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Welcome to my shop!! I have taught in an inner London school for 6 years and been Head of Department for the last 3. I not only produce science specific resources but also cross-curricular projects and science literacy resources. I hope you find something useful and your students enjoy the activities!

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Welcome to my shop!! I have taught in an inner London school for 6 years and been Head of Department for the last 3. I not only produce science specific resources but also cross-curricular projects and science literacy resources. I hope you find something useful and your students enjoy the activities!
Literacy in Science - The use of morphemes to learn scientific vocabulary
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Literacy in Science - The use of morphemes to learn scientific vocabulary

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The activity is aimed at GCSE and A level students but could be used to extend KS3 students with high reading ages. High level science involves learning an additional language as well as understanding the concepts and a lot of the words are very similar due to the root of their formation. This activity helps students to understand where the words come from so when they come across new terms, they may be able to use this knowledge to understand part or all of the term. It is a technique used in university study to help students, in particular medics to help them remember all the new terminology Provide each student with a hard copy of the morpheme table or display it on your WB. Students use the table to try and determine the meaning of the scientific words Go through the words in turn and students can mark their work/peer assess ensuring that they write the correct definition in their table if they were unable to work it out. I have included answers - they are not necessarily formal definitions as I wanted to try and keep the link to the morphemes.
Literacy in science activities KS3/GCSE
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Literacy in science activities KS3/GCSE

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A selection of activities to support students literacy and increase their engagement in science. To be used in class, as homework or during tutor time for enrichment. the resources will help build a better understanding of science in the media and how the language of science was developed. This will support learners throughout their science career beyond A level
Magazine article on contraceptives (Activity 4.5.3.4)
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Magazine article on contraceptives (Activity 4.5.3.4)

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A stand alone literacy activity to help students evaluate the use of contraceptives. It is a template for their article but they must use their knowledge and other sources of information to research the content LO: (WS1.4) - Explain everyday and technological applications of science; evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and make decisions based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments. Activity 4.5.3.4 accompanies the skeleton PP, Homeostasis and Response Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 5) - also available from TES
Inheritance, variation and evolution powerpoint and worksheet
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Inheritance, variation and evolution powerpoint and worksheet

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A PP covering the AQA specification for Biology module 4.6.1 of the new AQA combined science Trilogy specification. The resource is designed to help reduce your planning time by providing you with the main specification points for each topic so you can focus on making lessons creative and engaging. Each sub-topic includes a few quick multiple choice questions (MCQ) to assess students learning (AFL) I print the worksheets out 6 to a page to save on paper and challenge the students to finish one before coming to get the next and set a timer. Each problem only takes a couple of minutes and the students can challenge themselves to complete as many as they can in the given time. Alternatively they can be displayed and students can work through them independently or on the board as a class. The problems get more complex as they go on and ensure students use the key terms and definitions they should have learned from the Power Point. Topics covered: Sexual and asexual reproduction Meiosis DNA and the genome Genetic inheritance Inherited diseases Sex determination Genetic crosses and Punnett squares
Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween SCIENCE based activities
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Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween SCIENCE based activities

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We all love celebrating Halloween but we don't often know why Halloween is celebrated. These resources cover some of he historical aspects of Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The activities are linked to areas of various science curricula but is on the whole a cross-curricular resource for use around October 31st/November 1st. Suitable for all ages as you can select appropriate activities for your age group The topics covered include: The history of the Day of the Dead, Halloween and All Saints Day Ofrenda and the classical elements, earth, wind, fire and water Marigolds and their significance (plant dissection) The monarch butterfly and its significance (life cycle of a butterfly) The cyclical nature of agriculture (intensive farming, organic farming, hydroponics etc.) Each resource has multiple activities including basic discussion tasks and more detailed research based tasks. Where possible I have added ideas for alternative ways to carry out the activity in-case you wish to use it as a tutor time activity or whole lesson plan I hope this to be a multi-national resource as we all celebrate in different ways and our beliefs and traditions are all influenced by different historical events.
Variation and Evolution Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 4.6.2)
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Variation and Evolution Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 4.6.2)

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A PP covering the AQA specification for Biology module 4.6.2 of the new AQA combined science Trilogy specification. The resource is designed to help reduce your planning time by providing you with the main specification points for each topic so you can focus on making lessons creative and engaging. Each sub-topic includes a few quick multiple choice questions (MCQ) to assess students learning (AFL) Topics covered: Variation Evolution Selective breeding Genetic engineering I hope to have covered the entire year 11 course for the new specification (biology, Chemistry and Physics) by summer 2017 so please keep checking for more resources. I will also be making assessments to go alongside the resources ready for September
Adapt and survive treasure hunt starter
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Adapt and survive treasure hunt starter

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Suitable for KS2/KS3 and KS4 Biology/Science Activity; -Print out the words and cut them out separately. -Hide them around the classroom/outside space -Students have to come in and try and find one of each word (4 in total) - they must leave any duplicates where they are for other students to find There are not enough of each word for every student so only some students will ‘survive’ Depending on how the students find the words you could discuss competition/survival of the fittest/Adaptation/could they survive with the resources they have? It is great fun and really gets the energy up for the start of the lesson plus the students will learn about 4 things living organisms require to survive
Homeostasis and response - anagram codeword
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Homeostasis and response - anagram codeword

