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Science / Year 7 / 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 (ACSIS124)

Elaborations
  • working collaboratively to identify a problem 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 previous investigations to predict the expected results from an investigation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Predictions (Science)

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EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

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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 ...

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Name these mystery objects

Compete in a game show against characters Einstein and Pythagoras to identify three different mystery objects. Each of the objects is the end product of a science demonstration. Compare your ideas and predictions with the host Bernie Hobbs's identification of the objects and her explanation of the science behind them.

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Day and night

In this lesson, you will use a model to learn how night and day occur. Diana will also teach you how the Earth rotates and revolves in space, and then she’ll show you how to make your own model to answer the question: “How do day and night occur?”

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Density

In this lesson, you will learn about a property of matter called density. Diana will conduct experiments to answer the question: “Why do things sink and float?” She’ll teach you how to calculate the density of objects, and she will then set you a density-experiment challenge to try at home!

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Pepper scatter experiment

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Tracking heatwaves in Australia

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Red cabbage pH experiment

It might sound 'un-sciencey', and have a bad smell, but red cabbage is actually very useful for testing the pH of liquids. Added to well-known liquids like lemonade or vinegar, red cabbage juice changes to 'pretty colours'. In this clip, Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman explains the colour changes and how red cabbage juice ...

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Left paw right paw

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Stellar scintillation

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Mystery plants mystery

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Classroom Antarctica: breaking the ice

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Predicting earthquakes

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A day at the Geraldton weather station

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Researching Tasmanian devils in the Tarkine

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Why does a grapefruit float?

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An ichthyosaur from the age of dinosaurs

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