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Encounter Edu (formerly Digital Explorer) is where learning meets the world with a host of free STEM and global learning resources across the curriculum.
Biomes & Ecosystems #GoogleExpeditions
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Biomes & Ecosystems #GoogleExpeditions

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills understanding of biomes and ecosystems. This introductory lesson introduces students to the main biomes around the planet, their features and locations. Further in-depth lessons on the different biomes are listed below. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below (links go to Google Docs versions of the lessons). Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems https://goo.gl/0eMtoz Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Tundra and Taiga https://goo.gl/L6cpjH Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest and Temperate Forests https://goo.gl/wGM97d Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Savannah and Desert https://goo.gl/sBrZzi
The Media: Representations and Stereotypes
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The Media: Representations and Stereotypes

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The Media is aimed at years 9-11, it examines how the media influences stereotyping and portrayal of ‘extremist’ countries. The lessons cover an introduction to the media, layout, fact and opinion as well as different writing techniques. These resources are based on the first-hand experiences of young people who participated in two expeditions in 2010, Journey to the UK and Journey to Pakistan. The young teams worked with artists, politicians, social entrepreneurs and other young people to build up a portrait of these countries beyond media stereotypes, through blogs, films and photos. Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources.
Explore the Coral Oceans: KS2 Science - Unit of Work
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Explore the Coral Oceans: KS2 Science - Unit of Work

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These resources for ages 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. These resources present a complete scheme of work for the science classroom, covering core science and sustainability curriculum areas as well as enhancing students’ creative and communications skills. Science curriculum topics include: - habitats and how they provide the basic needs of plants and animals - identification, classification and the use of keys - life cycles, anatomy and sexual reproduction - how animals obtain their food using the idea of food chains - how animals and plants are adapted to their environment - human impact on the environment This project-based learning resource incorporates stunning multimedia resources and is based on recent expeditions to enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it.
Plastic in oceans: what is the great pacific garbage patch?
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Plastic in oceans: what is the great pacific garbage patch?

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Plastics in oceans is a growing problem. This Key stage 3 (KS3) lesson introduces students to the topic of marine plastics. First, they visit the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and find out what is happening in the middle of the ocean. Then, students will develop their knowledge of ocean currents and how they can concentrate plastic waste. Last, students will investigate how rubbish reaches the middle of the ocean. This is a single lesson from Ocean Plastic Geography unit. Ocean Plastics Geography is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource. The lessons addresses the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution. Get the whole unit’s resources here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/ocean-plastics
Science: Sustainable Fisheries
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Science: Sustainable Fisheries

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. This body of work is best suited for ages 11-4 and 14-16 years/ KS3/4. This is an enquiry-based scheme of work investigating the seas around the UK and EU. The lesson plans and activities cover why fish stocks are decreasing, the issues and impacts associated with overfishing, and marine ecosystems and sustainability. The activities examine different stakeholder views and use current data from the UN FAO, MMO and the new economics foundation.
Sustainable Fisheries: Ages 8-11/ KS2
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Sustainable Fisheries: Ages 8-11/ KS2

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. The Sustainable Fisheries resources have been developed in partnership with nef (new economics foundation) and their work on fishing and fisheries policy. A scheme of work for Science or Geography, with lesson plans and activities. It covers fish as a food source, marine food webs and changes to them, commercial fishing methods and an introduction to sustainability. The activities are focused on the seas around the UK and EU. Includes the lesson booklet and all accompanying slideshows, images and activities
Plastic recycling KS2 D&T
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Plastic recycling KS2 D&T

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. Plastic pollution is one of the major issues affecting the ocean. Students will begin by learning about the impact of litter on marine life. They will then explore the 3 Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse) and how they can be applied to the issue of marine plastic pollution. Students will then be guided to reuse common plastic waste to make a new useful object such as a bird-feeder or snack box. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 9: The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Activity Overview: Reusing plastic bottles Student Sheet 9a: Reusing plastic bottles preparation Student Sheet 9b: Reusing plastic bottles guidance Student Sheet 9c: Reusing plastic bottles review It forms Lesson 9 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Climate KS2 Geography
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Climate KS2 Geography

