What's Your Reaction?

This book was produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry to help primary school teachers to teach science. The book was written to provide background information on the science, with the particular emphasis on chemical sciences.

Each chapter of the book covers a different topic and is dealt with at three levels, A, B and C. Level A assumes no science knowledge at all and is concerned with the most basic principles. Level B may be most suited to those teachers who have some background in science and involves more complex ideas. It is hoped that level C contains ideas to challenge all teachers. Listed at the beginning of the sections is a list of key ideas that the section deals with. Following this is the ‘text’ which explains the underlying chemical concepts involved in the key ideas.

Periodically within the text there are challenges which pose a question to be investigated. These may involve research in a library, a visit (for example, to a garden centre) to find information, or an activity. An important feature of the book is the reference throughout to the relevance of chemical ideas to every day life. At the end of this book there are answers and notes on the challenges.

Contents
INTRODUCTION
* History of the project
* The book
* How to use ‘What’s your reaction?’
* Some classroom resources for delivering ‘What’s your reaction?’
* What is a chemist?

THE CHAPTERS
* Growing plants
* Food
* Energy and fuels
* Waste
* Water
* Rocks
* Solids, liquids and gases
* Groups of materials
* Properties of materials
* Making new materials
* How materials behave

The book is available in complete format in the 'download background' file below, or as individual sections in the sub-collection resources.

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Growing Plants

Written as part of a book designed to improve and expand teachers’ knowledge of chemistry concepts in primary science, this resource contains background knowledge on the chemicals that plants require to live. It provides information about chemicals, their function within plants, fertilizers and the nitrogen cycle,...

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2000 - 2009

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Food

Written as part of a book designed to improve and expand teachers’ knowledge of chemistry concepts in primary science, this resource contains background knowledge on food. It provides information about the Sun as the ultimate source of energy, photosynthesis, respiration and digestion, and includes a related...

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2000 - 2009

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Energy and Fuels

Written as part of a book designed to improve and expand teachers’ knowledge of chemistry concepts in primary science, this resource contains background information about energy and fuels. It provides information about different forms of energy, fossil fuels, the fire triangle and the carbon cycle, also including a...

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2000 - 2009

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Waste

Written as part of a book designed to improve and expand teachers’ knowledge of chemistry concepts in primary science, this resource contains background information about waste products produced by human activity and how they affect the environment. It provides information about different forms of pollution...

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2000 - 2009

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