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Work Sample : Pat

Activity : Investigating the human machine

    Investigating the human machine - Pat : Grade Commentary

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Pat has demonstrated a limited level of competence in conducting a scientific investigation. A question to be tested has been identified, but no prediction has been made. Appropriate equipment has been listed and drawn but the investigation is limited as there is only one test and it has not been clearly expressed. Data has been collected and recorded using a table but quantities have not been listed. The results have been analysed and a simple conclusion has been drawn but the reasoning needs to be stronger. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade D standard at the end of Stage 2.

Grade D

The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

  • Investigating Scientifically
    Students independently implement aspects of a scientific investigation, such as observing, questioning, predicting, testing, recording accurate results, analysing data and drawing conclusions. They demonstrate an understanding of a fair test and identify variables. Students select and safely use equipment, computer-based technology and other resources throughout the processes of investigation.
  • The Natural Environment
    Students identify and describe structures and functions in living things and how they interact with each other and their environment. They identify various forms and sources of energy and identify ways in which energy causes change. Students identify features of the solar system and describe interactions that affect conditions on Earth. They describe how the properties of materials affect their use.
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