Science / Year 3 / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting

Curriculum content descriptions

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053)

Elaborations
  • choosing questions to investigate from a list of possibilities
  • jointly constructing questions that may form the basis for investigation
  • listing shared experiences as a whole class and identifying possible investigations
  • working in groups to discuss things that might happen during an investigation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science),  Research questions

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