Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum: Year 8 - Student Book + obook/assess (Print & Digital)
Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum - Year 8.
The exciting Oxford Big Ideas Science series will motivate and engage students. Its wide range of activities and sources will allow students to be successful in the science classroom and support independent study.
Oxford Big Ideas Science:
- organises learning around the big ideas of science and revisits these ideas with increasing complexity
- sorts content into meaningful inquiry-based big questions and establishes learning priorities
- focuses on developing scientific and inquiry skills
- is a truly integrated approach to Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour
- includes a brand new Discovering Ideas inquiry task at the start of every unit
- uses the six Overarching Ideas from the Australian Curriculum: Science to connect content across the disciplines
- seamlessly covers the big ideas, overarching ideas, general capabilities, cross-curricula priorities and three strands from the Australian Curriculum: Science
- engages students with topical stimulus material, stunning imagery and step-by-step instructional skills photography
- is supported by a workbook, obook and teacher kit to offer the complete teaching package at each year level
- offers innovative digital resources, including an interactive obook with Oxford’s new Virtual Laboratory that brings science experiments to life
Research shows that students can have greater success in their studies when the information they learn is connected to key concepts. The Australian Curriculum: Science has identified nine key science concepts or big ideas that are developed through the curriculum content. It is expected that by the end of Year 10, all students will have an understanding of these big ideas. Each chapter in the Oxford Big Ideas Science series is engineered to build understanding of these big ideas. The big ideas of science are:
- Biological sciences: Diversity and evolution; interdependence; structure and function.
- Chemical sciences: Properties and structure; interaction and change.
- Earth and space sciences: Systems in space; dynamic earth.
- Physical sciences: Forces and motion; energy and its transformations.
The obook is a cloud-based web-book available anywhere, anytime, on any device, navigated by topic or by ‘page view’. Assess is an indispensable online assessment tool, explicitly mapped to the Australian Curriculum that drives student progress through tailored instruction. As well as containing the student text and study tools, this obook offers a Virtual Laboratory containing specially-commissioned Australian-made lab experiment videos, drag & drops and other interactives. Using an obook, students can:
- access it anywhere, anytime (home, library, school, etc), on any platform (PC/Mac/iPad)
- see much more than the print book content—added wealth of interactive & rich content including interactive modules, videos, audio, and relevant websites
- navigate and search easily
- scale to suit any screen size, or increase/decrease font size
- type, save and send answers to questions and note-taking
- have personalised access using unique registration codes which makes the obook a perfect study tool right throughout the school year
Click on the button below to view sample pages.
1 Life under a microscope
BIG IDEA: Structure and function
- 1.1 How do we know about cells?
- 1.2 What do we know about cells?
- 1.3 How do cells work together?
2 Functioning organisms
BIG IDEA: Structure and function
- 2.1 How have we learnt about the human body?
- 2.2 What are some of my major systems?
- 2.3 How are new organisms made?
3 Making things happen
BIG IDEA: Energy
- 3.1 How do we experience energy?
- 3.2 How does energy change from one type to another?
- 3.3 What is an engineer?
4 The nature of matter
BIG IDEA: Properties and structure
- 4.1 What are the states of matter?
- 4.2 How can we explain the properties of matter?
- 4.3 What is special about elements and atoms?
5 Making new substances
BIG IDEA: Interaction and change
- 5.1 What is chemistry?
- 5.2 How can you identify a chemical reaction?
- 5.3 How do we use chemical reactions?
6 The changing Earth
BIG IDEA: Dynamic Earth
- 6.1 What are the properties of rocks and minerals?
- 6.2 How do rocks form?
- 6.3 What can we learn from studying rocks?
About the Authors
Sally Cash is a former secondary Science and Maths teacher in Australia and abroad, and has also worked at the Melbourne Museum and has written numerous science textbooks. Sally is an author on the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.
Geoff Quinton was one of the team of writers for the Australian Curriculum Science and in 2010 was Senior Project Officer for Science at ACARA, overseeing the final revisions of the F-10 Curriculum. Geoff has taught science in England and Australia for 22 years, including as a head of learning area. He has produced digital learning materials for senior secondary chemistry courses, and has been an examiner for TEE and WACE examinations. He is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of WA and has been an ASTA councilor. He currently coordinates work between the sectors of education in WA supporting Australian Curriculum implementation. Geoff is an author and series consultant of the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.
Craig Tilley has taught general Science and senior Physics at Shore School, NSW and at Melbourne Grammar, Mentone Grammar and Mentone Girls Grammar Schools in VIC. He has been a VCAA exam marker for many years and has authored numerous Science and Physics textbooks.
Emma Craven is the current Head of Science at the Australian International School in Vietnam. Emma studied Education and Science at Deakin and Monash Universities and has worked previously in State Government, primarily in Policy at the Department of Education in Victoria. Emma also designed and managed a small not-for-profit school for at-risk youth in Victoria for two years prior to moving to Vietnam.
Ali Riza is a Science and Physics teacher with almost 20 years experience in the classroom. He has worked closely with the NSW Board of Studies as a marker of HSC Physics exams and has written numerous practice HSC exams for private organisations. He is currently working in an eastern suburban privates school in Sydney and has always been interested in Science, Physics, The Universe, Philosophy, Mathematics and the meaning of life.
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Product Type||Student Books,|
|Year Level||Year 8,|
|Author(s)||Sally Cash, Geoff Quinton, Craig Tilley, Emma Craven& Ali Riza.|
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