A script about Bev and Kev preparing for a their first date, to be read by the teacher and acted out by a pair of students. It is even more effective if you bring in props like a TV remote, hairdryer etc. The remainder of students in the class listen carefully to the story so that they can calculate the cost of preparing for a date, using the student worksheet. An education as to why it is only fair for a man to pay for dinner on a first date, if nothing else!
Simple Venn diagram worksheet. Students have to place the statements in the correct place on the Venn diagram. Another plenary I find works really well with this topic is to arrange pupils into groups of two or three and provide each group with a petri dish lid or base and a lump of plastacine. Get the students to make particles out of the plastacine, then arrange them in the petri dish as you would find them in solids, liquids etc. The nice thing about making the partcles in the petri dishes is that you can put them on the projector and get the rest of the class to assess them.
Resources aimed a teaching pupils about/summarising chemical reactions (reactants and products, conservations of mass etc.), but also helping to develop revision technique - specifically the skill of identifying the most important points in a text and condensing them down into bullet points.
I usually set the Chemical Reactions Notes Homework first and then plan the subsequent based upon the responses! One of the nice things about this homework is that it is super quick to mark because pupils are limited to writing four short sentences.
In the follow up lesson I have lots of discussion with the pupils about how they were able to determine the most important points - what clues does the text contain? For example - subtitles, key words in bold/a different colour. We then complete the other two worksheets.
A lesson aimed at Year 7 -8 pupils with a split focus on learning the colour of Universal Indicator at different pHs and the role of an environmental chemist. Pupils imagine they are environmental chemists working for Scottish Water, responding to reports of dead fish being discovered in a loch.
Scottish water has some nice little animations that help demonstrate the role of environmental chemists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWLYN1MmnQE . In the first part of the lesson you will need to provide pupils with clearly labeled solutions of strong and weak acids and alkalis, plus a neutral solution (I usually use bench or 1M hydrochloric, ethanoic, water, ammonia and sodium hydroxide). Pupils combine these in spotting tiles with universal indicator solution to determine the different colours at different pH. You can then share and self mark their findings. In the second part of the lesson provide pupils with water samples taken from sites A to D. A and B should contain no lead and be only slightly acidic, C should be more acidic and contain lead nitrate solution (lead and acid are common contaminants from copper extraction). I usually make D contain slightly less lead and slightly less acidic (it is nice to discuss with pupils why this might be the case/dilution). Pupils test with potassium iodide (for lead) and Universal Indicator.
In a 1hr/50min lesson there should just be time to summarise the lesson’s learning and share conclusions.
Extension challenge for early finishers also included.
Worksheets that are useful for pupils to stick into their books when they start the AQA GCSE Chemistry course. They list and give examples of all the different command words, plus contain a break down of what the papers will be like and the types of questions they will contain. Helpful to refer to when carrying out past paper walk and talks etc. In Word for ease of editing and PDF for printing.
I usually get students to do this lesson after completing a practical investigation into metal properties. Answers to first slide: copper, mercury, tungstem/tungsten, (I know I cheated!) iron and potassium. Mind map to be copied into books. The Passport Control I get students to act out in pairs at the end of the lesson.I usually finish off by showing YouTube clips of exceptions to the rules, such as a cannon ball floating on mercury - a liquid, but still dense.
Selection of solutions resources. Including two ppts of core notes. Key words handout, HW handout and a couple of sheets relating to possible pracs and demos. Also a stepping stones frame work for students to use to plan a method for obtaining pure salt from rock salt. Beat the teacher is a simple wrap up - you read the script out loud, students put their hands up when they hear a mistake, but most importantly offer a correction.
A fun way of getting pupils to look at graphs in Science. Could be used as a starter or pleanary. Print the interpreting graphs activity out and laminate to make four different colour, double sided cards. Organise pupils into groups of two or three and provide each group with a set of four cards. Introduce the activity using the first page of the Power Point. Pupils use the clues on the back of the cards to help them describe what is happening in each graph, answers can then be shared as a class using the Power Point.