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Starting Science Book 1

Introductory activities related to matter, plants and animals

Starting Science Book 1 by Diana Bickford
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Science education is an area of the school curriculum that is becoming increasingly important in our society. For students to become well equipped to cope in a high technology world they need a thorough grounding in science and technology concepts from the beginning of their school careers. The "Starting Science" series is designed to introduce students to some of the important skills associated with a hands on approach to the subject. In completing this series of thematic investigations children are required to utilize skills such as observing, classifying, recording, predicting, sequencing, comparing and contrasting, identifying, and labelling. To give background to each activity page, sets of teachers’ notes have been provided so that the page itself is able to become a supporting activity for the lesson, rather than the lesson itself. However, while suggestions have been made, teachers will quickly see how they can modify both teaching outlines and activity pages to suit the needs of their class.

The activities in this book, Book One, revolve around the themes of:


Made and Natural
Alive and Not Alive
Pliable and Not Pliable
Solids and Liquids
Cause and Effect

Plants: Parts of a Plant
Plant Needs
Growing Plants
Edible Plants
Where Plants Grow
What Can You See?

Animals: Count the Legs
Type of Covering
Animal Homes
Parts of a Bird
Parts of a Fish
Where Animals Live
Tame or Wild
Parents and Babies
Animal Families

Ready-Ed Publications; June 1994
64 pages; ISBN 9781863970488
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Title: Starting Science Book 1
Author: Diana Bickford; Annette Edgar



Matter - "Made and Natural"


1. Classifying
2. Observing
3. Communicating


Children will:

1. observe objects in detail by making use of the senses;
2. describe an object so that it can be identified;
3. describe changes in an object or a living thing;
4. compare and sort a group of objects according to a common characteristic.


Paper for a wall chart,
glue, scissors, colored pencils/markers,
letter to parents about "Show and Tell Day".


Pre-use of activity page

Walk around the school, observing made and natural objects.
Make a wall chart of children’s observations.

Suggested use of activity page

Discuss properties of made and natural objects.
Compare pictures on the worksheet.
Children cut out and glue pictures into appropriate boxes.

Post-use of activity page

Have a "Show and Tell Day". Half the class bring in made objects, half the class bring in natural objects.
(Classify into two groups, making labels for each object.)