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The Carbon Cycle - Extracting info from a text

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Keywords: Carbon cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, decomposition, combustion. An activity sheet and guidance sheet (with answers highlighted) in which students extract information from a text and then use this to identify the processes in the carbon cycle and ultimately construct a diagram from these. These can then be compared to one published in a textbook to allow students to make corrections. This works exceptionally well as a peer assessed activity.
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C4 Electron structure & ionic bonding revision

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Keywords: structure, bonding, electron, energy levels, shells, orbitals, rings, periodic table, patterns. Notes: This is a revision summary sheet that has questions about structure and bonding relating to electron arrangements and ion formation. Please note that this resource was originally designed for unit C4 of OCR 21st Century Science, but is applicable to other specifications. An answer sheet has now been addedl.
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Sound waves on an oscilloscope - with sound!

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This activity is great to support the use of an oscilloscope to show waveforms for different situations. It helps students compare the features of sound waves on an oscilloscope. The sound links can be clicked on and listened to in order to reinforce the sounds etc. Right click the link to download the powerpoint show. Keywords: sound, wave, oscilloscope, wavelength, frequency, pitch, loudness, amplitude
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Food chains and energy transfer - questions

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Notes: This is a worksheet based activity that includes some higher order thinking to explore the ideas around energy transfer in simple food chains. Two versions are included, one with GCSE grades, the other without. (please note that grade indications are only approximate). Why not try getting learners to choose a selection of questions to answer (e.g. do Q1-4 or Q3-8) An answer sheet is included. This resource was designed for OCR 21st Century Science unit B3. Keywords: energy, transfer, food chain, efficiency
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Workload Reduction - GREAT lesson planning

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This is a lesson template and guidance document and is designed as a workload reduction tool for whole school use. Many different subject areas and different phases have different requirements of lesson and lesson sequence planning. Across all subjects there are some common areas that are features of effective teaching, regardless of the subject. These are the features included in GREAT lesson planning. This could be used as a short-term (lesson plan) or medium-term plan (scheme of learning that covers a sequence of lessons) depending upon the subject or context.
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SOLO Taxonomy random name selector

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This guide explains how you can select students at ‘random’ to answer questions or complete tasks and also match abilities of learners to the tasks or questions. It is a really effective way of differentiating tasks and questions. It offers more flexible ways of selecting names than purely random name generators.
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Classification with Hoops

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This activity is aimed at supporting primary science (currently year 4 and year 6 in the primary science national curriculum). In this activity, children are encouraged to look at strategies for classification using physical objects that are accessible to most primary science teachers.
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Survival with Sweets

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This activity is aimed at supporting Primary Science (particularly those in year 6 in the English National Curriculum). The purpose of the activity is to help children understand the idea of ‘survival of the fittest’ using everyday objects that a primary teacher will be able to get hold of, including sweets. This can be played as a game by children or can also be used by a small group to demonstrate to a whole class.
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Food chains & energy transfer (updated)

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This is an editable worksheet based activity that includes some higher order thinking to explore the ideas around energy transfer in simple food chains. Two versions are included, one with revised GCSE (1-9) grades, the other without. (please note that grade indications are only approximate). Why not try getting learners to choose a selection of questions to answer (e.g. do Q1-4 or Q3-8) An answer sheet is included. This resource was originally designed for OCR 21st Century Science unit B3, but still applies across a range of exam specifications. Please note, a non-editable version of this is available for free. Keywords: energy, transfer, food chain, efficiency
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What killed the Mammoths (editable)

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This is a collection of resources that would work well as a lesson. A lesson outline is provided showing how the resources might be used together. There is an email designed to set the scene and for use as as a ‘hook’. There are also sheets for learners to summarise their learning (tweet). You may want to supplement the resources with pictures of a woolly mammoth (link only due to copyright restrctions) and video ‘footage’ e.g from Ice Age movie. This was designed as lesson for a KS3 nurture group although would be suitable for KS2 or other KS3 groups with adaptation. Please note that this is an editable version. A free, non-editable version is also available.
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Greenhouse Effect & Solar System (editable)

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This activity follows on well from the Greenhouse effect starter. Based on interpreting data about planets in the solar system, it leads learners to the conclusion that Venus is hotter than it should be due to CO2. There are two levels of activity, the more demanding one explores the role of photons in heating planets. This activity was originally designed for 21st Century Science unit P2. Please note that this is a non-editable resource. A premium editable version is also available. Key words: greenhouse effect, atmosphere, CO2, carbon dioxide, global warming
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Thinking About - Coke & Mentos

