Year 1

Spot the difference

Everyday materials can be changed in a variety of ways, and what’s more ‘everyday’ than food? Explore how heating and cooling creates physical changes to the observable properties of food.

Spot the difference addresses the AC Science Understanding ACSSU018 Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways, through the context of food including spaghetti, chocolate and popcorn.

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Spot the difference provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • compare the properties of cooked and uncooked food
  • predict how heating and cooling can change foods
  • learn about how changes to food can be reversed or not

Students apply their new learning by:

  • planning and conducting an investigation of which type of chocolate bud melts the fastest

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Spot the difference, students represent and explain their understanding about how everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways, by creating these representations:

  • Annotated drawing
  • Word chain
  • Data table
  • Drawing
  • Word wall

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Spot the difference sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Spot the difference unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

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