Challenging Science Crosswords provide fun ways to teach and reinforce the context of core curriculum- these crosswords provide an important link between written literacy and science knowledge. The activities can be modified to suit the literacy level of students and the topics are organised into four themes for easy teacher reference:
- Earth and space
- The living world
- The physical world
- Skills, careers and concepts
Earth and space: Earth’s formation, planet Earth, weather, atmosphere, the solar system, space, resources, rocks and minerals, uses of rocks and minerals.
The living world: Living things, classification, further classification, invertebrates, vertebrates, function of living things, cells, microscopy, micro-organisms, food, food and digestion, plant structure, Australian plants, blood and bone, body bones, respiration and excretion, skin, ecology, living together, feral animals, Aussie animals.
The physical world: States of matter, forces magnets, electricity, light and sound, substance and reactions, technology.
Skills, careers and concepts: Safety, units and method, processes in experiments, tools for science, useful concepts, famous Australian scientists, renowned scientists, scientists and their ‘ologies’
This checklist highlights the major uses and benefits of the books:
Supplementary classroom lessons
Reinforcement of learning
Extension work for advanced students
Preparation for assessment
Creative teaching ideas
Developing greater student interest and understanding
A fresh approach to a topic
Away to target student weaknesses
Suitable for individual or group work
A variety of activities for home study