hallenging Science Crosswords provide fun ways to teach and reinforce the context of core curriculum- these crosswords provide an important link between written literacy and science knowledge. The activities can be modified to suit the literacy level of students and the topics are organised into four themes for easy teacher reference:
-Earth and space
-The living world
-The physical world
-Skills, careers and concepts
-Earth and space: Earth’s formation, planet Earth, weather, atmosphere, the solar system, space, resources, rocks and minerals, uses of rocks and minerals.
-The living world: Living things, classification, further classification, invertebrates, vertebrates, function of living things, cells, microscopy, micro-organisms, food, food and digestion, plant structure, Australian plants, blood and bone, body bones, respiration and excretion, skin, ecology, living together, feral animals, Aussie animals.
-The physical world: States of matter, forces magnets, electricity, light and sound, substance and reactions, technology.
-Skills, careers and concepts: Safety, units and method, processes in experiments, tools for science, useful concepts, famous Australian scientists, renowned scientists, scientists and their ‘ologies’
-Supplementary classroom lessons
-Reinforcement of learning
-Extension work for advanced students
-Preparation for assessment
-Creative teaching ideas
-Developing greater student interest and understanding
-A fresh approach to a topic
-Away to target student weaknesses
-Suitable for individual or group work
-A variety of activities for home study