Science Practical; No more boring when you have an awesome lab manual with you!!
Doing lab work of the same subject can benefit children a lot. For example, if in the class children were taught about “Density” and during the lab class an experiment was done on it. A child would never forget what he/she learnt. Doing something or studying visually, have scientifically proven to have greater impact on children and their learning process. A good teacher would have pre plan a lab session and ask children to perform experiments mindfully. On having done so, the critical thinking, creative thinking and reasoning of the children will automatically increase. A good lab manual with effective guidelines can be a icing on top. Children when doing lab work, individually, have different approach and level of understanding.
The main reason of having lab classes is to help students to gain an understanding of as much of the established body of scientific knowledge as is appropriate to their needs, interests and capacities and to develop students’ understanding of the methods by which this knowledge has been gained, and our grounds for confidence in it. It also develops certain qualities, to name a few:
- Skills – manipulative, inquiry, investigative, organizational, communicative.
- Concepts – for example, hypothesis, theoretical model, taxonomic category.
- Cognitive abilities – critical thinking, problem solving, application, analysis, synthesis.
- Understanding the nature of science – scientific enterprise, scientists and how they work, existence of a multiplicity of scientific methods, interrelationships between science and technology and among the various disciplines of science.
- Attitudes – for example, curiosity, interest, risk taking, objectivity, precision, confidence, perseverance, satisfaction, responsibility, consensus, collaboration, and liking science.
When an experiment, with good sources and resources, is given to a child, he/she looks deeper into it and tries to look at it from all the different angles. This observation of the mind and thinking process initiates curiosity to know more. Science lab are the most fun activities. Biology shows the natural sciences, chemistry introduces you to a chemical world, while physics fascinates you with physical properties.
The more the children get evolved in practical work, they will be able to understand the theory subjects much better. This will also expand their horizon of understanding other subjects. They will be able to better co relate. Some interested children may even go on to idolize famous scientist and inspire themselves to be like one of them. Studying and researching is best form of education. Science does that. Plus doing it practically will boost their confidence.
A good lab manual is a guiding light. It teaches as well as allows the child an independence of self study. The “Science Lab Manual” by Virtuous Publication for class 6 to 10, is a series of books created with that intention only. It touches all the major aspects of lab work and also has projects which will boost observing, thinking and analysis power in children. the book has been divided in to three sections- Biology, Physics and Chemistry. It has viva questions at the back and enough study material, on various interesting (old and new) stuff, on which experiments when done , would be both fun and learning.
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