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Australian Curriculum Science – Year 4

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We live in an astonishingly complex world surrounded by natural and man-made wonders, from amazing life cycles and evolutionary adaptations of different species, to human inventions which have changed the way we live. With a smorgasbord of examples, Australian Curriculum Science is the must-have one-stop resource for teachers. Through hands-on and interactive activities, each book in the series will captivate students and give them a thirst for scientific knowledge and understanding.


  • revised to contain Australian Curriculum science links
  • all levels use science literacy texts to introduce and explain science concepts
  • relevant diagrams or artwork support the text
  • comprehension questions follow each text and can be used to gauge students’ understanding of the concepts
  • practical hands-on activities, which are predominantly experiments, complete each section
  • teacher background information
  • a consistent format for ease of use
  • lesson preparation ideas
  • suggestions for lesson use
  • answers and explanations
  • suggested useful websites

Australian Curriculum links:

Science Understanding

Biological sciences

  • Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072
  • Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073

Chemical sciences

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074

Earth and space sciences

  • Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075

Physical sciences

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076

Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science

  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061

Use and influence of science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062

Science Inquiry Skills

Questioning and predicting

  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064

Planning and conducting

  • With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS065
  • Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS066

Processing and analysing data and information

  • Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS068
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS216


  • Reflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS069


  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations (ACSIS071

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