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Science Investigations for the Classroom - Book 3

Developing students' measuring and data collecting skills for any research topic

With its focus on data collecting skills, Book 3 gives direction on how to measure the standard units of distance, time, temperature, heat, light intensity, mass, volume and even atoms. The activities in this adaptable resource allow you to link maths, statistics and science in your teaching pedagogy. At the same time, their diverse and down-to-earth approach will enthuse students to pursue their science learning. Some activities have students finding out more about today's science from past discoveries - What factors help people make new discoveries? How did the periodic table come to be?

Ages: 13-15 | Pages: 68 | Code: 51143 | ISBN: 9781776556939

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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.


Further resources5
Science and society6
The shoulders of giants6
Profile of scientific discovery 1: Amedeo Avogadro18
Avogadro's number – pressure, volume and temperature of gases21
Profile of scientific discovery 2: Mendeleev and the periodic table24
Profile of scientific discovery 3: Karl von Frisch's world of bees27
Collecting data29
Fair test29
Measuring instruments31
Introducing standard units33
Fundamental units – a scarce resource36
Estimating distance37
Accuracy and precision39
Measuring distance41
Measuring time45
Measuring temperature47
Precise mass48
Bathroom scale50
Measuring volume52
Atoms, elements and the periodic table53
Measuring atoms and elements58
Putting air on the scales60
Checking data61
Error quiz62
Selected answers65