Assessment resource Fair test: use a fair test: assessment

TLF ID L9260

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.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify ways living things interact with each other and the environment.
  • Students set up a fair test to investigate a variable affecting plant growth.
  • Students carry out a fair test, analyse the results and decide whether the data supports the question being tested.
Educational value
  • Assesses student ability to use a scientific procedure to solve problems for customers.
  • Simulates lab testing procedures and data gathering.
  • Allows students to control variables.
  • Records experimental results.
  • Requires analysis of data tables.
  • Assesses student achievement of learning objectives.
  • Includes a printable report recording the student's prior knowledge, understanding of fair tests, ability to set up a fair test and interpret the results, and their reflection on how their knowledge has developed.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
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    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
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