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Science – Year 5

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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:

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043

Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077

The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080

Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions (ACSHE081

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083

With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231

Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086

Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests, and observe, measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS087

Construct and use a range of representations, including tabes and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090

Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218

Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093

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