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. Students will learn about the link between latitude and climate, applying key terms such as equator and climate zones. They will also look at the influence of the ocean on climate and why the UK is warmer than it ‘should be’. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 7 The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Dr Penny Holliday Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 7a World city cards Student Sheet 7b World climate zones Student Sheet 7c Explaining the UK climate Student Sheet 7d The ocean and climate Subject Update Ocean circulation and climate (background for teachers explaining impact of the ocean on climate) It forms Lesson 7 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work
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Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. Our Ocean Planet is a full unit of work covering all aspects of the ocean across Key Stage 2. Each lesson is written with an ocean expert - scientist, advocate or explorer (great for STEM careers). Together they form a learning voyage around the world, discovering more about out ocean planet through core aspects of the science and geography programmes of study as well as developing numeracy and literacy skills. The unit works in two parts. First, students will explore the UK seas learning about the names and locations of marine places, marine habitats and the diversity of marine life, as well as the contribution of the sea to the UK economy. Students then go on a global ocean voyage to each of the main oceans, learning about diverse marine topics from the water cycle in the Arctic to evolution in the Southern Ocean and classification on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. A full list of topics is below and the downloads include the unit booklet with lesson plans, student sheets, practical guidance and subject updates. Slideshows for each lesson are separate downloads. Mission 1: UK seas with Paul Rose Mission 2: UK marine habitats with Dr Helen Findlay Mission 3: UK marine life with Dr Ceri Lewis Mission 4: Using our seas with Emily Penn Mission 5: Our ocean voyage with Prof Alex Rogers Mission 6: The Arctic Ocean and water cycle with Dr Mark Brandon Mission 7: The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Dr Penny Holliday Mission 8: The Indian Ocean and classification with Anjani Ganase Mission 9: The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Mission 10: The Southern Ocean and penguin adaptation with Dr Lucy Quinn Mission 11: The Southern Ocean and penguin evolution with Dr Lucy Quinn Mission 12: Captain’s log
Ocean Plastics Geography KS3 Unit
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Ocean Plastics Geography KS3 Unit

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Ocean Plastics Geography is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource developed in partnership between the Geographical Association and Encounter Edu. The lessons address the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution. https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/ocean-plastics If you liked this resource, please rate and review below. This will help to promote oceans education in schools worldwide.
UK surrounding seas KS2 Geography
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UK surrounding seas KS2 Geography

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This is an introductory lesson to the UK’s surrounding seas. Students will be able to name and locate the UK’s seas, major marine landmarks and places, and there are opportunities for developing map skills. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 1 The UK Seas with Paul Rose Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 1a UK places and seas (different age ranges available) Student Sheet 1b UK marine landmarks (different age ranges available) Student Sheet 1c Postcard template Student Sheet 1d Travel brochure template It forms Lesson 1 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
GCSE Science - Data handling
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GCSE Science - Data handling

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This lesson supports students to develop the ‘data handling’ component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. This lesson develops students’ skills in data handling and presentation. Having learnt about microplastics and zooplankton separately, the next two lessons sees students test the hypothesis that zooplankton eat microplastics. This full lesson includes: Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance Slideshow 5 Do zooplankton eat microplastics? Student Sheet 5a Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Practical) Student Sheet 5b Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Data analysis) Activity Overview 5 Do zooplankton eat microplastics ? Answer Sheet for Student Sheet 5b This is Lesson 5 of 7 in the Plankton, Plastics and Poo unit of work, which is based on current research being conducted at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The unit consists of enquiry-based lessons which support students to work scientifically by simulating the researchers’ investigations, and encourages students to the use their findings to have a wider impact. The resource uses innovative methods to bring cutting edge science to the classroom, including: - Using real field and laboratory data. - Practical investigations that replicate the work of the scientists. - Using social media to connect with the scientists. - The opportunity to connect with scientists through Skype in the classroom events. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
GCSE Science laboratory techniques video starter
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GCSE Science laboratory techniques video starter

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The science team explain how laboratory work can complement field sampling. Learn how these experiments allow for controlling variables (ie experimental constants) and how the scientists design their experiments using the idea of a fair test. This full lesson includes: Student Sheet Video 3 Student Sheet Video reflection This video lesson can be used as part of Lesson 5 of the Plankton, Plastics & Poo unit. There are also opportunities to use a flipped approach to learning, setting the video lesson as pre-work before the topic is taught or as home learning to provide reinforcement of factual knowledge or to encourage further reflection. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Balanced Forces: Submarines science KS1 KS2
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Balanced Forces: Submarines science KS1 KS2

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Submarine STEM 7-11 delivers a comprehensive scheme of work covering Materials, Forces and Living things and develops students’ ability to work scientifically. The unit is based on the exploratory submersible journeys undertaken as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea (between Bermuda and Canada) and off Canada’s east coast. Using our exclusive galleries, videos and online 360 VR technology students are fully immersed in the deep ocean. Students will understand the scale and depth of the ocean, explore and investigate the creatures which inhabit this inhospitable environment and consider how forces and materials are integral to submersible design. Throughout the unit students plan, carry out and evaluate scientific investigations, culminating in an exciting DT challenge.
Human impact Science GCSE: Coral Case Study
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Human impact Science GCSE: Coral Case Study

