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190 Ready-to-Use Activities that Make Science Fun

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6601-0
288 pages
July 2003, Jossey-Bass
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This unique resource provides 190 high-interest, ready-to-use activities to help students master basic science skills— including earth study, scientific method, the solar system, chemistry, physical science, life science, water and erosion, and weather and climate— for use with students of varying ability levels.

All activities are classroom-tested and presented in a variety of entertaining formats, such as puzzles, crosswords, vocabulary clues, and more. Plus, many activities include "Quick Access Information" flags providing helpful information on key concepts.

For quick access and easy use, the activities are printed in a big 8 1/2" X 11" lay-flat format for photocopying and are organized into nine sections.

LAYING THE GROUND WORK FOR GEOSCIENCE/EARTH STUDY features 28 activities, including The Mineral Identification Page . . . Volcano Expressions . . . and The Fossil Fuels Double Decker Page.

ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD provides 22 activities, such as The Science Skill Enhancement Page . . . The Great Search for Science "In" Words . . . and Understanding the Concept of Hypothesis.

REVOLVING AND ROTATING WITH THE SOLAR SYSTEM gives you 18 exercises, including Pioneers of Astronomy, Rocketry, and Space Flight . . . Solar System Connections . . . and The Moon Data Puzzle.

UNIVERSE CONCEPTS, PUZZLES, AND IDEAS TO STIMULATE AND ENRICH is packed with 13 activities, including Universe Adjectives . . . Comets— A Concise Quick Access Information Puzzle . . . and The Space Study Expression Puzzle.

CHEMISTRYFUNDAMENTAL SKILL BUILDERS offers 10 activities, such as The Chemical Element Symbol Puzzle . . . Grouping Chemistry Expressions . . . and The Atom Maze Page.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS FOR THE MODERN CLASSROOM features 31 exercises, such as The Heat Puzzle. . . It Sounds to Be True . . . A Sound Study Research Page . . . and Mr. Newton and His Laws of Motion.

HOOKED ON LIFE SCIENCE TECHNIQUES, IDEAS, AND CONCEPTS provides 33 activities, including Grouping Life Science Vocabulary . . . The Food Poisoning Puzzle . . . and Tripod Connections in the Plant World.

WATER EROSION FACTS AND INSIGHTS offers 13 activities, such as The Hydrosphere Knowledge Puzzle . . . Eliminating the Negative and Explaining "Why"--Erosion Questions . . . and Erosion Adjectives.

UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESSES AND CYCLES OF WEATHER AND CLIMATE gives you 22 exercises, including Climate/Weather Reverse Questions . . . Design a Storm . . . and Solstice and Equinox. . . A Concise Quick Access Information Puzzle.

This volume is one of three books in the HOOKED ON LEARNING LIBRARY, a excellent time- and work-saving series that provides math, English, and science teachers with over 500 stimulating, high-interest activity sheets to teach and reinforce fundamental skills across the curriculum. Other volumes available from the publisher include 190 Ready-to-Use Activities That Make English Fun! and 190 Ready-to-Use Activities That Make Math Fun!

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Author Information

George Watson has taught almost every elementary and junior high school subject during his 28 years of teaching. He most recently taught special education classes for grades 8 and 9 at Alexander Junior High School in the North Battleford (Saskatchewan) Public School Division. Mr. Watson also conducts inservice programs for teachers and parent-teacher organizations and speaks at local conventions. He is the author of Teacher Smart: 125 Tested Techniques for Classroom Management and Control and The Classroom Discipline Problem Solver, both from Jossey-Bass.
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"George Watson, master teacher has done it again! He has combined sound pedagogy in an innovative and challenging way that will appeal to students and teachers alike."
— Carrol Loewen, former special education teacher, principal, and director of education, Saskatchewan, Canada

"All teachers with middle years science assignments need a copy of this fantastic collection of 'high interest" learning activities. George Watson's twenty-eight years of diverse teaching experience is the great strength of this user-friendly resource."— Lyndon Heinemann, vice principal, North Battleford Comprehensive High School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

"George Watson, an enthusiastic and inspirational classroom teacher with many years experience, has created and compiled this practical resource filled with a wide variety of challenging and motivating activities that no Science teacher should be without."
— Brian Gardiner, assistant principal, Connaught School, North Battleford

"George Watson, an enthusiastic educator, combines extensive research and experience in the creation of this most useful teaching tool. It is a resource designed to provide teachers with a variety of easy-to-use activities and suggestions that are sure to enhance and enrich the science curriculum."
— Lyle Brenna, principal, Bready Elementary School

"A most impressive collection of challenges for every kind of student. A true treasure for the teacher who believes that Science can be integrated with other subjects. Learning is Fun."
— Mr. Merv. Grosse, director of education, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

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