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Biology Matters Practical Book
Biology Matters Practical Book
 
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Publisher Marshall Cavendish Education Pte Ltd
ISBN 9789810117320
pp 175
Grade G9-10


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Biology Matters Practical Book is specially designed to complement the Biology Matters textbook. Designed to enrich learning and develop investigative and practical skills, this complete practical course is written in line with the Singapore 2013 GCE Ordinary Level Biology syllabus from the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Enriches Learning
   - The improved experiments facilitate the hands-on learning that reinforces understanding of fundamental Biology concepts.
   - Questions after the experiment stimulate critical thinking and extensive learning.

Encourages good laboratory practices
   - Notes at the beginning of the book explain how and why of good experimental techniques and safe laboratory conduct.
   - Pointers at relevant parts of the experiment remind students of safety precautions and highlight proper laboratory techniques.

Build skills
   - A list of skills at the start of each experiment details the essential skills that students need to demonstrate in that particular experiment.       
   - Checkpoints within the experiment help students develop skills such as

        -- using and organizing techniques, apparatus and materials;
        -- making and recording observations and measurements; and

        -- handling experimental observations and data.

Above extract from Preface of Biology Matters Practical Book (reproduced with the permission of the publishers).

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Components of Biology Matters:

The Textbook can be used in a school or home setting for 9th or 10th grade students. It can be read independently; although there are questions given in the margin for discussion. There a few review questions at the end of each chapter but for additional review you will want to get the workbooks. The focus is on human and vascular plant systems. Earth science, space science, and evolution are not covered. The text includes brief descriptions of the experiments in the practical books with a few questions which cannot always be answered without doing the investigation or a similar one. It is not essential to do all the investigations, but the program will be more complete and the questions easier to answer if some of them are done or similar investigations are substituted. There are a few Singapore-specific references.

The Practical Book is meant for a school setting and requires common laboratory apparatus and chemicals. They can be done in a home setting with the purchase of some equipment and adaptation of some activities, as well as substitution of some material. Parents/teachers need to be aware of and enforce standard safety issues and precautions. Some of the experiments do require some more expensive equipment, and can be omitted or other experiments substituted. The Teacherís Edition of the Practical Books is a copy of the studentís edition with answers printed on the pages. It does not tell you how to prepare any reagents or solvents.

The Teacherís Edition of the Practical Book is a copy of the Practical studentís edition with answers printed on the pages.

The Workbook can be easily used in a school or home setting.  There is one worksheet for most chapters, but not for all chapters, and one ďModel Examination PaperĒ. The worksheets are structured like the exams in Singapore and include a multiple-choice section, a structured answer section, and a free response section. Some of the problems will be easier to answer if the investigations and practicals or similar types of activities have been completed. The Teacherís Edition of the Workbook is a copy of the studentís edition with answers printed on the pages.

The Teacherís Edition of the Workbook is a copy of the Workbook studentís edition with answers printed on the pages.

The Teacherís Planning Guide is a good resource with scheme of work, detailed lesson plans, links to internet sites, and additional activities. The guide also contains answers to the textbook questions, including the reviews. (Please note that The Answer Key for Textbook Questions provides answers to textbook questions). Homeschoolers could probably find a variety of web sites themselves.

The Answer Key for Textbook Questions provides answers to textbook questions only. (The same answers are in the Teacher's Planning Guide).



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