These books enable students to become critical thinkers and independent, creative problem solvers by stimulating student thinking beyond factual recall and procedure. They engage students in higher order thinking which involves the application, synthesis and evaluation of knowledge and skills within a scientific context.
Each book in this series contains 10 topics and each topic features a 3-step approach to exploring the topic. However teachers do not have to follow the 3 steps as the pages have been designed so that they are self contained. Each section begins with an ‘Attention Grabber’ that will focus student attention and arouse curiosity before the student knows what the teacher has planned. This is followed by the ‘Give us a Clue’ section, a hands-on activity to flesh out the basic scientific notion presented by the ‘Attention Grabber’. The ‘Challenge’ provides the vehicle to apply this notion to an unknown situation. Content, questions and answers are provided for each section, Boxes of information and hints in the form of ‘So What’s Going On?’ and ‘Figure it out!’ are included to consolidate an understanding of the science presented in each section.
• Film canister cannons
• Reaching for the sky
• Burglar alert
• Keep the heat
• Robust rafts
• Is it magic or is it Science?
• Under pressure
• Spaghetti Science
• Dare devil eggs
• Plastics to the test
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 or lesson
A way of targeting student weaknesses
Suitable for individual or group work
A variety of activities for home study
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