Skills for Science

Skills for Science

This is one of our "Skills for Science" which supports 11-16 year olds with the development of softer skills of How Science Works. They are all focused around practical tasks and then focus on a area, such as planning experiments, experimental safety, data collection and mathematical analysis and evaluation. They are ideal for the new GCSE Science specifications in the UK and more general aspects of wider science education in the USA. All are high quality and well supported with images and relevant contexts.
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GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 7 - Defences inside the body.

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 7 - Defences inside the body.

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 3 - Defences inside the body. This lessons covers the role of white cells. The outcomes and resources are differentiated and pitched at GCSE students targeting a 'C' grade at the end of their course. This lesson covers the three ways white cells fight infection, supported by video links and this can be completed through an extended writing task - supported by a key words' Wordle. If you have any suggestions to improve this resource please let me know. The Battling Bacteria resource is my own creation.
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GCSE Resistant Materials revision maps

GCSE Resistant Materials revision maps

These four pages of excellent revision materials have been produced with the help of an A* student and focused on key aspects of the GCSE Resistant Material specification. There are four pages in all and they really helped my students with their revision for the examinations. The resources were mainly for AQA specification but cover many features from other specifications.
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GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 3 - Investigating Microbes

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 3 - Investigating Microbes

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 3 - Investigating Microbes This lessons covers everything you need for doing the traditional practical culturing bacteria on agar plates and testing them resistance. The outcomes and resources are differentiated and pitched at GCSE students targeting a 'C' grade at the end of their course. Lots of great images and progress checkers. If you have any suggestions to improve this resource please let me know
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Biology of Extracting DNA from Kiwi Fruit

Biology of Extracting DNA from Kiwi Fruit

All the PPT's and resources for this fantastic practical lesson. Allows students to obtain the fine DNA threads from kiwi using mostly safe and available chemicals. Adds richness and interest to the theory-heavy content of the genetics units in KS3 and KS4. Tried and tested so I know it works. Please also ensure you do your own risk assessment. As always follow @boostprogress and @CE4ET.
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Bloom's Success Criteria

Bloom's Success Criteria

Use this resource to set 'I can.....' success criteria for students which match Bloom's heirarchy and traditional measures of attainment. In addition within the lesson use them to increase or build the cognitive challenge of subjsequent or differentiated tasks. I will soon post a few examples to help achieve this measure of outstanding lessons. Follow me on twitter for updates on latest resources: https://twitter.com/boostprogress
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Metacognition Questioning Tool

Metacognition Questioning Tool

This superb resource is a combination of research published around Bloom's, SOLO Taxonomy and Metacognition. It was inspired by the Sutton Trust report into factors affecting student's learning and the awareness that metacognition and reflective learning was a key driver. Students and teachers can use the tool to look at all stages of students thinking, most advantageously when looking at the different stages in projects and during problem-solving tasks. This is the only successful metacognition resource available and it has been tried and tested. As always please leave feedback and make any suggestions for improvement. Regards, Boostprogress (Twitter follow @boostprogress)
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Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Grade C/D Revision

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Grade C/D Revision

This is a set of lessons based around the 'Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A Linear Higher student book'. You do really need the book! This allows students to explore key words in each chapter - looking at challenge, definisitions and connections. Then students progress to the Big6 challenges which are 6 key areas/skills that must understand. Students should also explain their thinking behind solutions and answers. Every set of three lessons is followed by a mini-assessment.
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Homeostasis - Nervous and Hormonal systems

Homeostasis - Nervous and Hormonal systems

This resource captures all the key knowledge for learners between 11 - 16 years of age. There are charts for students to complete and charts for teachers to complete for peer-assessment. There are plenty of links to further research and a range of contextual exercises for students. All images used were from creative commons
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Science of Acids and Alkalis - L4+

Science of Acids and Alkalis - L4+

A series of PPTs that support an introduction to acids and alkalies for KS3. There are a couple of well described practicals testing pH of solutions, simple neutralization and the indigestion tablet practical. There is also a short assessment to finish off the topic at L4+ and L5+. All objectives leveled and linked to SOLO taxonomy. As always follow @boostprogress or @CE4ET and leave feedback.
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Advanced Biology (8th-12th grade) - Inheritance - 5 - Sex Linkage

Advanced Biology (8th-12th grade) - Inheritance - 5 - Sex Linkage

Advanced Biology (8th-12th grade) - Inheritance - 5 - Sex Linkage This is the fifth lesson on the Advanced Biology (8th-12th grade) series on 'Inheritance' and as the title suggested covers Sex Linkage crosses. Tasks are differentiated at A, C and E standards. All the familiar examples are covered including Mendelian pea characteristics and coat colour. If there are suggestions or amendments to improve this resource then please let me know.
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GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 2 - Defences outside the body.

