Scientists and Inventors - Thomas Edison PowerPoint and Worksheets
From my Scientists and Inventors resources collection – Let’s learn about Thomas Edison
This download teaches children about Thomas Edison. There is a detailed 33 slide PowerPoint on their life, their achievements and facts about them. There are also differentiated, 5 page, worksheets to allow children to demonstrate their understanding.
I originally produced this resource to help my own children learn to tell the time. It has since been used extensively to support teaching time telling to children aged between 5 and 10 years of age.
This Key Stage 1 and 2 Maths resource provides clear visuals and activities to support children in the development of time telling skills. The aim is to encourage children to take a hands on approach linking maths and creativity in an enjoyable way.
Slides are provided in three different formats; full colour, black and white photocopiable and tinted dyslexia friendly.
Learn about surface tension by creating a picture using drops of coloured water. Have your students ever seen little balls of water on pieces of grass? This happens because of the cohesion of water. The molecules that make up water are attracted to each other and like to stick together when they cannot soak into something.
A fun cross-curricular activity that I made to consolidate knowledge of 2D shapes. The children go around the board collecting shapes to reassemble their monster after a volcanic explosion blew them apart. Game cards are used to quiz children on the properties of shapes which they then use to design their monster.
This activity contains the Science Museum’s secret bubble recipe and ideas about how to create brilliant bubble blowers. There’s also lots to find out about the science of mixtures and materials and the properties of water.
- Investigate how mixing water changes the way it behaves
- Use observation and questioning skills
- See how the behaviour of materials has useful applications in our everyday lives.
Students will research and design a spacesuit. They will need to find out what different types of space suits do, what features need to be included and learn how an astronaut feels inside a space suit. This activity is accompanied by a video with TV Presenter Dallas Campbell in which he explains the features of the Sokol space suit. This activity also includes an augmented-reality app which can be downloaded free, and students can use to see Tim Peake wearing the Russian Sokol suit he wore during his space flights to and from the ISS.
Science: Materials, the body (life support systems)
SMSC: Making choices, Independent thinking skills
Maths: Problem solving
British values: Individual liberty
Literacy: Reading a variety of texts, select and retrieve information, using information.
Design and Technology (if using materials): using materials for purpose
Zappar App instructions
Zappar App for exploring a real Sokol spacesuit
This arty experiment shows how plants use 'capillary action&' to take water up their stems to the petals. Keep a diary so that you can compare the results you get with different colours over a few days. How about trying to make a rainbow of flowers? You can mix different food colouring together to create different shades. Instead of using daffodils, why not try using carrot tops or cress seeds? It&';s easy peasy!
Bring the outdoors into your classroom with this inspiring activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
In this activity you can make a paper mouse hit the ceiling using forces and the power of air. The objective of this lesson is to squeeze air through a small opening which gives it enough force to move objects.
This Three Little Pigs STEM challenge is perfect to engage your little scientists during a topic on traditional tales.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) investigations give children an opportunity for hands-on, open-ended, collaborative exploration.
- Student Recording Journal (front page editable for adding student's name)
- Student Challenge Cards - these handy cards explain the challenge and list the materials needed(an editable version is also included for you to add your own materials if you wish)
- Materials and Preparation - detailed information on what you'll need and how to set up the challenges
- Teacher Directions - a step by step account of the process and hints and tips
- What is STEM? - an information sheet on the importance of STEM subjects for primary school children
STEM Flying Straw: A Science and Engineering Challenge.
This science and engineering challenge will challenge students what flight looks like.The lesson begins with a technology challenge to construct a paper plane with the materials given and then leads into the science lesson. This challenge looks at speed, direction, size and types of wings.
This pack contains everything you need (except straws). All you need to do is print it off and you are up and running. It can be used as either a group activity or individual. I usually do it as a group as then you can allocate members various roles within the group.
Included are instructions, templates and extension question sheet. As a bonus I have also include an A4 STEM Poster.
This murder mystery will engage students by taking them on a journey to solve addition math puzzles to solve a murder. Students will need to gather evidence by completing charts, Interview witnesses by sorting through addition equations and compare data to narrow the suspects. Finally they will narrow it down to two suspects, with a final hundred chart puzzle to uncover the truth.