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: Dynamic Earth; ancient life and geologic time; ancient reptiles, Australian mega fauna and sites, It's astronomic! plate tectonics, Australian landforms, resources, pollution, our Sun.
The living world: Agriculture, living things, cells, reproduction, further reproduction, evolution, genetics, coordination, hormones, animal adaptations, Australian ecosystems, human impact, biotechnology.
The physical world: Machines, forensic science, chemical formulae, chemistry, further chemistry, organic chemistry, bonding and electrons, the periodic table, metals, non-metals, motion, energy, more about energy, colour, electromagnetics, waves and their uses.
Skills, careers and concepts: Experimental design skills, graphing, more useful skills, careers in science.
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