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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...

Skill 3.2 Deciding if an Article is Worth Reading in Detail

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to look at a text, after an initial skim read, to judge if it is worth considering in more detail.

This ‘second glance’ activity serves several aims:
* It enables students to assess quickly what is the subject of the...

Skill 3.3 Understanding the Value of Titles

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity helps students to consider how useful and informative article titles are.

During the activity, students:
* browse a scientific article.
* look for information such as the author, publication date and content of the abstract.
*...

Skill 3.4 Making Sense of a Text

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to identify different sections in scientific texts which help to create an order and logical progression of the information conveyed. It encourages students to look at how the information is split into several principal types and...

Skill 3.5 Identifying Different Types of Text

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity helps students to further examine scientific texts.

Texts can be characterised according to the type of information or knowledge they deal with. There are different kinds of texts and they can be classified and sorted in various ways. This...

Skill 4.1 Categorising Visual Representations

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to categorise different types of visual representations.

Students are given a large number of different visual representations dealing with a range of scientific subjects. Through a 'happy families-style' card-game, students...

Skill 4.10 Describing Graphs

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, have students write down what they have learned and understood from a graph about life expectancy and mortality. First in the form of statements and then in a narrative form. Students then move on to look at the different components of the graph,...

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