Achieve! Science Understanding - Biology for years 7 - 8 will assist teachers to develop lessons for the biology sub-strand in Science Understanding for years 7 and 8. Units of work cover a variety of topics including classifying organisms according to characteristics, vertebrates and invertebrates, food chains and food webs and the role of humans and introduced species in these, cell structures and analysis, and systems such as the digestive system, reproductive system, eyes and ears. Work sheets help students build their scientific language knowledge and understanding of key concepts.
This book is divided into ten units. The units can be taught as a lesson with students in groups of varying sizes. Alternatively, a single resource or activity sheet can be used as support material, for individual homework, assessment or revision.
The teacher’s notes provide valuable guidance about using each unit, and contain the following elements:
Objectives – These are the key skills and knowledge learnt through using the work sheets.
Prior knowledge – This refers to the skills and knowledge required for students to complete the tasks. Some activities are more challenging than others, however, as a rule, students should have a reading comprehension age of six to nine years to be able to attempt the activities.
Background – This section provides additional guidance to help teachers to present a successful lesson. It may include definitions or further background notes about the subject matter.
Starter activity – Warm-up activities are provided to put the content into proper context and to gain student interest and attention.
Resource and activity work sheets – The resource sheets do not always contain activities and are used either to stimulate discussion or as a part of the unit’s activities. The activity work sheets may be used sequentially or as stand-alone tasks, depending on the needs of the student.
Extension ideas – Additional tasks are suggested to recap on the main skills or knowledge taught in the lesson, as well as ways to extend, assess or include technology in the lesson.
About this series:
Each book in the Achieve! series has been designed and written for secondary students who have low-level literacy skills and require modified classroom activities to fully participate in the curriculum. Students will experience success as they work alongside their classmates in the same subjects with material that is tailored for their literacy needs.
- Mature-look page layout and illustrations
- Topics that will interest teenagers
- An emphasis on literacy skills
- Clear learning objectives
- Starter activities, background topic information and ideas for summarising a lesson
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