Investigate food preparation and cooking techniques with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of chemical science.

Curriculum Content Descriptors

Science Understanding

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

Science as a Human Endeavour

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

Use and influence of science
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083 )

Science Inquiry Skills

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

Planning and conducting
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)

Processing and analysing data and information
Construct and use a range of representations, including tables 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 )

New elaboration - recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s knowledge and understanding of solids, liquids, gases (OI.5)

Inquiry questions to be investigated?
Scaffolded inquiry

  • Does wrapped food cook faster than unwrapped food?

Guided inquiries

  • Investigating lid-on and lid-off boiling.
  • Investigating cooking in an underground oven.
  • Investigating the effect of salt on boiling.

Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples advanced knowledge of chemical sciences and how this informed food preparation and cooking techniques.

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