The activities in this science resource have been written for students who are new to working in a science lab and are developing their science skills
In section A the activities are intended to help students become oriented to the science lab and to the nature of science education. The content of this section covers:
what science is
how scientists work
and drawing equipment
lab safety issues
dangers in the science lab
following instructions in the lab
maintaining books or folders
Section B is skills based also aimed at students who are working in a science lab for the first time. Worksheets contain clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions for students to work independently. The content of Section B covers:
basic lab skills
acids and alkalis
chemical and physical changes
gases and how they behave
All worksheets are self-contained and set out procedures, equipment needs, safety considerations and extension ideas.
The activity pages included in this resource can be photocopied and arranged for student orientation. They are then ready for use by new students and could be used as a class set.
Teachers may prefer to use selected individual activity sheets which can be run off and used in the classroom as desired.
Many of the activities could also be used with older students at the beginning of a new year, to reinforce important ideas and procedures.