Forensics - Crime Scene Processing and TechniquesQuick View

Forensics - Crime Scene Processing and Techniques

A set of 4 forensic powerpoints starting with Crime Scene Processing and Recovery of evidence, the powerpoints go on to detail the various chemical, physical and biological techniques available in forensics. Each powerpoint has activities throughout and hyperlinks to relevant instructional videos. They are written to follow Unit 32 of the BTEC Applied Science Level 3 curriculum but I have also used them for the Unit 13 of the BTEC Applied Science Level 2 and on a G&T CSI forensic fun day.
Science of Xmas Quiz II (The Revenge)Quick View

Science of Xmas Quiz II (The Revenge)

A follow up to my original end-of-term Xmas quiz. A 16 question multiple choice quiz on the science of Christmas: Round 1 - Father Christmas; Round 2 - The Three Kings; Round 3 - Santa's Helpers; Round 4 - The North Pole. Its a mildly educational quiz to do in the run up to Christmas. Use it by itself or combine it with Quiz 1 for a super-bumper Xmas Extravaganza.
The Electromagnetic SpectrumQuick View

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

An introduction to the EM spectrum going through each of the different types of waves with their frequencies, wavelengths, uses and dangers. There is a bit in there about ionising and non-ionising radiation too.
Introduction to The UniverseQuick View

Introduction to The Universe

A powerpoint to explain what the Big Bang is, highlight evidence for it (redshift and the Cosmic Microwave Background), and discusses the possible fate of the Universe. An explaination of redshift and the Doppler Effect is included as are links to relevant animations around the internet.
Famous Scientist TimelineQuick View

Famous Scientist Timeline

Pictures of famous scientists in chronological order running from the Ancient Greeks up to modern day 'TV' scientists. Each page has a picture and a description of what the scientist discovered. I have done my best to include scientists from a wide range backgrounds but unfortunately, there's no getting away from the fact that most historical scientists were white males. I also don't teach much biology so most of the scientists are chemists or physicists. Feel to comment back on scientists you think should be included and why and I'll try to update it.
Introduction to WavesQuick View

Introduction to Waves

A powerpoint to recap and build on KS4 waves and wave motion. Also briefly covers reflection, refraction and diffraction.
Science of Xmas QuizQuick View

Science of Xmas Quiz

A 16 question multiple choice quiz on the science of Christmas Round 1 - Father Christmas Round 2 - Reindeer Round 3 - Stars Round 4 - Snow Its a mildly educational quiz to do in the run up to Christmas.
The National Grid card sortQuick View

The National Grid card sort

A powerpoint to show the stages involved in distributing electricity covering The National Grid, power generation, transformers and mains electricity. Can be used as a presentation or as a card-sort exercise.
Clever Celebrities / Famous GeeksQuick View

Clever Celebrities / Famous Geeks

A display designed to raise pupil aspirations. Thought it would be useful to show pupils how celebrities have achieved in other fields. Contains: Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, Dara O'Briain, Brian May, Ashton Kutcher, Kate Beckinsale, Sophie Howard, Lisa Kudrow and others. Can be used as a classroom display or as a matching cardsort activity. If you know of any other worthy celebrities, please let me know.
Are we alone in the universe?Quick View

Are we alone in the universe?

A powerpoint that discusses the ways we have been searching for alien life: SETI, the Voyager probes, The Viking Landers, The Arecibo Message... For high ability classes, it goes on to discuss the Drake equation and gets pupils to give their own estimates on the numbers used. Links to videos and useful websites are scattered throughout.
Comets and MeteorsQuick View

Comets and Meteors

A powerpoint explaining the difference between a comet, an asteroid, a meteor and a meteorite. It discusses the composition of each with definitions and links to useful videos and websites. Also covers what happens in an asteroid collision... Written to follow the GCSE Astronomy curriculum.
Inspirational Science QuotesQuick View

Inspirational Science Quotes

Thought-provoking and inspirational science quotes with a picture of the person who said it. Can be used as a starter powerpoint set on loop or printed off as a display. Please let me know of any good quotes that I can include on subsequent versions :)
Forensic Science QuizQuick View

Forensic Science Quiz

I take absolutely no credit for producing this. One of my very keen Y12 pupils produced this in her spare time. I was impressed so told her I would upload it to TES so other teachers could use it. I have been using chunks of it as plenaries when teaching the Forensic units in BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3 Applied Science.
SPOT independent learner posterQuick View

SPOT independent learner poster

Despite giving pupils verbal instructions, a sheet detailing what they have to do AND writing it on the board, there's always someone who would rather be spoon-fed. Afterall, it's easier to ask the teacher instead of figuring it out yourself! This poster encourages pupils to become more independent learners by using the SPOT method - Self, Partner, Other, Teacher in that order. I used Pete And His Pimple from Oink comic that I used to read in the 80s :-)
The Life Cycle of a StarQuick View

The Life Cycle of a Star

There are loads of powerpoints about the life cycle of stars and stellar evolution but all are either missing stages and / or completely devoid of pretty pictures of stars, nebulae etc.\nThe first file is a straight forward powerpoint that explains the different stages.\nThe second is a card sort activity that can be printed off as a powerpoint handout, laminated and given to groups. You can remove stages depending on your syllabus and / or class ability.
Play Your Reactivity Cards RightQuick View

Play Your Reactivity Cards Right

A bit of fun with Brucie popping in and out - powerpoint of the game show but using metals from the reactivity series. Used as a warp up when studying Patterns of Reactivity. students have to guess whether the next element is going to be "higher!" or "lower!" on the reactivity series. If they get it wrong they are out...
Nuclear FusionQuick View

Nuclear Fusion

A powerpoint that talks through fusion reactions including the controversy surrounding cold fusion with quick questions, exam questions, links to videos around the web and various demos (you'll need some Lego and a microwave...)
The SunQuick View

The Sun

A powerpoint that follows the first 4 lessons of Edexcel Astronomy GCSE covering: the structure of the Sun; sunspots; solar cycles; and, the solar spectrum.\nI have also used this powerpoint when teaching Unit 44 Astronomy on the BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. Enclosed are worksheets to accompany the first 3 lessons.
Electromagnetic Machines (motors, generators and transformers)Quick View

Electromagnetic Machines (motors, generators and transformers)

A series of powerpoint lessons from the Advancing Physics A-level scheme of work. The powerpoints are designed to introduce and contextualise concepts surrounding electromagnetism including: a history of electricity; generators; motors; transformers; flux & flux linkage; emf; Faraday's Laws; Lenz's Law; eddies; permeance and permeability. They are crammed with useful links, silly animations and bad puns. I used them as the basis to trial the idea of the "reversed classroom" where students where encouraged to work their way through them for homework and understand the material before coming to the lesson so we could discuss ideas and misconceptions as well as attempting some exam questions. I also got students to research different types of motors and generators (squirrel cage motors; induction motors; rotating field motors; 3-phase generators etc) and present them to the class.
Types of Bonding Card SortQuick View

Types of Bonding Card Sort

Properties of ionic, covalent and metallic compounds that can be cut out and sorted by students then glued into a book. Alternatively, they can be laminated as a card sort activity.