Theme 1: Be Scientific

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Be Scientific is different to the other 11 student books in the Science in Process series. Each double page spread is devoted to a particular process skill and the subject content of the book is therefore varied. Each activity can be used at any time with any of the themed student books in order to clarify or emphasise a skill.

Although this student book was written for students aged 11 to 13, the level of demand and curriculum content of most of the activities would be suitable for Key Stage Two students or lower ability Key Stage Three students. The ‘cut out’ sheets referred to can be found in the Teacher's Resource Pack.

The spreads in the book include the following skills:
1. Discussing - discussion checklist, discussion activity based on saving electricity
2. Planning – using a flow chart to make a plan
3. Recording – illustrates a variety of ways to record data
4. Presenting – illustrates a variety of ways to present information, although it does not include tables or graphs
5. Applying – applying knowledge about birds' feet to decide what type of food they might eat
6. Classifying – using a classification key to classify leaves, classifying everyday objects
7. Evaluating – a checklist for evaluating work
8. Experimenting – an experiment to find out which boat shape goes the fastest
9. Hypothesising – illustrates how to make a hypothesis and test it
10. Inferring – using inference boxes to illustrate how to use observations to suggest the unknown contents of the box
11. Interpreting – illustrates ways in which we interpret information
12. Investigating – illustrates a variety of ways information can be gathered
13. Observing – the use of all the senses to make observations
14. Predicting – two activities involving predicting the number of objects or water needed to reach a level
15. Questioning – illustrates how questions can be asked when investigating the use of fruit juices to produce electricity.

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