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Learning and practicing techniques used in practical science

Purpose: Although teachers will often teach new practical skills directly, having digital support resources can be very useful. Such resources can be used to reinforce teaching by rehearsing techniques or by providing an aide memoire for rarely used skills.

Teaching sequence: The example provided teaches ecological sampling techniques in grassland. The principles of biological sampling need to be taught before students use the resource, which is intended to give them further insights into random sampling, measuring populations and the recording of complex data sets. By using the resource before undertaking practical fieldwork, valuable instruction time can be saved in the field.

Preparation: although the suggested activity can be undertaken by individual students outside school, it could be used more effectively as a paired activity as part of a lesson, with focussed class discussion on key points. Students will need access to the Science and Plants at School (SAPS) website.


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