won a prize in the ...

Assessment resource

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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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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Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and conducting

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources about planning and conducting scientific investigations. The collection is organised into four sections that correspond to the Science Understanding sub-strands of the Australian Curriculum - Biological sciences; Chemical sciences; Earth and space sciences; and Physical ...

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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 ...

Interactive Resource

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. ...

Interactive resource

Osmosis in potatoes

Compare osmosis in potatoes placed in three different sugar solution concentrations to find out how osmosis affects the turgidity of plants. Place strips of peeled potato into pure water, 20% sugar solution and 40% sugar solution. Measure the change in length in each case using a digital calliper. Record the data in the ...

Interactive Resource

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.

Interactive Resource

Stopping Distances: animation

Students use this resource consisting of a webpage in which students can vary either the vehicle (car or truck) and the road surface (dry, wet, icy) to explore the effect on stopping distance. This could be used as an introduction to friction.

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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 ...

Teacher resource

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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Building with different shapes

Did you know that the shape of an object can affect its strength? Watch as Ruben Meerman tests two columns of different shapes to see which can carry the greater load. Consider how engineers might use this information to build tall structures.

Teacher resource

Scientific language

Year 7 students are encouraged to use scientific language when discussing scientific processes and undertaking scientific experiments. The teacher scaffolds his discussions with the class to reinforce the use of scientific language.  Students are encouraged to compare their experiment results and reflect on how and why ...

Interactive resource

Mystery disease: outbreak in Glenbrook

Investigate the spread of a disease in the fictional town of Glenbrook. Examine patients and match their symptoms to diseases such as avian flu, hepatitis A, Ross River virus disease or whooping cough. Decide which medical tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. Identify how the disease is spread and places where the ...

Interactive resource

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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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 ...

Assessment resource

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 ...

Interactive resource

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.

Interactive resource

Wild ride: on a roll

Investigate the role of physical forces in how bicycle wheels work. Test how wheel size, tyre pressure, tread and load affect rolling resistance. Then choose wheels best suited to track 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.

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Environmental field project: frog pond habitat

Find out how animals use a pond habitat in different ways. Answer a short quiz about how organisms are adapted to their environment. Explore a pond and discover four sub-habitats. Capture specimens for study by choosing collection tools which don't hurt the animals or damage the study area. Collect animals from a grassy ...

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Clean energy: student activity sheets

This teacher resource provides a set of worksheets about renewable, low-carbon-emission energy resources. The worksheets are designed to accompany the suggested classroom activities and lessons from the Clean Energy Council. The worksheets include a Venn diagram, KWL chart, clues for a game and practical activities, and ...

Interactive resource

Mystery disease: outbreak in Stratton

Investigate the spread of a disease in the fictional town of Stratton. Examine patients and match their symptoms to diseases such as avian flu, hepatitis A, Ross River virus disease or whooping cough. Decide which medical tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. Identify how the disease is spread and places where the ...