One-off summer science lessons

Nicola Davison
05th July 2017
fun secondary science resource in action at end of term

Bring an element of fun to your end-of-term biology, chemistry and physics lessons with this collection of topical quizzes and unusual activity ideas

There’s no better time to have some fun in your lessons than at the end of term. So why not refresh the toolkit of classic resources that you usually bring out at this time of year by taking inspiration from this collection? Here we’ve highlighted some of the most popular cross-disciplinary quizzes, games and stand-alone lessons for the delight of both you and your pupils.

Fun quizzes

This end-of-year lesson not only includes rounds on biology, chemistry and physics, but also a fun blind robot challenge requiring pupils to work together. Or, embark upon revision under the guise of a space war with this question game, which also promotes the use of higher order thinking.

KS3 Summer Science Fun Quiz (with blind Robot challenge!)

A fun end-of-term lesson which needs no planning and only a little preparation. A PowerPoint presentation includes 3 rounds of questions on Biology, Chemistry and Physics with an extra 'Winner takes all' round - the Blind Robot Challenge. A student instruction sheet is included with the resource (which should be printed before-hand). This activity is great fun and students love it but since some students are blindfolded it does need to be thought-out and clearly explained. Answers are included at the end of each round on the slideshow. Enjoy!
This resource is designed with Year 7 pupils in mind.
By hurrenk

Question Doom (A question game)

This PowerPoint game is highly engaging and interactive. Kids of all ages love it and it really encourages learners to use higher order thinking skills. The questions created by the learners are weapons with which each team arms their spaceship... let's the space war begin...
By alessio

One-off lessons

What could be more fun than bubbles, chocolate and party poppers? Nothing! And that’s undoubtedly why these investigation sheets will be popular with your students. However, if you’re short on time, try using these challenge cards to get classes thinking imaginatively.

For a more independent task, get older pupils playing this cross-disciplinary board game in the style of Articulate.

3 Science investigation fun activities for the end of term

Students identify variables, equipment, record results, analyse and evaluate investigations on bubbles, chocolate and party poppers. Fun activity whilst still doing work! :-)
By shrimps74

Bright Idea Challenges

A selection of ideas to leave as cover work, end of term challenges or just to get your group thinking! I'm sure you can add to this as the possiblities are endless. We have also printed them out credit card size and then students can select an activity, either blind or chosen.
By geminiwhizz

Complete GCSE Science Revision Game - ARTICULATE!

This board game is based on the hit title "articulate", with a similar playing style to Taboo!
This game was adapted with a focus on Year 11 GCSE Science, with topics from all 3 science disciplines and is applicable to most exam boards.
This activity acts as a great revision tool for whole classes or small intervention groups to ensure they are familiar with all the key words from across all 3 disciplines.
This activity has also been used as both a starter/plenary for classes in Year 9 --> Year 11 and as a reward at the end of a term!

How to use the resource?

(It does work well if a class set has been printed and laminated in advance of play).

1. Students play the game in pairs (this is good for accommodating larger class sizes). There should be a maximum of 4 pairs to each board game template.
2. Each pair takes it in turns to describe as many key words (corresponding to the colour they are on, on the playing board) to their partner but...

a. You cannot SPELL the word, or say how many letters it has.
b. You cannot SAY any part of the word.
c. You cannot use “rhymes with” or “sounds like".

3. If their partner guesses correctly, these cards are kept to the side and another is picked QUICKLY and described until the time is up!
4. Students count up their number of correct cards and move this number of spaces around the playing board.
5. Students can pass if they are unsure on how to describe the word/can not guess it! This saves time!
6. If students land on a star on the playing board - they need to describe and guess ONLY the words with a star next to them on the playing cards (this is a mixture of words from all 3 science disciplines).
7. The winner is the first pair to move their counter to the finish segment!

ENJOY!!

Please leave a review/feedback once you've used this resource so it can be adapted for others!

(Note: I do not own any of the rights associated with the playing title/game)
By sophie55_hanson

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