Biology Topic-the Scientific Method

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NAME: ____________________________ DATE:____________________ Leaving Certificate Biology: Scientific Method

Leaving Certificate

Biology
Scientific Method
Please see Teachers’ Notes for explanations, additional activities, and tips and suggestions. Levels Students' English-language skills should be developed to Level B1 during funded Language Support. Mainstream subject learning will require the development of skills at Level B2 if students are to cope with public examinations. Language focus Learning focus Key vocabulary, word identification, sentence structure, extracting information from text, writing text, grammar. Using Biology textbooks and accessing curriculum content and learning activities.

Acknowledgement The English Language Support Programme gratefully acknowledges the permission of Gill and Macmillan to reproduce excerpts from Biology Now! by Tommy Murtagh. Contents of this Unit Keywords Vocabulary file Activating students’ knowledge Focus on vocabulary Focus on grammar (verbs/adverbs + prepositions) Focus on reading Focus on writing (writing a paragraph) Answer Key 12 10 11 Page 3 4,5 6 7,8 9

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NAME: ____________________________ DATE:____________________ Leaving Certificate Biology: Scientific Method

Using this unit
Language support and mainstream subject class
The sections Activating students’ knowledge, Focus on vocabulary, and Focus on grammar have been designed, in particular, for Language Support classes. Focus on reading and Focus on writing are suitable for use in either Language Support or subject classes.

Answer Key
Answers are provided at the end of the unit for all activities except those based on free writing.

Textbooks
This unit focuses on the section Scientific Method of the Leaving Certificate Biology curriculum. Students will need to use their textbooks if they are to gain the most benefit from the activities.

Learning Record
The Learning Record is intended to help students monitor their progress. This can be downloaded or printed from the website in the section Advising Students and Record of Learning for the Leaving Certificate. A copy of the Learning Record should be distributed to each student for each Unit studied. Students should: 1. Write the subject and topic on the record. 2. Tick off/date the different statements as they complete activities. 3. Keep the record in their files along with the work produced for this unit. 4. Use this material to support mainstream subject learning.

Symbols
Symbols are used throughout the unit to encourage students to develop their own learning and support materials.

prompts students to file the sheet when they have completed the activity. This is used for activities which can be used as a reference in the future e.g. for subject classroom, revision, homework etc.

prompts students to add vocabulary, definitions, or examples of vocabulary in use to their own personal glossary for the topic. A personal glossary makes study and revision more efficient.

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NAME: ____________________________ DATE:____________________ Leaving Certificate Biology: Scientific Method

Keywords
Activities experiment experimentation germination test comparison observation Theory hypothesis hypotheses theory / theories assumption Verbs to design to confirm to prove can Nouns biology study results scientists method organisms seeds outcome cells subject energy constant Adjectives scientific experimental mental varied variable control

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Vocabulary file for the topic...
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