Science / Year 8 / 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 (ACSIS139)

Elaborations
  • considering whether investigation using available resources is possible when identifying questions or problems 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 their own investigations and secondary sources to predict the expected results from an investigation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Research questions

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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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Energy: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials exploring many aspects of energy including the different forms of energy, the energy of moving things, heat, electricity, energy in food, and sources of energy used by modern societies. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, ...

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Matter and evaporation

Experiment with phase transformations of water. Heat a block of ice and a beaker of liquid water. Predict changes to the molecular structure and molecular motion. Look closely at movement of the water molecules, especially at the surface. Explore relationships between temperature, molecular speed and states of matter. This ...

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Energy: student guide

This is a student guide that explores many aspects of energy including the different forms of energy, the energy of moving things, electricity, energy in food, and sources of energy used by modern societies. It is divided into different parts with each containing information, images and diagrams, hands-on inquiry activities, ...

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Do heavier things fall faster?

Will a medicine ball or a basketball hit the ground first when dropped at the same time from the same height? In this clip, Catalyst's Dr Derek Muller investigates what influences the speed at which objects fall. Derek challenges some people in a market to make a prediction and explain their thinking, before he finally ...

Assessment resource

Matter: change of state: assessment

Test your understanding of the particle model by explaining temperature changes, changes of state and energy flows. Look at particle-level animations and relate them to the observable physical changes. Sequence animations and text to describe changes of state. Answer multiple-choice questions and give your reasoning for ...

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Light sound action: student guide

This is a student guide that explores many aspects of light, sound and electricity including how they are each transmitted and their contribution to modern societies, as well as material on the wave and particle models. This resource is divided into different parts with each containing information, images and diagrams, ...

Teacher resource

Energy: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that contains an overview of lessons relevant to a unit on energy. It contains resources to assist planning and implementing a study of the different forms of energy, the energy of moving things, electricity, energy in food, and sources of energy used by modern societies; and includes a unit outline, ...

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Light sound action: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide containing material to support the planning and implementing of lessons for a unit on the science of light, sound and electricity. It covers topics such as the wave and particle models, how light and sound are transmitted, and electromagnetic radiation and its uses in modern society; and includes ...

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Matter and evaporation: solid to liquid

Experiment with phase transformations of water. Heat a block of ice to ten degrees Celsius. Predict changes to the molecular structure and motion. Look closely at movement of the water molecules, especially at the surface. Explore relationships between temperature, molecular speed and states of matter. This learning object ...

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Matter and evaporation: liquid to gas

Experiment with phase transformations of water. Heat a beaker of water to boiling point. Predict changes to the molecular structure and molecular motion. Look closely at movement of the water molecules, especially at the surface. Explore relationships between temperature, molecular speed and states of matter. This learning ...

Assessment resource

Matter: evaporation: assessment

Test your understanding of the particle model by explaining temperature changes and changes of state. Answer five multiple-choice questions and give your reasoning for each answer. Look at particle-level animations and relate them to the observable physical changes. View and print a report on your work. This assessment ...

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Do different things fall faster?

Want to find out what happens when you drop a watermelon and an apple from the top of a building? In this clip, Bernie Hobbs and Ruben Meerman, investigate whether the mass of an object influences how fast it falls. Bernie and Ruben ride the 'Giant Drop' at Dreamworld, drop a watermelon and apple from an eighth floor balcony, ...

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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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Mirrors Simulation (sk-Intel)

Students explore the reflection of light by plane mirrors and operate a simple periscope using ray diagrams.

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Backyard Science: energy changes

This resource provides opportunities for students to analyse different forms of energy changes and their impact on systems. Students construct an elastic potential energy device and record the energy changes that occur using flow diagrams. By building a stomp rocket and throwing balls, students are able to investigate the ...

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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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Matter and evaporation: below zero

Experiment with phase transformations of water. Heat a block of ice to just below freezing point. Predict changes to the molecular structure and molecular motion. Look closely at movement of the water molecules, especially at the surface. Explain why the molecules remain tightly bonded. This learning object is one in a ...

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Lens Simulation (sk- Intel)

Students learn about the application of light refraction by completing a series of tasks based on light refraction using both concave and convex lenses.