This workbook is to build on the skills established around the basics of atomic structure and matter. It is a step up on the nuts and bolts of the atom and provides some introductory elements of what is needed in the senior sciences. It leads students into understanding the differences between chemical and physical changes and gets them using there observation skills to distinguish between the two.
It focuses on aspects of levels 3, 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Science Curriculum.
It gives students the knowledge that they need to complete investigations safely and efficiently in science using a generalised template that is a basis to what is expected at NCEA Level 1.
The literacy tasks in this workbook encourage the students to read for meaning, scan material, select appropriate information and understand key words. The inclusion of mini-research projects prepares students for what is required in the Senior Sciences.
The numeracy tasks involve averaging, rounding, graphing, tabulating data and reading scales accurately. These are all vital skills in the Sciences and beyond.
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Specific Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students should be able to:
- complete practical investigations and experiments in a safe manner following correct scientific procedure.
- use key laboratory equipment correctly.
- describe some key aspects of the layout of the Periodic Table.
- recall the names of elements from symbols in the Periodic Table.
- work out atomic structure from information given on the Periodic Table.
- draw atoms and ions.
- explain how and why atoms form ions.
- recognise key differences and similarities between atoms and ions.
- write basic chemical formulae.
- explain the meaning of chemical formulae.
- follow basic compound naming rules.
- write basic word equations.
- differentiate between physical and chemical changes, giving detailed reasons.
- describe the methods for testing common gases produced in reactions.
- describe how to increase the rate of a reaction.
- read and interpret information from a text with a science focus.
- write mini-research projects using scientific text.
- draw accurate tables and graphs and interpret data from tables and graphs.
Student Workbook: 56 pages
Teacher’s Guide: 80 pages
Free* Downloadable Resource: 22 pages
*Available for free download when a class set and accompanying Teacher’s Guide is purchased.