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Teacher guide Chemical patterns: teacher guide

TLF ID M020104

This is a teacher guide that contains an overview of lessons relevant to a unit on chemical patterns and reactions. It contains resources to assist planning and implementing a study of the different elements, the location of elements on the Periodic Table, metals, chemical reactions including reaction rates, and chemistry of the future including fuels and plastics. It contains a unit outline, glossary, lesson plans, links to external videos, and activity sheets. This Science By Doing resource is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource and consists of three parts: a student guide, student digital, and a teacher guide that can be used together to investigate energy.

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Educational value
  • This teacher guide is highly valuable for the year 10 science due to its relevance to content descriptions in the Chemical sciences strand. Activities and question suggestions support teaching about elements, their structure and properties, and patterns in the Periodic Table. As well there is is material to support teaching about how chemistry is used to produce useful substances such as fuels, metals and plastics.
  • This resource is also valuble for content descriptions in years 8 and 9 chemical science. For year 9, there are activities and material to support teaching about chemical equations including how to write balanced equations; and for teaching about reaction rates and catalysts. For year 8, it is particularly valuable for teaching about the location of elements on the Periodic table; and for demonstrating and assessing the learning about symbols and formulas used to represent elements and compounds.
  • This is a valuable resource due to its relevance to several content descriptions within the Scientific inquiry and skills strand for years 9 and 10. This resource contains detailed instructions for desigining activities and inquiry tasks relevant to a variety of chemistry topics. It covers all vital components of a good scientific investigation including planning and conducting simple experiments, using scientific equipment including safey equipment, recording and evaluating results, and report writing. There are activity sheet tasks for assessing student inquiry skills particularly evaluation and communication skills.
  • This resource is valuable for Science as a human endeavour in years 9 and 10. In Nature and development of science, it supports teaching about the development of scientific understanding over time particularly the development of the modern Periodic Table and materials such as paint. It is valuable in Use and influence of science for teaching about the role of science and technology in solving issues. The sections on metals, fuels and plastics contain materials for teaching about current and future technologies and applications; and the section called Scientific investigative journalism is about assessing claims made in the media.
  • This resource has value for the literacy, numeracy, and critical and creative thinking general capabilities. The teaching of literacy is supported through the scientific language used to describe specific concepts and ideas, including the style and format of scientific reports. Numeracy skills are supported through inquiry tasks with many opportunities for teachers to demonstrate and instruct the collection and representation of data. This resource also supports the critical and creative thinking capability and includes materials to support teaching about predicting, evaluating and explaining investigation results.
Year level

8; 9; 10

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