These are tasks aimed to accompany the awesome NASA Amazing Space website. www.amazing-space.stsci.edu. Print out one of the star witness articles of the class to read. Then get cracking with the tasks. You will find it useful to have copies of the Hubble Space Telescope downloadable PDF from the capture --> picture it, part of the website too.
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.
Research project where students learn by carrying out an inquiry as to whether they could live on their favorite food alone. Requires them to copy out a food pyramid, find out about different sources of nutrients and investigate deficiencies. Access to co
A simple experiement focused on helping students make a prediction.
I provided each group with a bag of Berocca tablets already broken into quarters, so they had to work out how many ¼ s made a ½ etc. It is a good idea to do this in a tray as it may overflow – although usually it runs out of water first; which is another good talking point.
handout with practical instructions for making copper from copper oxide via copper sulfate. Also contains a few questions for students to answer. May be useful after studying displacement reactions, (no matter how well you have taught this some students will still say the orange material appearing on the paperclip is rust!) May also be used after introducing equations.
You will need to set up five stations, (or two or three sets of five if you have a large class). We place all the equipment for each 'activity' in a tray with a laminated section of worksheet so pupils are clear which station they are at.
The pupils will need about five minutes at each station plus 30s or so tidy up and move round time. Get them to fill in their worksheets as they go round.
Have a Bunsen and heat proof mat set up, with tongs, a beaker of cold water, old glass rods and goggles at the ready. You will want to go through the safety aspects of this activity before you start the whole circus and will probably want to hover near this area for much of the lesson!
Fill several glass bottles to the top with water, screw on a lid and leave in the freezer until just before the lesson. We do extras as sometimes the results are more spectacular than others! We also place a very clear 'DO NOT TOUCH' sign in the tray.
Put a selection or rocks into a tray, make sure to include some which do react with acid, such as marble and limestone. Have dil. HCl and goggles ready.
Have copies of the information and pictures about Caribou ready for pulls to examine. We make up laminated copies in advance.
Similar deal to station four, just with the plant pictures instead.
Simple worksheet where students have to read statements and then tick yes or no depending on whether they are correct or not. If they are incorrect they have to write a correct statement in the space provided.
Simple activity where students have to use the clues in the text to construct a food web. They then use their food web to answer questions. Learning objectives provided on a ppt. Students will have had to do some work on food chains and food webs and key terms previously. They will need a chunky pen to draw food web arrows and a large piece of paper to stick pictures onto. I usually hand these out already cut up in envelopes. You could laminate them and give the students blue tack to hold them in place.
An activity designed to help pupils reflect on why a particular reaction pathway is chosen taking into account atom economy, yield, rates and usefulness of by-products. Introduce the LO and activity instructions using the first few pages of the Power Point. Arrange pupils into groups of two or three and provide them with the Aspirin synthesis worksheet. They have to use the information on the sheet to work out the atom economy for the two possible reaction pathways and use this, along with the useful information below to determine which of the two routes they will use. They also need to decide what sort of conditions they might use, catalyst and if they will sell any by products. It is a good idea to get them to record their choices, (maybe on a min white board) and share these with the class. They all begin with their shares at £10.00 each. Open the trading floor by moving onto the slide that says SALE SALE SALE! Share this with the class and get them to adjust their share prices accordingly. Try and build the drama as you read through each slide. THe winning groups are those whose shares are worth the most at ‘the end of trading’/when you have exhausted all the slides!
I usually get the students to carry this out after having done the RSC's tricky tracks as a starter, so that students can distinguish between an observation and a conclusion. It is a sample set of instructions for six nice, simple practicals students can have a go at. As extension work you could then get them to write equations for the reactions.