Science / Year 8 / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information

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Curriculum content descriptions

Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS144)

Elaborations
  • describing measures of central tendency and identifying outliers for quantitative data
  • explaining the strengths and limitations of representations such as physical models, diagrams and simulations in terms of the attributes of systems included or not included
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Data representation,  Data analysis,  Data processing

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Seasons

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine seasons in the different hemispheres. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine day length in the different hemispheres. Examine the heating effect of the Sun. Compare seasons ...

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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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Rock your World: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials for exploring all aspects of rocks including types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic), landforms and shaping of the Earth, composition and minerals they contain, and the cycling of rocks. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive ...

Assessment resource

Solar eclipse: assessment

Test your understanding of the phenomena of solar eclipses by manipulating interactive models in response to directions, by answering multiple-choice questions and by responding to open-ended questions. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Interpreting changes of state

Heat ice and record the temperature and states of water at specified times. Plot a graph of temperature against time and relate sections of the graph to the states of water. Observe animations of water particles over time and explain the shape of the graph in terms of particle theory. Predict the shape of the graph when ...

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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, ...

Assessment resource

Lunar cycles: moon phases: assessment

Test your understanding of moon phases by completing ten multiple-choice questions. For example: identify how long it takes for the Moon to make one complete orbit around the Earth; choose an explanation for moon phases. Experiment with a model to help you answer the questions. For instance, move the position of the Moon ...

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Light sound action: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials relevant to a study of light, sound, and electricity. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, simulations, video clips, supportive information and notebook questions, and is divided into several parts including sections ...

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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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Seasons: Earth and the Sun

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Examine the heating effect of the Sun. For example, explore why it is colder at the poles than at the equator. This learning object is part of a series of four objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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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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Earth rotation: stargazing

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Position a camera at different places on the Earth's surface to take a time-lapse ...

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.

Assessment resource

Seasons: Earth's orbit: assessment

Test your understanding of why some parts of the Earth experience seasons. Create a model to show the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, and use it to explain how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine the seasons in the different hemispheres. Using a simplified model of the Earth and Sun, predict ...

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Interpreting changes of state: heating

Heat ice and record the temperature and states of water at specified times. Plot a graph of temperature against time and relate sections of the graph to the states of water. Observe animations of water particles over time and explain the shape of the graph in terms of particle theory. This learning object is the first in ...

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Shaping the land

Experiment with cross-section models of the Earth's crust. Explore how landforms are shaped over time. Apply geological forces: deposition of sediments, folding, faulting, igneous intrusions and erosion. Work out a sequence of geological events to match example landforms, including real landscapes. This learning object ...

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Seasons: the hemispheres

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine day length in the different hemispheres. For example, work out the equinoxes. This learning object is part of a series of four objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Sound: thunderstorms

Explore the movement of light and sound from a lightning strike during a thunderstorm. Measure the time delay between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the sound of thunder. Use the time difference and speed of sound to estimate the distance to the lightning strike. For example, if thunder is heard six seconds after ...

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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, ...