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Science Investigations for the Classroom - Book 2

Developing students' skills as self-managing online researchers of any science topic

In providing support for any science investigation in the classroom, Book 2 concentrates on computer-based activities that can be done outside of the laboratory. Another focus is on critical thinking: it gets students working on the process skills they need as scientists - defining aims, developing methods, collecting data, using criteria to evaluate information and forming conclusions. Expect your students to be challenged. Who do they believe and why? Would they cheat - and, if so, when? Are primary sources of information better than secondary sources? In a world of fake news, information overload and crowd mentality, this book will help your students learn how to pick out the valid data from the misinformation and to reach their own independent conclusions. 

Ages: 13-15 | Pages: 60 | Code: 51066 | ISBN: 9781776555109

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Brenda Greene

Brenda Greene gained an MSc from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and worked as a scientist, publishing papers on the genetics and conservation of New Zealand birds. She gained a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, and taught science at the Orana Wildlife Park and in Christchurch secondary schools. She enjoys hands-on science, and is always inventing new experiments for her students to do.


Before and after your investigation6
Key words7
The aim of a scientific investigation8
One variable8
Two variables9
Three variables or more10
Troubleshooting: when your aim is too broad12
Troubleshooting: when your aim is still too broad13
Boolean search – overview14
Boolean search – your turn16
The method of a scientific investigation17
"Five Ws and an H" questions17
Bibliography – overview18
Bibliography – your turn20
Plagiarism – right or wrong?21
Plagiarism – survey29
Plagiarism – graph it31
Primary and secondary sources33
Using the research literature to find useful information35
Using a social survey to gather information37
The results of a scientific investigation38
Fake news38
Facts and feelings41
Written vs verbal information44
Using key words to identify relevant data46
Using key words with your own research findings47
Who do you believe?48
Sorting results – Arctic snow goose migration51
Sorting results – genes, chromosomes and DNA53
Evidence – your turn56
Link evidence to your aim57
Selected answers58