Theme 2: Air

This is one of twelve student books from the Science in Process series and covers areas of biology, physics and chemistry related to the theme of air. The resource aims to allow students to develop their scientific enquiry skills using this broad theme as a basis for a variety of student-led activities. The skills include observing, recording, presenting, inferring, hypothesising and predicting.

The fifteen double page spreads are presented alphabetically and were designed to be used in any order, either forming the basis of an entire course or to enrich an existing course. 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.

This theme has the following curriculum links:
1. Air pressure - bourdon gauge, measuring air pressure, weather
2. Birds – adaptation, classification, branching keys
3. Boomerangs – wing design, flight
4. Bubbles full of air – hypotheses, concentration
5. Falling through the air – air resistance and surface area
6. Fire and safety – carbon dioxide, expansion in metals, bimetallic strip
7. Flying things - flight
8. Gases in the air – gases in air, gas tests
9. Ideas about burning – phlogiston, conservation of mass, Joseph Priestly, oxidation
10. Jets – pressure
11. Sulphur dioxide – pollution, the effect of sulphur dioxide on plant growth, acid rain
12. Using air movement – advantages and disadvantages of wind energy
13. Water in the air – humidity, desiccators, calcium chloride
14. Weather – the Beaufort scale
15. Why we need air – respiratory system, gas exchange, breathing

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