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Science: A STEM approach – Year 4

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Prepare your students for the roles of the future! Minds will be challenged and imaginations unleashed as students develop skills such as innovation, creativity, reasoning and problem-solving; and technical science skills such as questioning, observing, systematic experimentation, and analysis and interpretation of data.

Feel confident delivering a comprehensive and contemporary science program, and ease your way into STEM projects with Science: A STEM approach Year 4 for ages 9—10.


Each book in this fantastic new series features:
  •   four units with four STEM projects, organised by sub-strand—Biological sciences, Chemical sciences, Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences
  •   easy-to-follow lesson plan format, with term overview at the start of each unit
  •   ideas for incorporating technology in the classroom
  •   background information for the teacher
  •   resource sheets, if required
  •   assessment sheets provided for science knowledge
  •   STEM project for the remainder of the term (2–4 weeks)


Each STEM project includes:
  •   a design brief
  •   STEM curriculum links
  •   alternative project ideas
  •   a group rubric
  •   self-assessment
  •   resource sheets, if required


Science Understanding

  • Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072
  • Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074
  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076


Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions  (ACSHE062


Science Inquiry Skills
  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064
  • 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
  • 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 (ACSIS058
  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations (ACSIS071

    These books are an excellent framework for a STEM unit covering each of the science areas. They contain projects for each science and lots of ideas for activities to complete at school or at home. I like the layout of each unit with curriculum-linked outcomes and post-unit assessments.

    Joel Fisher

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