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Science / Year 8 / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Reflect on scientific investigations including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identifying improvements (ACSIS146)

Elaborations
  • suggesting improvements to investigation methods that would improve the accuracy of the data recorded
  • discussing investigation methods with others to share ideas about the quality of the inquiry process
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Evaluation,  Experiments,  Data collection

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Daniel O'Doherty

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst describes how a school student conducted his own scientific investigation. Daniel O'Doherty was intrigued to find out what was the carbon impact of travel to and from school each day, and what could be done to reduce this impact. His project won the 2008 Action Against Climate Change ...

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The digestive system: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) explores the digestive system in higher animals. Students will learn about the role of the digestion in the context of modelling the human digestive system.

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How the Rubber Meets the Road

Lesson focuses on how engineers design tyre treads to increase safety and reliability. Students are presented with the challenge of designing a new tyre tread that will be safe when driving in rainy conditions. Student teams will design and construct a sample tread out of clay, then test and evaluate the effectiveness of ...

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Tasty science: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) students explore the digestive system in higher animals. In this investigation, the specialised structures and functions of cells in the tongue are explored to determine how this organ helps animals survive. Claims regarding the taste map of the tongue, published in 1901, are evaluated ...

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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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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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reSolve: Algebra: Tens and Units

This sequence of lessons aims to develop understanding of algebra as generalised arithmetic. Students learn to express 2- and 3-digit numbers in a general form and use this to explain results of arithmetic operations involving numbers with their digits reversed. The task links the ideas of place value with algebraic reasoning. ...

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Particle expansion

In this lesson, you will learn about how particles behave when they are exposed to higher temperatures. Diana will conduct experiments to show you how a gas, liquid and solid behave differently when they are heated.

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Can you guess the weight of Uluru?

What is the "wisdom of a crowd"? Mathematician Lily Serna investigates a mathematical phenomenon that suggests that if you have a large enough crowd, with a broad variety of people making estimates, then the mean (average) answer of the crowd will be accurate! Find out if a crowd can guess the weight of Uluru from the ground ...

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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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ABS Stats (iOS App)

This is an app that provides ABS data at your fingertips. There are three sections to this app: Key Indicators (including economic indicators and population estimates), Census data (2011 information and facts related to people, families and dwellings) and Population (a population clock which displays the current population ...

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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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Digestion Experiments

This resource consists of 3 sets of illustrated slides with voice over presenting detailed information and explanations of an experiment used to investigate the action of amylase on starch and the optimum pH for the action of protease on egg white protein. Results are provided and interpreted using tables and graphs. More ...

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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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Experiments that compare Inhaled Air and Exhaled Air

Students use this resource consisting of seven slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the procedures to compare carbon dioxide levels of inhaled and exhaled air and to detect presence of water vapour in exhaled air. It relates the change in exhaled air to respiration. There is a two-question ...

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Composition of inhaled and exhaled air

This resource consists of 2 sets of automated illustrated slides with voice over presenting information about how the process of respiration changes the composition of gases present in inhaled and exhaled air. The second set demonstrates experiments to show that carbon dioxide and water vapour are exhaled.

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Bryozoan skeletons in acidic solution

This is a colour photograph of two tubes, each containing bryozoan skeletons in acidic solution. The photograph depicts a scientific experiment investigating the effect of different pH levels on bryozoan skeletons. (Classification - Phylum: Bryozoa)

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Digestion Experiments 2

Students use this resource consisting of ten slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that enzymes work best at a specific pH. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Development and health - teacher resource

This teaching sequence provides activities for students that link to a range of online resources, particularly the BBC website Development and health. It assists teachers to use particular websites and online tools that underpin learning and lines of inquiry. Students develop an understanding of the different dimensions ...

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Location, location, location - teacher resource

This resource provides learning strategies and sequenced activities to develop geographical terminology and encourage the use of geographical tools as students describe and compare the natural and human characteristics of places. A collection of photographs is included in the resource as stimulus material. Part 1 examines ...