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Science in the Real World - Book 1

Worksheets, games and experiments that show why science matters

In completing the activities in Book 1, students gain insights into why scientific research matters to them every day - and how it can even be fun! The varied worksheets, games and experiments encourage them to think critically about science and the world around them, as well as to develop their analytical thinking skills. In exploring the history of science and the development of the scientific method, students' confidence in their own abilities grows as they learn that there isn't always a "right" answer to a question or a "correct" result for an experiment.

Ages: 12-14 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5901 | ISBN: 9781776551224

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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.


What is science?5
Following instructions7
Giving instructions8
Inference from observation10
Making a hypothesis: What if ...12
Wofflings' trait inheritance13
Darwin's finches19
Testing a hypothesis: Drops on a coin21
Salem witch trials – witchcraft or disease?23
Indirect observation: What do you know when you can't see?27
Acidity of soils28
Leonardo da Vinci's machines31
Research assignments34
Space-age technology34
On the shoulders of giants35
Designing an experiment36
Dropping eggs36
Reducing friction39
Melting ice cubes42
Blowing bubbles45
Refining ideas48
Balloon rockets48
House of cards50
Science and the media51
Making simple things complicated52
Fact or opinion?53
Reinterpreting ideas: Fossil hunting54