Science in the Real World - Book 2 Cover

Science in the Real World - Book 2

Worksheets, games and experiments that show why science matters

Through a variety of worksheets, games and practical experiments, Book 2 again encourages students to think more deeply about the reasons behind an answer or experimental results. The activities show how their scientific skills apply to many aspects of their lives, not just to passing the next test. They also develop an appreciation that getting unexpected results, far from being a sign that they are "bad at science", is an opportunity to be great at science by trying to explain why an experiment didn't go the way they planned.

Ages: 12-13 | Pages: 64 | Code: 51109 | ISBN: 9781776556151

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Julia Burton

Through her study at Otago University,New Zealand, Julia Burton gained a BSc with a major in chemistry and a BA with a major in English. She then gained her Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from Teachers’ College at Victoria University. She taught science and chemistry at Upper Hutt College and is now taking a break to look after her children.


Real-world hypotheses5
Hypothesis or prediction?5
Testing a hypothesis7
Real-world methods9
Instructions are important9
The devil is in the detail (Teacher notes)11
The grid race (Teacher notes)12
Real-world observations13
Inference from observation13
Incremental theory development15
Predators and prey16
Real-world history of science20
Mary Anning20
Rosalind Franklin and the structure of DNA23
Real-world design26
The tallest tower26
Making it shipshape28
Real-world biology and the environment30
Family trees30
Plants and their pollinators33
Citizen scientists (Teacher notes)36
Real-world research assignments37
Navigating by the stars37
Medicinal plants40
Real-world experiments42
Paper planes – testing a hypothesis42
Egg in a bottle – explaining your results45
Gravity-defying water – explaining your results46
Dancing sultanas – explaining your results47
Instant ice – explaining your results48
Ice fishing – explaining your results49
Explaining your results (Teacher notes)50
Electroplating with electrolysis52
Creating compost55
Keeping cool – designing an experiment59
Does folding a paper towel increase its absorbency? – designing an experiment62