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This activity is part of the ‘Thinking About’ Series. The sequence aims to think through the investigative process using a very engaging activity. It involves learners thinking through the control and measurement of variables. It can be used to produce and analyse graphs and think through challenging explanations. There are also some surprising events for further challenge if different soft drinks are used. In this activity there is a PowerPoint, an activity guide and making and launching guides (which it is recommended that you laminate!)
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Thinking About Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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This activity is a context led approach to look at changes over time, in particular how temperature changes as time goes by. Children find it much more interesting that watching the change in temperature as water cools. The activity centres around finding that learners will find surprising helping them make progress as a results. There is an engaging start to the activity through a very familiar story.
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Engaging model of ionic and covalent bonding

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Keywords: bonding, model, electrons, ionic, covalent. Notes: This engaging activity makes use of very affordable and easily available ball pool balls to support whole class teaching and group work. It models what happens to the electrons during ionic and covalent bonding. Please note that this was originally published a number of years ago as part of the North Yorkshire Success for All project of which I was part and had the pleasure of working with an excellent team of teachers on resource development. Right click the web links to download the powerpoint shows.
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Thinking About - Do unbalanced forces cause movement?

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This activity is designed to probe preconceptions about the idea that forces cause movement. Children will often think, based on their prior experience of stationary objects that introducing an unbalanced force will make something move in the direct of the force. This activity gives first hand experience of a situation that involves unbalanced forces on a moving object and helps challenge this preconception.
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Thinking About - The 3% fat challenge

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This activity is part of the ‘Thinking About’ series. It is designed to provide deep challenge to pupils in terms of their understanding of percentages. It sets a problem in a work-based context and asks them to explain how they solve the problem. There is also the opportunity to manipulate familiar objects as part of solving the problem. It is accessible in that pupils can attempt a solution to the problem, yet also challenging as the solution to the problem is not as straightforward as it seems for most pupils. Many pupils will find percentages challenging and this activity is designed for those who you feel have mastered the idea that percentages involve a fraction out of 100.
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Everyday levers

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In this activity pupils can look at the images of levers and think about where the find them and what they do. Either images or real objects (or a combination) can be used with the two sheets, which are differentiated in terms of the number of expected responses and the questions used. Please note that clock (a 'distance multiplier&') is different to the other levers shown (&';force multipliers') and spotting the odd one out and providing a reason gives an extension for more able pupils. Please ensure that you have carried out a full risk assessment before carrying out any practical activity.
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Greenhouse Effect & Solar System - data handling

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This activity follows on well from the Greenhouse effect starter. Based on interpreting data about planets in the solar system, it leads learners to the conclusion that Venus is hotter than it should be due to CO2. There are two levels of activity, the more demanding one explores the role of photons in heating planets. This activity was originally designed for 21st Century Science unit P2. Please note that this is a non-editable resource. A premium editable version is also available. Key words: greenhouse effect, atmosphere, CO2, carbon dioxide, global warming
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Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum summary grid

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This worksheet is useful for student to summarise information about the EM Spectrum, It can be used as an information gathering tool or to sum up key points about the spectrum. It could also be used for independent learning in school. It goes well with the activity EM Spectrum sort cards. There are three slightly different sheets that increase in demand from (1) to (3).
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Electron arrangements for ions

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Keywords: ionic, ions, electron, shell, energy level, orbitals, rings, periodic table. This resource contains an animated powerpoint show and two sheets. These can be used as a revision tool or as an independent learning resource to help students explore and spot patterns in ion formation in the periodic table. Please note that there is a similar resource showing the electron arrangement for the first 20 elements Right click the web links to download the powerpoint shows.
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Power station sort cards - sequencing

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This resource is to help learners either learn or revise the sequence of events in generating electricity for consumers. The statements on the card are partial statements about what happens during this sequence. Learners could try sorting these as a prediction of the sequence. This allows for discussion & cognitive conflict. Students could justify their reasoning, complete the statements and/or sequence by indicating what is being referred to at each stage, compare similarities é differences é highlight differences in other power stations e.g. nuclear. Jumbled é non-jumbled versions included.