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Building Science Concepts: Titles and concept overviews

All New Zealand primary schools were sent copies of the Building Science Concepts series from 2001–2004. To obtain extra copies or enquire about titles go to Down the Back of the Chair: Ministry of Education Resource Catalogue .

Sort the list below in order of book title, book number, contextual strand, and curriculum level to view details about the book and the PDF of the relevant concept overview.

64 books.

Book Title Lvl CS
13 Aluminium: Extracting and Using the Metal 3-4 Material world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
4 Animal Life Histories: Reproduction, Growth, and Change 1-4 Living world icon.
59 Bikes: Levers, Friction, and Motion 3-4 Physical world icon.
3 Birds: Structure, Function, and Adaptation 1-4 Living world icon.
56 Bread: The Chemistry of Breadmaking 2-4 Material world icon.
64 Candles: Investigating Combustion 3-4 Material world icon.
40 Earthquakes: Feeling the Earth Move 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
57 Eggs: Mixing, Beating, Crushing, and Heating 1-2 Material world icon.
18 Exploring Sound: Using Sound-makers and Musical Instruments 1-2 Physical world icon.
27 Exploring Space: Discovering Our Place in the Universe 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
48 Fabrics: Origins, Properties, and Uses 1-4 Material world icon.
17 Flight: Control in the Air 1-4 Living world icon. Physical world icon.
37 Floating and Sinking: How Objects Behave in Water 1-2 Physical world icon.
25 Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds: Plants and Their Reproductive Parts 1-2 Living world icon.
41 Fossils: Digging up the Past 2-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
23 Fresh Food: How Food Keeps and Loses Its Freshness 1-2 Living world icon.
5 Fur, Feathers, and Bark: Animal and Plant Coverings 1-4 Living world icon.
63 Growing Plants Indoors: What an Indoor Plant Needs 1-2 Living world icon.
36 Heat on the Move: Transferring Heat Energy through Temperature Difference 3-4 Physical world icon.
58 Ice: Melting and Freezing 1-2 Material world icon. Physical world icon.
47 Insulation: Keeping Heat Energy In 3-4 Material world icon. Physical world icon.
32 Introducing Metals: The Properties and Uses of Common Metals 1-2 Material world icon.
49 Invisible Forces: Magnetism and Static Electricity 3-4 Physical world icon.
35 Is This a Plant?: Introducing the Plant Kingdom 1-2 Living world icon.
39 Is This an Animal?: Introducing the Animal Kingdom 1-4 Living world icon.
46 Keeping Warm: Getting Heat Energy and Keeping It 1-2 Material world icon. Physical world icon.
21 Life between the Tides: Sandy Shores, Mudflats, and Rocky Shores 1-2 Living world icon.
10 Light and Colour: Our Vision of the World 1-2 Physical world icon.
26 Making New Plants: How Flowering Plants Reproduce 3-4 Living world icon.
14 Making Porridge: Conducting Heat and Cooking Food 1-2 Physical world icon.
55 Mammals: Investigating a Group of Animals 3-4 Living world icon.
42 Marbles: Exploring Motion and Forces 3-4 Physical world icon.
53 Moulds Are Fungi: Structure, Function, and Interrelationships 3-4 Living world icon. Material world icon.
20 Our Star, the Sun: Life and Time in a Solar System 1-2 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
34 Parachutes: Floating and Falling in Air 3-4 Physical world icon.
24 Preserving Food: Processes in Food Storage 3-4 Material world icon.
19 Properties of Sound: How Sound-makers and Musical Instruments Work 3-4 Physical world icon.
61 Recycling: New Uses for Rubbish 3-4 Material world icon.
60 Rubbish: How Do We Deal with It? 1-2 Material world icon.
16 Sand, Salt, and Jelly Crystals: Melting and Mixing Materials 1-2 Material world icon.
11 Seeing Colours: The Spectrum, the Eye, and the Brain 3-4 Physical world icon.
9 Shadows: Effects of the Absence of Light 1-2 Material world icon. Physical world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
45 Slugs and Snails: Investigating Small Animals 1-4 Living world icon.
6 Soil Animals: Diversity beneath Our Feet 3-4 Living world icon.
29 Solar Energy: Sun Power on Earth 2-4 Physical world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
62 Spiders Everywhere!: Silk-spinning Carnivores in Our World 3-4 Living world icon.
44 Spring Is a Season: How Living Things Respond to Seasonal Changes 3-4 Living world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
43 Spring: Observing Seasonal Changes 1-2 Living world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
51 Standing Up: Skeletons and Frameworks 1-2 Living world icon. Material world icon. Physical world icon.
50 Storms: Extreme Weather 3-4 Living world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
30 The Air around Us: Exploring the Substance we Live in 1-4 Material world icon. Physical world icon.
7 The Bush: Classifying Forest Plants 3-4 Living world icon.
52 The Land Changes: Keeping Earth's Systems in Balance to Sustain Life 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
8 The Moon: Orbits, Appearances, and Effects 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
28 The Night Sky: Patterns, Observations, and Traditions 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
22 Tidal Communities: Interdependence and the Effects of Change 3-4 Living world icon.
38 Understanding Buoyancy: Why Objects Float or Sink 3-4 Physical world icon.
12 Volcanoes: Hot Rock in a Cool World 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
31 Water and Weather: The Water Cycle and the Atmosphere 3-4 Material world icon. Physical world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
1 Waterways: How Rivers and Streams Work 2-3 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
2 Weathering and Erosion: The Shaping of Our Landscape 3-4 Planet Earth and beyond icon.
15 Where's the Water?: Water's Forms and Changes in Form 1-2 Material world icon. Physical world icon. Planet Earth and beyond icon.
54 Windmills and Waterwheels: Harnessing the Energy of Wind and Water 3-4 Physical world icon.
33 Working with Metals: The Origins and Applications of Common Metals 3-4 Material world icon.

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