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Physical Sciences - Book 1

Practical ways to build students' understanding of essential concepts

To many students, physical sciences can seem far removed from real life and all the more formidable for it. Physical Sciences responds directly to this challenge by featuring a variety of reflection, practical and inquiry activities to guide and inspire students' learning in the physical sciences. It includes follow-up activities for home study or extension in the classroom. Substantial teacher notes cover the materials needed, teaching steps and the central concepts of each topic.

Ages: 11-14 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5900 | ISBN: 9781776551200

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Emily Hall

Emily Hall works at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is science teaching coordinator for the Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA), tutor/lab demonstrator in the Physics Department and teacher of a scholarship physics class for Dunedin school students. Although she started her university education in Canada, she put this on hold to work as a software developer for the North American sawmill industry before moving to Dunedin. She completed her BSc in computer science and physics from the University of Northern British Columbia, as well as gaining a BA in education and a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching at the University of Otago. Thereafter she taught senior physics in Balclutha and Dunedin, and completed a Master of Science Communication, with her thesis titled “Fight Like a Physicist: Teaching Classical Mechanics through Karate”. The martial art is much more than an academic interest for Emily: she teaches karate – of course, trying to throw in some physics concepts as well – and competes both nationally and internationally. Emily is mum to two boys who are keen karate competitors as well.


1. Body basics5
Teacher notes5
Cardiorespiratory endurance7
Muscular strength8
Muscular endurance10
Reaction time16
2. What makes us move?24
Teacher notes24
Newton's three laws of motion27
3. Movement in context35
Teacher notes35
Momentum and karate37
Torque and the seesaw39
Pressure and falling40
4. We are what we eat41
Teacher notes41
Energy transformation44
Energy in food45
Selected answers to worksheets and activities51