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Skill 1.5 Navigating a Reference Book

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity gives students practise in looking at the features of a reference book that will help them find information.

Students are challenged to consider the features that are useful when looking for information. They look at features such as the:

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Skill 1.6 Editing a Scientific Book

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to think about collecting and presenting information.

In this activity, students compile and edit a science book by collecting news items from print and internet sources. This allows students to think about the ways that...

Skill 1.7 Advertising a Scientific Journal

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity gives students experience of looking at a scientific or technological journal or magazine.

In looking at the journal, students consider:

* the name of the journal
* the subjects the journal deals with
* how the journal is...

Skill 1.8 Locating Articles in e-Journals

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to look at how to locate information using a reference database.

Students are presented with an article. They must note the central theme presented and when it was published. They are then challenged to find related articles...

Skill 1.9 Finding Answers on the Web

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity helps students to gain skills in finding reliable information from web-based resources.

Students are presented with an activity sheet that contains a series of specific questions. They need to find the answers using the internet. Students are...

Skill 2.1 Taking Notes from a Presentation

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity encourages students to listen actively to a presentation and take notes that will highlight and remind them of the key points. A guided activity helps students to evaluate how well they took in and noted the key pieces of information.

Students...

Skill 2.2 Engaging With a Presentation

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to gain more from presentations. This activity is the first stage in the process of developing the skills of listening and observing.

An expert is invited to give a talk to the students on a subject they have already studied...

Skill 2.4 Watching a Film

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity helps students to gain information from video presentations.

In this activity, students practise watching a scientific video that covers specific learning objectives. They watch the video twice. The first viewing is intended to convey a general...

Part 1: Planning the Crime

From Teachers TV, this video shows how four primary teachers plan an innovative project to engage and excite children in science by constructing a mock crime scene investigation. This will allow children to practise skills such as gathering evidence, interpreting data...

Skill 3.1 Deciding Quickly if an Article is Useful

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity gives students the opportunity to practise quickly skim-reading a text to assess its usefulness.

A guided activity asks students to quickly browse through a scientific article and extract information such as its title, author and the subject of...

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