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This is the second lesson in a full unit (Biodiversity Science GCSE Coral Reefs) that uses the coral reef as a new context for applying concepts of biodiversity, human impacts and conservation. The ‘How can humans directly threaten coral reefs?’ lesson develops students’ knowledge and understanding of how humans present direct threats to biodiversity, focusing on the threats and effects on food webs on the reef. Students will focus on how the villagers of Com could be harming coral reefs by using them. Multimedia content and other information can be found at: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/coral-oceans-science-14-16
Our wonderful ocean KS3
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Our wonderful ocean KS3

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Our wonderful ocean KS3 is a resource for year 7, year 8, and year 9 students. This lesson introduces students to the marine habitat and encourages a discussion around what they already know about the ocean. Students use globes and maps to locate the different ocean basins. They then learn the names and key features of iconic marine species. Students then use information sheets to discover how humans use the ocean, presenting their findings in a fact-sheet. This is one of three lessons. The lessons introduce students to the breadth and depth of the ocean and the wonder of the creatures that inhabit it. The unit goes on to explore some of the many ways we depend on the ocean and asks students to write to the Secretary of State for the Environment expressing their concerns about ocean health. The unit then reviews what is meant by ocean plastics pollution and encourages students to critically appraise information from different media sources. Students then go on investigate possible career opportunities within this field. At the end of these three lessons students will be fully prepared to embark on the full Key Stage 3 unit - Ocean Plastics 11-14. Get the other lessons in this unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/oceans-for-beginners-11-14
Lung diseases #GoogleExpeditions Science KS3 KS4
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Lung diseases #GoogleExpeditions Science KS3 KS4

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops students’ understanding of human anatomy. This lesson continues the study of the respiratory system with a focus on diseases that affect the lungs. Students combine fact cards, online research and the Google Expedition imagery to deepen their knowledge of lungs and health. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 4 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below. Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Lung Structure https://goo.gl/JY0DyB Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Gas exchange in the alveoli https://goo.gl/c5f0xR Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Ventilation https://goo.gl/6Rnenz Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Disease https://goo.gl/eDJXTf
Our wonderful ocean KS2
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Our wonderful ocean KS2

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Our wonderful ocean KS2 is a resource for year 3, year, 4, year 5, and year 6 students. This lesson introduces the marine habitat and encourages a discussion around what students already know about the ocean. Students use globes and maps to discover that we live on a blue planet and to understand the scale and depth of the ocean. Students learn the names of the five oceans and are introduced to five iconic species from a variety of habitats. They then conduct their own research using fact-sheets, books and online resources to discover more about these species, presenting their findings in a poster. This is one of three lessons. The lessons introduce students to the awe and wonder of the ocean and its inhabitants building a love for marine wildlife and a desire to protect it. The unit goes on to explore some of the many ways we depend on the ocean, from food to livelihoods. Finally, this unit introduces students to what is meant by marine plastic pollution and encourages students to take a thoughtful and critical approach to the information they receive from the media. At the end of these three lessons students will be fully prepared to embark on the full Key Stage 2 unit Ocean Plastics 7-11. Get the other lessons in this unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/oceans-for-beginners-x-curric-7-11
Submarine Science KS3: Forces shape investigation
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Submarine Science KS3: Forces shape investigation

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This is the first in a six lesson unit, Submarine Science KS3. This lesson is based on forces through a practical investigation to discover a suitable shape that can dive and rise at a speed safe enough for the scientists inside the submarine. Students develop their understanding of forces, surface area, and fair testing. This lesson is from the Submarine STEM Science 11-14 unit. You can access the unit here: https://encounteredu.com/teacher-resources/submarine-stem-science-ages-11-14 This unit is based on the real life submersible exploration of the XL Caitlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea. It provides students the opportunity to apply science, engineering, and design principles. To experience the full impact of this scheme of work it can be taught in advance of our annual Submarine Live event. Live lessons can be booked for free here: https://encounteredu.com/live
Computing KS3: Obstacles and sensors
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Computing KS3: Obstacles and sensors

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Computing KS3: Obstacles and sensors, in this lesson students will learn about the challenges autonomous vehicles will face whilst navigating the real world. They will learn about the ultrasonic sensor on board the mBot and how to use it to avoid obstacles. Finally, they will think about how driving speed can influence a vehicle’s ability to react to obstacles. This is a single lesson fromt he Computing KS3 unit. Computing KS3 is a computing and robotics education programme based on driverless car technologies. Students will develop their ability to code as well as their design thinking as they tackle smart city challenges. Through a series of nine lessons, students will learn about aspects of making, programming and design thinking as they build and program their own robot cars. They will work in teams to tackle coding challenges based on the actual problems that engineers are faced with in designing autonomous vehicles. In a final design challenge, students will need to work on not only the technical aspects of driverless cars, but also how they can improve lives and create smarter and safer communities. All lesson resources are found here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/code-smart-11-14