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 2 - Defences outside the body.

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 2 - Defences outside the body. This lessons covers the role of the skin as a barrier to infection. The outcomes and resources are differentiated and pitched at GCSE students targeting a 'C' grade at the end of their course. This lesson covers key ways microbes might enter the body and how these are protected against. If you have any suggestions to improve this resource please let me know.
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GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Biology: Carbohydrates

GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Biology: Carbohydrates

GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Carbohydrates This resource is one of four lessons and perfect for students of middle to lower abilities at targeting 'C' grades at the end of their course. The focus is on carbohydrates in foods and these resources support the basic glucose and starch testing of different foods (please remember to do your own risk assessment). There is a good components to develop key How Science Works skills and a link at the end to analyzing a familiar junk food. There are also some differentiated activities and tasks. If you have ideas for improving this resource then please let me know.
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GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 4 -  Researching Antibiotics

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 4 - Researching Antibiotics

GCSE Core Science - Biology: Microbes and Disease - Lesson 4 - Defences outside the body. This lessons covers the background to antibiotics. The outcomes and resources are differentiated and pitched at GCSE students targeting a 'C' grade at the end of their course. There is a nice kinesthetic activity and a literacy component. If you have any suggestions to improve this resource please let me know
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GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Biology: Fats and Oils

GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Biology: Fats and Oils

GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Fats and Oils This resource is one of four lessons and perfect for students of middle to lower abilities at targeting 'C' grades at the end of their course. The focus is on lipids (fats and oils) and includes the familiar fat testing practical with ethanol and /or smearing. Please do your own risk assessments on these practicals. There are also some differentiated activities and a useful literacy task at the end. If you have ideas for improving this resource then please let me know.
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GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Biology: Burning Food

GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Biology: Burning Food

GCSE Core Science - Food and Health - Burning Food This resource is one of four lessons and perfect for students of middle to lower abilities at targeting 'C' grades at the end of their course. The focus is on obtaining energy from food and these resources support the basic burning food to heat water practical. There is a good video link and then very strong components to analyse and graph the practical results, developing key How Science Works skills. There are also some differentiated activities and tasks, including a nice energy game. If you have ideas for improving this resource then please let me know.
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Chemistry of Metals - L4+ - CO2 and H.

Chemistry of Metals - L4+ - CO2 and H.

Basic KS3 activity and resources for collecting and testing of Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen. Starts with a Periodic Table task on metals and non-metals. Please do your own risk assessment and leave feedback and comments. Also follow @boostprogress and @CE4ET.
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Mathematics of Fractions - L5+ Whole Integers

Mathematics of Fractions - L5+ Whole Integers

A couple of lessons looking at finding fractions of integers (whole numbers) including both multiplication and division. Based a little around 10 ticks but some good activities for building progress and a range of worded problems to support literacy. The basis for a solid L5+ lesson and as always leave feedback and follow @boostprogress.
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Mathematics of Measures I - Units and Lengths L4+

Mathematics of Measures I - Units and Lengths L4+

A couple of lessons introducing metric and imperial measures and their symbols. It then moves onto estimating and measuring lengths, before finishing with conversions between different measures of length (L5). Borrow fromthe scientists a set of 1m rulers to add a kinesthetic aspect to the measuring. You may even set a mini-competition for most accurate estimates. As always follow me @boostprogress and leave feedback and comments.
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Separation Techniques - Aliens Blood

Separation Techniques - Aliens Blood

A series of 2 or 3 lessons that address separation techniques: filtration and paper chromatography. The filtration uses a mixture of sand, iron filings and water and for chromatography you need filter paper chromatography strip and a suitable colors of felt tip or highlighters. There are frames provided for students to record their learning on and a second copy for teachers to complete for peer-assessment. The lesson is ideal for learners between 8-14 years of age in science or classroom settings. Please also complete your own risk assessment, specifically around the solvent for chromatography: in my practical I used ethanol as it dissolves pigments in pens. Alternatively, you could try water for water-soluble pens and inks, if necessary. All images are obtained using creative commons licence or my own images.
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