Chemistry Matters Textbook GCE "O" Level 2nd Edition
Chemistry Matters is designed to promote learning with understanding while cultivating essential 21st century competencies. Students are engaged in their learning as they build foundational knowledge and develop critical higher-order thinking skills.
Learning concepts are engaging and easy with attractive infographics that simplify complex information to aid conceptual understanding. Marshall Cavendish's carefully designed activities enable experiential learning while authentic contexts show conceptual connections to real-life.
- Triggers Learning through Inquiry
- Attractive and stunning visuals in each chapter opener capture the interest and engage students, arousing their curiosity on the chapter
- A short write-up and Let's Explore questions lead students to think about the concepts, encouraging discussion and exploration
- Infographics break down complex concepts into easy-to-understand bite-sized pieces to help students grasp complex concepts easily
- Ample practice questions, including challenging and data-based questions, nurture higher-order thinking skills and agile minds that are able to apply concepts on novel situations
- Links between chapters and end-of-chapter concept maps highlight interconnected concepts
- Hands-on activities enable the experiential learning that strengthens conceptual understanding
- A diagnostic checklist for every chapter surfaces flaws in conceptual understanding and promotes self-directed learning by guiding students to the relevant sections for revision.
- Abstract concepts are made easier to visualize with diagrams and explanations
- Develops Global Awareness
- Each chapter ends off with an article showcasing interesting and current applications to concepts covered in the chapter. Students are encouraged to think critically with questions requiring the application of science concepts learnt as they discuss issues raised.
Components of Chemistry Matters:
The Textbookcan be used in a school or home setting for 9th-11th grade students. It can be read independently; although there are numerous questions given in the margin for discussion. Students should have a basic understanding of algebra and how to work with formulas and measurement units. The focus is on inorganic chemistry, but there are a few chapters on organic chemistry. There is a review at the end of each chapter, and though many of the problems can be answered without doing any of the experiments in the practical book some of them are better understood if the student has some laboratory experience.
The student textbooks include access to the ebooks at no additional cost.
Science Matters comes from Marshall Cavendish Education and is intended for the high school crowd. This series covers three branches of science: biology, chemistry, and physics. Like other products from this publisher, there are several different components.
The Teacher Planning Guide contains an overview of the curriculum and an outline of the resources and activities available. Lesson plans are offered for each chapter with a suggested number of periods for covering each one. Each lesson lists learning outcomes, prior expected knowledge, and concepts for those lessons. This is written for classroom use, so some adaptation might be necessary. Full solutions to the textbook questions are also included.
The softcover Textbook for each subject is in full color. Books are divided into themes or topics and then divided into 22 chapters (24 in chemistry). Each chapter begins with several questions and wraps up with real life application of the chapter content, key ideas, quiz questions and review questions. Along with textual information, the text includes instructions for hands-on investigations, example problems with detailed solutions and notes for where to insert workbook assignments and prompts to try to answer the opening questions.
The Workbook complements the textual information by providing worksheets that include multiple-choice, structured, and free-response questions. Questions are at different difficulty levels. The Workbook Teacher Edition includes the student pages with answers filled in.
The Practical Book is the lab manual for each course and contains all of the experiments to enhance the lessons of the program. Practicals (or experiments) are designed to help students develop good lab skills and scientific methodology. This book is designed for a school setting and uses some lab equipment that may not be readily available to homeschool families. It is even suggested that some of the labs be carried out only in a science laboratory setting. Homeschool families and smaller schools with limited budgets can still use this book but will need to adapt or omit some of the labs. The course is completely doable without using this book. The Practical Teacher Edition includes the same pages as the student Practical Book with answers filled in.
There are no test books specifically written for this series, so parents will need to choose alternative assessment options or use material from either the Perfect Guides or Structured Questions books. Perfect Guides were designed for students in Singapore taking the "O" level exams for these courses, so they function as a sort of a study guide. Perfect Guides contain study notes, learning objectives, common errors, glossaries, questions with solutions and explanations, and tests with both structured and multiple-choice questions. There are four review tests and two final exam trial tests (with answers in the back). Topics are the same as the corresponding textbook but the order varies a bit between the Perfect Guide and the text. Structured Questions are another source of assessment material, with fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer, and challenge questions for each text. Answers are provided at the back. Biology and Physics Structured questions guides correspond with the texts. Chemistry shows different chapter headings although the sequence of actual topics is the same.
If you like the science courses for younger grades from this publisher like My Pals Are Here or Interactive Science this could be a good choice for your high school students. The information is clearly written and easy to understand, and all measure is metric.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.
Each topic is followed by a test containing both multiple choice questions and structured questions. There are 4 review tests and 2 final trial exam tests.
The workbook offers questions that allow for logic and reasoning, as well as applying newfound knowledge. It can be challenging, which may be good for science-oriented students, or a bit of a struggle for those less-inclined towards the sciences. For instructors, I would highly recommend purchasing the teacher's manuals if your chemistry is a little rusty, to make sure you are able to guide your students. I would not necessarily skip the workbook, because it will allow you and your student to see what concepts he or she is struggling with.
The practical book could probably be skipped unless you have the proper lab equipment to make use of the experiments. However, some tools can be improvised in a home setting, as long as you know what you're doing and follow all safety procedures. I wouldn't suggest feeling your way through it. I find that the practical book is a helpful resource. It can lead you to find recorded videos online, many of which are performed by licensed teachers. While that may not give your child hands-on lab experience and credits, it will allow a deeper understanding of the subject being learned. We happen to have past versions of Apologia, and plenty of lab equipment to utilize, leftover from a sibling, so we can make use of a portion of the practical book. If you have no equipment at the moment, you will need to purchase some if you hope to do any of the experiments.
Overall, we feel that Chemistry Matters is a good fit for our son. If he continues to do well and wishes to move on to advanced chemistry, this will give him a good foundation.
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