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Starting Science Book 3

Introductory science activities for a range of themes

Starting Science Book 3 by Linda Powell
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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 Three, revolve around the themes of:
* Myself and Other Living Things * Living Things – Needs and Processes * Keeping Warm * Structure of Materials

* Effects of Chemical Change

Ready-Ed Publications; June 1994
56 pages; ISBN 9781863970754
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Title: Starting Science Book 3
Author: Linda Powell; Rod Jefferson


Teaching Points:

1. Discuss the term "insulating" and why we insulate.
Where do we find examples of insulation - double glazing, insulation in
ceilings, etc?

2. How do we insulate our bodies?

3. How could we insulate our cups of tea so that they would stay warm?
How do we insulate a tea pot?

Carry out the activity in small groups to ensure you find out, for example, who understood the meaning of a ‘fair test’, and to what level each child’s investigative skills are developed.

Here are three beakers of hot water. Each beaker has a jacket to keep the water warm. This is called insulation. Each jacket is made from different materials.

  • Color the beaker which you think will stay the warmest.
    Investigate your prediction.
  • What instrument will you use to measure how hot the water inside each beaker is?
  • Make a list of all the materials you will use.

What are you going to do?

How will you make your test fair?


  • On the back of this sheet draw a chart or write exactly what you found out. Why do you think this happened?
  • Was your prediction correct?
  • How could you improve your test?