Powerpoint on the planets, for a research task, either from the internet or based on book work. Starter workseet is name the planets and fill in information about them, also a mix and match card sort of key words and their definitions which students can work alone in or pairs to match the key word to its definition.
Here is a group presentation activity that I designed for my top set year 8 class. The activity requires them to read an information booklet about circulation and to use it to answer 12 questions and produce a presentation/poster. I used it with the class today and they loved it so thought I would share it. I'm sure it could also be adapted to be used at KS4.
To use as cooperative activity: Pupils lettered A, B, C, D on their tables. All the A’s split off and learn about satellites, B’s learn about space probes etc. Information sheets provided to learn from, no notes to be made and sheets to be removed after (10 min). Then pupils return to their original tables and teach the other members of their group about what they learnt. Each group is to collate their information on a poster. Image sheets provided to decorate. Finally I got the groups to peer assess each other’s posters. My year 8’s loved this task, plus it made some fantastic display work!
Here are some top trump cards that I produced for my year 8 class. When I used them I got the pupils to play a game of top trumps and then to order the planets in regards to distance from the sun. I then got the pupils to plot a graph of distance from the sun against temperature and asked them to consider why there is life on this planet but none that we know of on the other planets in our solar system? This activity could also be used as a nice little starter at KS3 or KS4.
Here is an activity that I designed for my foundation OCR 21st century science class when they were studying B3 (lessons 1-3) It is pictures of 6 different predators and their prey which i made into cards and stuck the corresponding information on the back. It ask pupils to think about how a predator could evolve or adapt to be able to catch its prey if something about its prey changed. I also posed several questions about their newly evolved organisms such as how would their mode of life change, how would their bodies change and how would their behaviour change etc.