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.
Display for the AQA GCSE outlining the different models of the atom developed over time. In Word so you can adapt to suit your personal use and PDF for ease of printing. The posters on Dalton, Rutherford, Bohr and Chadwick are best printed in colour on A3 and linked with the orange arrows. The remaining pages e.g. the alpha particle scattering experiment, could be printed A3 or A4 depending upon the size of your display board.
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.
Eleven posters covering Maths Skills from the Chemistry GCSE. Best printed /copied in colour onto A3 and trimmed around the edges to make a display. The display is particularly effective if pupils get to see it in both the Maths and Science Departments. All posters in Word (so you can edit it for your personal use as you see fit) and PDF for ease of printing. I’ve included a surface area and volume calculations worksheet too!
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!
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.
19 Different Marking Stickers!
Made to help save time writing the same comments in every book, these also have a greater impact on pupil attention thanks to their bright colours and pictures. They also went down really well during a recent inspection!
I have included both a PDF and Word version, (I use a Mac so there may be some reformatting of the later required on PC), so you can make alterations to better suit your classes.
I've designed them with a large white boarder around the outside to help save printing 'faff'. To go on a 21 page of stickers (7 x 3).
Always use arrows in chemistry equations
Cations are pussytive
Fill the innermost shells first
Mass number is the more MASSIVE number next to an element on the periodic table
To work out the number of neutrons...
Please let me know if there are any others you would like me to add.
Scheme of Work for NEW AQA GCSE 4.1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table Unit.
Start by opening document 4.1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table SOW. This contains learning objectives taken from the new specification, but written in a more student friendly manner. There are then hyperlinks to the relevant resources uploaded, as well as to useful websites, videos and practicals.
Includes fun starters, extension challenges, worksheets, homework and other activities.
O.k apologies, but I can't seem to upload it without the hyperlinks to the worksheets and presentations breaking, but the resources are all clearly labelled so you should still be able to find them using the titles from the SoW. You can always edit and repair the hyperlinks yourself?
A title banner and eleven 'posters' each with details of a useful or interesting chemistry related website. The display also has an interactive element as pupils can scan the QR codes to go straight to the sites.
Some cutting a pasting of the banner will be required. The posters look great if you copy them on to A3 and trim around the edges.
If you want to copy and paste any of the images onto other displays or worksheets, provided they are for educational purposes and not for profit, you are more than welcome to as these are all my own doodles.
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 for pupils just starting to use a Bunsen burner. It should be folded in half and pupils work in pairs to either complete the practical on the one side or assess their peer using the prompts on the other side. You will need to demo how to use a Bunsen before pupils begin the activity.
Selection of resources to help teach pupils about elements, compounds and mixtures. Includes a few plenary activities, fun extension tasks, lesson practical ideas and worksheets to introduce equations and help pupils with naming compounds from their formula.
A silly little powerpoint to help introduce pupils to the idea of monomers and polymers by taking a little bit of a liberty with the spelling of the pop stars surname.\nThis isn't really a tutorial, but I wasn&'t really sure which was a more appropriate resource type to select from the drop down menu!