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Subject:

Science

Year level:

Level 8

A photograph of the evening sky with an orange sunset in the distance and stars against a silvery blue sky in the foreground. Black clouds are across small portions of the sky also.

Inquiry-based learning questions

This activity is a part of the Stellar scintillation resource.

Zodical Light. Photographer: Peter Lieverdink. Source: Flickr. License: CC BY-SA 2.0

These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs

Inquiry questions

  • How did Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People develop scientific knowledge about the stars? 

  • How is this knowledge encoded in oral tradition (including song)? 

  • How does this knowledge apply to the local environment? 

  • How do Torres Strait Islander People convey this knowledge to younger generations? 

Related activities within this resources:

A photograph of the evening sky with an orange sunset in the distance and stars against a silvery blue sky in the foreground. Black clouds are across small portions of the sky also.

Activity 1 - Uier Naskaisreda (The Twinkling Stars) song

Students will explore the scientific knowledge contained within the song Uier Naskaisreda, as a way to explore how cultural and scientific meanings are layered.

Suggested timing:

One lesson

A photograph of the evening sky with an orange sunset in the distance and stars against a silvery blue sky in the foreground. Black clouds are across small portions of the sky also.

Activity 2 - Observing Twinkling Stars

An out-of-class experiment that encourages students to observe stars and planets over a few nights or weeks.

Suggested timing:

One to two weeks

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