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A puzzle starter/ plenary for homeostasis and response - Unscramble the anagrams and write the key term in the boxes. Copy the letters in the numbered boxes into the boxes below with the same number. Homeostasis and response Problem solving Scientific literacy
Making sherbet, kitchen chemistry - fun activity with scientific explanation for reaction
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Making sherbet, kitchen chemistry - fun activity with scientific explanation for reaction

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A method for making sherbet in the classroom There is opportunity for design and creativity to design packaging and a name for their sherbet which could be used as a cross curricular opportunity with the DT/Art department or as part of your schools STEM development. I have included a small section of food hygiene but please ensure all equipment is clean (I borrow equipment from the food tech department) A bit of fun but also a link to Chemistry in real life and encourages students to think about the reactions happening around them. Can be used for all ages
Germs and food hygiene - microorganisms, pathogens, contamination, debates and much more
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Germs and food hygiene - microorganisms, pathogens, contamination, debates and much more

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At least a double lesson worth of content and activities to discuss food hygiene. It can be used in various subjects: SCIENCE (Biology) to link to microorganisms, pathogens and disease (including Semmelweis) FOOD TECH to discuss the importance of handling food correctly and avoiding contamination TUTOR TIME/PSHE to discuss cleanliness Most activities are quick and require minimal preparation (details of milk practical are included in word file) The debate can be spread over to another lesson allowing you to set preparation for homework Extension activities are mentioned in notes sections as are links to further information about topics should you wish to cover a topic in more detail
Homeostasis and Response -  Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 5)
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Homeostasis and Response - Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 5)

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A PP and accompanying activities covering the AQA specification for Biology module 5 of the new AQA combined science Trilogy specification. The resource is designed to help reduce your planning time by providing you with the main specification points for each topic so you can focus on making lessons creative and engaging. Each sub-topic includes a few quick multiple choice questions (MCQ) to assess students learning (AFL) I have included a selection of activities to support learning Topics covered: Homeostasis Human Nervous system Human endocrine system Control of blood glucose Hormones in human reproduction Contraception The use of hormones to treat infertility (HT) Negative feedback (HT) Most activities are differentiated to support learners
Harry Potter Science Week plan, poster, schedule and resources
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Harry Potter Science Week plan, poster, schedule and resources

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Transform your Science department into Hogwarts for a week and have lessons full of wizarding fun and excitement whilst also extending students scientific understanding. Resources include: 1 - Poster - To advertise your week 2 - Vision and plan - An overview of how we organised our week with suggested activities and ways to involve all year groups 3 - Letter of acceptance - We gave one to each tutor group in preparation for the week and also printed loads out to come flying out of our homemade chimney (see photos) 4 - Schedule template - The schedule shows how we organised the weeks and also has the jobs for people to volunteer for in order to prepare resources and decorations for the week 5 - Instructions for elephants toothpaste (part of potions) 6 - Assignments - Print out double sided and hand out to students as part of a week long quiz, we put together certificates for students who completed each quiz and the aim was to complete all the quizzes by the end of the week and earn a certificate in each wizarding discipline (herbology, potions, transfiguration, charms and divination) - a good literacy activity to add tot he week 7 - Instructions for flame tests (part of potions) 8 - A selection of photos from our week for inspiration In addition our entire department dressed up as characters from the books for the whole week We had Harry Potter themed awards for budding scientists and for those who really stood out we organised a trip with the English department to The Harry Potter Experience to learn about the making of the films. All in all it is a great week and a lot of fun, plus everybody loves Harry Potter!
Location of human glands (Activity 4.5.3.1)
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Location of human glands (Activity 4.5.3.1)

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A stand alone activity to help students identify the position of each major gland in the human body (required as part of the AQA specification) LO: To identify the position of each major gland in the human body Activity 4.5.3.1 accompanies the skeleton PP, Homeostasis and Response Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 5) - also available from TES The activity is differentiated with 3 levels of difficulty and a solution is also provided for your reference
Nervous system pathway flow diagram (Activity 4.5.2)
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Nervous system pathway flow diagram (Activity 4.5.2)

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A stand alone activity to help students summarise their understanding of nervous control. Students are required to use key terms and apply their knowledge to a real life situation LO: To apply your knowledge of nervous control to a real life situation Activity 4.5.2 accompanies the skeleton PP, Homeostasis and Response Skeleton PP for AQA Combined Science (Biology topic 5) - also available from TES The activity is differentiated with 3 levels of difficulty and a solution is also provided for your reference
Practical skills booklet to develop scientific methodology
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Practical skills booklet to develop scientific methodology

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The skills on the front page are linked to Doddle skills (https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login) However please feel free to remove the codes to make them generic. I have aimed the booklet at year 9 however the activities are transferable across KS3 and KS4 The activities should support students through their science education and help them to get used to terminology they will need for the required practicals at GCSE and A level