Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 3 & 4
Students will investigate how forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. This topic encourages students to predict, test, collect data and discuss results.
- Discuss the relationship between force and motion.
- Use a spring scale to measure and record forces when moving a weight in different ways.
- Explore the effect of friction using different surfaces.
- Investigate the forces of attraction and repulsion between magnets.
- Discover ways to move a floating boat using contact and noncontact forces.
- Use observation to work out how an object moves up and down in a bottle of water.
- Explore air resistance of different shaped papers. Design a take-home rocket to investigate air resistance and gravity.
Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions
- Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
- With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065)
- Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions including consideration of the elements of fair tests (VCSIS066)
- Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)
- Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)
- Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (VCSIS069)
- Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (VCSIS070)
- Reflect on an investigation, including whether a test was fair or not (VCSIS071)
- Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language (VCSIS072)
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