Lower Secondary Science Matters Textbook Volume B
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The Science Matters package is designed to meet the needs of learners of the 21st Century. It is written in line with the 2013 Lower Secondary Science syllabus from the Ministry of Education, Singapore. This package cultivates a sense of curiosity in students about the world around them.
Lower Secondary Science Textbook helps students discover scientific knowledge by using extensive real-life contexts. The use of purposeful visuals helps to enhance the students’ learning experience. The book also provides visuals helps to enhance the students’ learning experience. The books also provides many opportunities for students to develop scientific literacy through a strong foundation in Science.
- Help students relate to scientific concepts – Each chapter starts with a real-life context from which concepts are developed. By providing many concrete examples, students learn more easily and appreciate Science to a deeper extent as they understand how concepts are applicable to their daily life. Context-based questions in the book also help students further apply what they have learnt to real-life situations.
- Engages students through visuals – Infographics are employed to explain concepts without the monotony of running text. Information is communicated clearly and concisely in this manner. In addition, fascinating pictures are used to create excitement among students and make learning more enjoyable.
- Communicates big ideas in Science – Links are provided so that students make connections between concepts learnt. Theme pages also outline the interconnectivity of concepts and questions are posed at the start of each theme to frame th ebig ideas of the chapters that follow.
- Encourage critical thinking – Students are asked questions that require an extension of the concepts learnt. In addition, concepts are linked to their applications in society, and students are challenged to think about the concepts at a broader level and to understand the ethical issues surrounding science and technology.
Above extract from Preface of Lower Secondary Science Textbook (reproduced with the permission of the publishers).
Lower Secondary Science Textbook B comes with an answer key (inserted).
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 Textbook Volume B
Thematic Concept Map
Chapter 10 Transport Systems in Organisms
10.1 The Need for a Transport System Optional for N(A)
10.2 Transport System in Plants
10.3 Transport System in Humans
Chapter 11 Human Digestive System
11.1 Why is the Digestive System Important?
11.2 The Human Digestive System
11.3 Digestive Enzymes
Chapter 12 Human Sexual Reproductive System
12.1 Human Sexual Reproductive System
12.2 Sexual Reproduction
12.3 Premarital Sex and Abortion
12.4 Birth Control Methods
Chapter 13 Electrical Systems
13.1 Flow of Electricity
13.2 Effects of an Electric Current
13.3 Household Electricity
Theme Pages: Systems
Chapter 14 Interactions Through the Application of Forces
14.1 Types of Forces
14.2 Measuring Force
14.3 Effects of Forces
14.4 What is Pressure?
Chapter 15 Energy and Work Done
15.1 Energy and Work Done
15.2 Energy Changes
15.3 Sources of Energy
Chapter 16 Transfer of Sound Energy Through Vibrations
16.1 What Causes Sound?
16.2 How We Hear Sound
16.3 How Does Sound Vary?
16.4 Sound and Society
Chapter 17 Effects of Heat and Its Transmission
17.1 Expansion and Contraction of Matter
17.2 Effects of Expansion and Contraction
17.3 Movement of Heat
Chapter 18 Chemical Changes
18.1 Chemical Changes as a Result of Interactions
18.2 Types of Chemical Changes
18.3 Types of Chemical Changes — Interactions between Matter
18.4 Movement of Atoms during Chemical Reactions
18.5 Effects of Chemical Changes — Friends or Foes?
Chapter 19 Interactions Within Ecosystems
19.2 Energy Flow in an Ecosystem
19.4 Conserving the Environment
Theme Pages: Interactions
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