Science / Year 8 / 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 (ACSIS141)

Elaborations
  • using specialised equipment to increase the accuracy of measurement within an investigation
  • identifying and explaining the differences between controlled, dependent and independent variables
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Data collection,  Instrumentation (Technology),  Independence (Experiments),  Scientific control

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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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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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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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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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Rock Your World: student guide

This is a student guide that takes an in-depth look at sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks including rock composition and characteristics, how they form, the rock cycle, landforms and the geological changes over time. This resource contains different parts or chapters, each with information, images and diagrams, ...

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Density Simulation (sk-Intel)

This resource is in the style of an 'authentic' scientific investigation. The investigation is set in a crime lab where finding the densities of the various items can solve the crime. The tool enables students to explore mass and volume for a variety of solids and liquids and hence determine their densities.

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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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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: 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, ...

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Rock your world: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that contains an overview a unit of work on the three main rock types: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. It contains resources to assist planning and implementing a study of the different types of rocks; their composition and characteristics; how they form; and the rock cycle. Interactive and ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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Rate of Photosynthesis

Students use this resource consisting of eight slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how to measure the rate of photosynthesis and understand what factors affect it. A detailed method is suggested for measuring the effect of varying levels of light. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Do dogs really care?

We'd like to think our dogs offer us comfort when we get upset or injured. Can the 'classic test' of empathy in humans tell us something about dogs? The reporter investigates the phenomenon of empathy: the ability to be aware and sensitive to the feelings of others from their perspective.

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MoneySmart: Light up the globe!

This unit of work will help students make an informed choice on which light globe to use from the wide range of light globes now available. Their choice will be based on cost, value for money, life span of globe, light output and energy used. Students will also gain an understanding of how light output and electricity (energy) ...

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Coffee spill

When you walk with a glass or a cup filled with liquid, do you find yourself spilling some of the liquid? Some scientists have studied why this happens and how best to avoid it.

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Seeing red: what is the red-eye effect?

Have you ever wondered what causes that annoying 'red-eye' in photos taken with a flash? How can you avoid or lessen it? Marko Moutafis uses eye models as he takes us through a lively demonstration to help answer these questions. He entered this video into the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science School Prize competition.

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Left paw right paw

Do you think left-handed people have characteristics that are different from right-handed people? It seems that right-pawed dogs have certain characteristics that make them better Guide Dogs, but how do you find out whether your dog is right-pawed or left-pawed to begin with? Watch this experiment to find out!

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Tectonics investigator

Investigate the internal structure of the Earth using earthquake measurements. Examine the Earth’s outer layer. Fit the Earth's tectonic plates together like a jigsaw puzzle. Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is ...

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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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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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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 ...

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What can you see under the microscope?

Explore the uses of a microscope. Use a microscope to examine slides of four different plant and animal cells. Place each of the slides in turn on the microscope stage. Adjust the light, focus and magnification to get the best image. Compare the different cells, and then sum up your findings by answering the conclusion questions.

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Tectonics investigator: hot spots

Identify how plate movements produce many features of the Earth’s surface. Predict the formation of new volcanic islands. This learning object is part of a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Tectonics investigator: Earth's structure: assessment

Test your understanding of the Earth's internal structure. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with the seismic exploration of the Earth’s internal structure and the structure of tectonic plates. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Tectonics investigator: plate movement: assessment

Test your understanding of tectonic plate movement. Use animations and images to help you answer a series of questions dealing with evidence of plate movement. Interpret data from magnetic surveys of divergent zones, as well as patterns derived from hotspot traces. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object ...

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Rainforest life: looking at cells

Help a scientist to identify single-celled organisms living on a rare rainforest plant. Examine and compare different types of microscopes. Assemble a light microscope and find out how to prepare slides. Examine diagrams and movies of single-celled organisms. Compare the function of structures within single-celled organisms ...

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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.