Science Investigations for the Classroom - Book 1 Cover

Science Investigations for the Classroom - Book 1

Developing students' skills as self-managing experimental scientists

The Science Investigations for the Classroom Book 1 worksheets cover the core features of a well-designed experiment, while self-assessment charts focus students on the full range of skills they need to plan effectively. Students will develop an appreciation for the nature of science and the principles behind the scientific method, as well as their confidence with using related scientific terms.

Ages: 13-15 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5902 | ISBN: 9781776551248

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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.

Contents

Introduction4
Planning your experiments5
Classroom science experiment (journal cover)5
Self-assessment: My scientific skills6
Teacher assessment of scientific skills: Marking schedule7
Self- and teacher assessment: My self-management skills8
The nature of science9
Exemplar: Scientific report10
Running your experiments11
Observations11
Variables14
Data15
Data range17
Types of variables19
Mix and match: Features of an experiment23
Aim24
Hypothesis24
Mind map25
Method27
Results table30
From table to graph33
Results graph36
Conclusion41
Reflection43
Teacher resources44
Background information: Leaping candle flame44
Background information: Heating and cooling44
Poster: Features of an experiment45
Template: Scientific report46
Template: Additional activity on scientific method48
Template: Exit cards for scientific knowledge and skills49
Template: Reflection on working as a group53
Selected answers to activities55