Lower Secondary Science Matters Teacher’s Edition Practical Book Volume A


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Lower Secondary Science Practical Book is designed to complement the Lower Secondary Science Matters textbook. It is written in line with the 2013 Lower Secondary Science syllabus from the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The practical book enhances the understanding of concepts that students learnt and provides opportunities for the development of skills.

In the practical book, hands-on activities are used to encourage students to explore scientific concepts through experimentation. These hands-on activities develop process skills that students need in order to carry out scientific inquiry. Selected experiments begin with real-life contexts so that students can develop an understanding of how the abstract scientific concepts learnt are connected to real-life occurrences.

  • Develops process skills in students – The skills developed in each activity are clearly outlined so that students are made aware of the process of scientific inquiry that occurs in the activity. This leads to a greater understanding of scientific knowledge and promotes the spirit of inquiry in students.
  • Promotes Science as an inquiry – The activities encourage students to discover concepts on their own through experimentation. These activities have been carefully designed to develop students to think in a systematic and logical manner about the world around them.

Above extract from Preface of Lower Secondary Science Practical Book (reproduced with the permission of the publishers).

Lower Secondary Science Practical Book Teacher’s Edition provides answers to activities in the Practical Book.


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Components of Lower Secondary Science Matters:

The Textbooks can be used in a school or home setting. They contain many visuals and graphical information with interesting information. The emphasis is on understanding concepts and thinking about science and some of the content is designed to stimulate inquisitiveness and further exploration. Interspersed in the text are many “Think and Explore” questions to get students to think about the concepts. Some of these are answered later in the text but the purpose is to get students to think rather than simply read on and be told. Each chapter is also followed by review questions, many of which encourage critical thinking rather than simply reiterating material in the textbook. It is therefore a series that invites discussion and involvement even in a home setting, rather than something students would use independently. The A and B books are a two-year series and cover biology, chemistry, and physics. Earth science, space science, and evolution are not covered. The biology focuses on vascular plants and vertebrate systems.

The Practical Books are meant for a school setting and require common laboratory equipment and material, including solutions. Many of them can be done in a home setting with the purchase of some equipment and adaptation of some activities, such as those using a Bunsen burner, as well as substitution of some material, such as using chicken eggs to observe osmosis rather than quail eggs, but the teacher/parent should know science well enough to know what substitutions will not affect the intended results. They also need to be aware of and enforce standard safety issues and precautions, particularly with the chemistry experiments. Some of the experiments do requires some more expensive equipment, such as a light microscope or a distillation tube, and can be omitted.

The Teacher’s Editions of the Practical Books are copies of the Practical student’s editions with answers printed on the pages.

The Workbooks can be easily used in a school or home setting.  There are several worksheets for each chapter in the textbook and two reviews. The worksheets have a variety of problems, including multiple-choice, fill in the blank, and write an answer. There are also some mini-projects which require researching information from the environment or internet and performing a task. Some of these do refer to places specific to Singapore but can be easily adapted.

The Teacher’s Editions of the Workbooks are copies of the Workbook student’s editions with answers printed on the pages.

Lower Secondary Science Matters Volume A Practical Book Teacher’s Edition

Safety Equipment in the Laboratory
Laboratory Apparatus
Chapter 1     The Scientific Endeavour
Activity 1.1     Science Field Trip
Activity 1.2     Designing and Carrying Out an Experiment
Activity 1.3     Laboratory Safety Rules
Activity 1.4     Uses and Power of Steam (Teacher’s Demo)
Theme     Diversity
Chapter 2     Exploring Diversity of Matter by Its Physical Properties
Activity 2.1     Testing for Hardness
Activity 2.2     Testing for Thermal Conductivity (Teacher’s Demo)
Activity 2.3     Using Vernier Calipers
Activity 2.4     Finding the Density of Agar
Chapter 3     Exploring Diversity of Matter by Its Chemical Composition
Activity 3.1     Exploring Two Types of Elements
Activity 3.2     Making a Mixture and a Compound
Activity 3.3     Solubility of Different Solutes
Activity 3.4     Factors That Affect the Rate of Dissolving
Chapter 4     Exploring Diversity of Matter Using Separation Techniques
Activity 4.1     Separating a Mixture of Sesame Seeds and Salt
Activity 4.2     Separating Water from a Mixture (Teacher’s Demo)
Activity 4.3     Paper Chromatography
Chapter 5     Understanding Diversity of Organisms
Activity 5.1     Using a Dichotomous Key
Activity 5.2     Constructing a Dichotomous Key
Theme     Models
Chapter 6     Model of Cells — The Basic Units of Life
Activity 6.1     Working with a Simple Light Microscope
Activity 6.2     Examining Animal Cells
Activity 6.3     Examining Plant Cells
Chapter 7     Model of Matter — The Particulate Nature of Matter
Activity 7.1     Observing the Random Movement of Particles
(Teacher’s Demo)
Chapter 8     Model of Matter — Atoms and Molecules
Activity 8.1     Molecules of Elements and Compounds
Chapter 9     Ray Model of Light
Activity 9.1     Reflection
Activity 9.2     Refraction Optional for N(A)
Activity 9.3     The Spectrum of White Light



Activity 8.1 Model of Matter — Atoms and Molecules – Molecules of Elements and Compounds

Activity 8.1 Model of Matter — Atoms and Molecules – Molecules of Elements and Compounds
Activity 9.1 Ray Model of Light  – Reflection

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