Lower Secondary Science Matters Teacher’s Edition Workbook Volume A
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Lower Secondary Science Workbook is designed to complement the Science Matters textbook. It is written in line with the 2013 Lower Secondary Science syllabus from the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The workbook reinforces and deepens the understanding of the concepts and skills that students have learnt in the Lower Secondary Science curriculum.
In the workbook, various types of questions are used to help students recall and apply concepts, as well as make connections between concepts. These include graphic organisers, challenging questions and questions that are set in real-life contexts. The workbook questions are scaffolded so that students can apply their knowledge incrementally in a guided manner. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills that allow students to interact with a given context in a question.
- Secures students’ basic understanding of concepts – Secure Your Basics sections comprise questions that reinforce the basic understanding of concepts and are organised according to the development of concepts in the textbooks.
- Help students make connection – Map It Out sections come with graphic organisers that help students make connections between concepts.
- Develops higher order thinking skills in students – Challenge Yourself sections consist of application and contextualised questions that require students to think critically and apply the concepts learnt in new situations. Questions are purposefully organised to deepen the students’ understanding of the concepts applied with every questions answered.
Above extract from Preface of Lower Secondary Science Workbook TE (reproduced with the permission of the publishers).
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 Workbook Teacher’s Edition
Guide to Studying
Chapter 1 The Scientific Endeavour
Chapter 2 Exploring Diversity of Matter by Its Physical Properties
Chapter 3 Exploring Diversity of Matter by Its Chemical Composition
Chapter 4 Exploring Diversity of Matter Using Separation Techniques
Chapter 5 Understanding Diversity of Organisms
Revision Exercise: Diversity
Chapter 6 Model of Cells — The Basic Units of Life
Chapter 7 Model of Matter — The Particulate Nature of Matter
Chapter 8 Model of Matter — Atoms and Molecules
Chapter 9 Ray Model of Light
Revision Exercise: Models
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