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Biomes - introduction #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Biomes - introduction #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills understanding of biomes and ecosystems. This introductory lesson introduces students to the main biomes around the planet, their features and locations. Further in-depth lessons on the different biomes are listed below. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below (links go to Google Docs versions of the lessons). Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Introduction https://goo.gl/0eMtoz Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Tundra and Taiga https://goo.gl/L6cpjH Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Tropical Rainforest and Temperate Forests https://goo.gl/wGM97d Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Savannah and Desert https://goo.gl/sBrZzi Cover image credit: Wikipedia – Jeffrey Pang
Discover the Frozen Oceans and Become a Explorer
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Discover the Frozen Oceans and Become a Explorer

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The Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is based on journeys undertaken by explorers and scientists. The programme is suitable for ages 8-11/KS2. Take your class to the North Pole with this cross-curricular investigation of the Arctic Ocean. The lessons cover varied topics and skills needed for a science research expedition in the polar regions. Themes include Arctic food webs, training like an explorer, expedition food, insulation and clothing, the impacts of melting ice and conducting a press conference. The lessons can also be combined into a Polar Challenge Day.
World oceans KS2 Geography
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World oceans KS2 Geography

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This is an introductory lesson to the world’s oceans. Students will use map skills to name and locate the world’s oceans and learn about major marine landmarks, from the deepest point to the biggest tide and many places in between. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 5 Our ocean voyage with Prof Alex Rogers Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 5a World oceans map Student Sheet 5b Marine wonders card sort Student Sheet 5c Voyage map template Subject Update How many oceans are there? It forms Lesson 5 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.
Introducing the International Space Station #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Introducing the International Space Station #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson takes students into space to explore the concepts of gravity, orbit and the forces acting on the International Space Station. Journey off the planet with this Google Expedition to explore forces and motion in a new and exciting way. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below. Links direct to Google Docs versions of the lessons. Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Introducing the International Space Station https://goo.gl/Wy5A2F Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Life in Microgravity https://goo.gl/3cqhwv Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Microgravity and Experiments https://goo.gl/iU4V3z Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Build your own Space Station https://goo.gl/mCo36M
Plastic recycling KS2 D&T
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Plastic recycling KS2 D&T

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Plastic pollution is one of the major issues affecting the ocean. Students will begin by learning about the impact of litter on marine life. They will then explore the 3Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse) and how they can be applied to the issue of marine plastic pollution. Students will then be guided to reuse common plastic waste to make a new useful object such as a bird-feeder or snack box. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 9 The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Activity Overview Reusing plastic bottles Student Sheet 9a Reusing plastic bottles preparation Student Sheet 9b Reusing plastic bottles guidance Student Sheet 9c Reusing plastic bottles review It forms Lesson 9 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.
The Media: Representations and Stereotypes
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The Media: Representations and Stereotypes

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The Media is aimed at years 9-11, it examines how the media influences stereotyping and portrayal of ‘extremist’ countries. The lessons cover an introduction to the media, layout, fact and opinion as well as different writing techniques. These resources are based on the first-hand experiences of young people who participated in two expeditions in 2010, Journey to the UK and Journey to Pakistan. The young teams worked with artists, politicians, social entrepreneurs and other young people to build up a portrait of these countries beyond media stereotypes, through blogs, films and photos.
Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work
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Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work

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Our Ocean Planet is a full unit of work covering all aspects of the ocean across Key Stage 2. Each lesson is written with an ocean expert - scientist, advocate or explorer (great for STEM careers). Together they form a learning voyage around the world, discovering more about out ocean planet through core aspects of the science and geography programmes of study as well as developing numeracy and literacy skills. The unit works in two parts. First, students will explore the UK seas learning about the names and locations of marine places, marine habitats and the diversity of marine life, as well as the contribution of the sea to the UK economy. Students then go on a global ocean voyage to each of the main oceans, learning about diverse marine topics from the water cycle in the Arctic to evolution in the Southern Ocean and classification on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. A full list of topics is below and the downloads include the unit booklet with lesson plans, student sheets, practical guidance and subject updates. Slideshows for each lesson are separate downloads. Mission 1: UK seas with Paul Rose Mission 2: UK marine habitats with Dr Helen Findlay Mission 3: UK marine life with Dr Ceri Lewis Mission 4: Using our seas with Emily Penn Mission 5: Our ocean voyage with Prof Alex Rogers Mission 6: The Arctic Ocean and water cycle with Dr Mark Brandon Mission 7: The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Dr Penny Holliday Mission 8: The Indian Ocean and classification with Anjani Ganase Mission 9: The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Mission 10: The Southern Ocean and penguin adaptation with Dr Lucy Quinn Mission 11: The Southern Ocean and penguin evolution with Dr Lucy Quinn Mission 12: Captain's log
Day in the life of a mini-beast #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Day in the life of a mini-beast #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student knowledge of a variety of mini-beasts as well as creative writing skills. Students can choose from a range of different mini-beast expeditions on Google Expeditions: the Ambush Bug, Whip Spider, Malayan Jungle Nymph (pictured), Giant Devil's Flower Mantis or Darkling Beetle. Students first describe their chosen mini-beast using the photos in the Google Expedition, commenting also on how the creature is adapted to its environment. Then, they develop creative writing skills, writing a story from the point of view of one of the mini-beasts. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/Fhj1xU Cover image credit: Wikipedia – Bernard Dupont
GCSE Science - Sampling techniques
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GCSE Science - Sampling techniques

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This lesson supports students to develop the 'sampling techniques' component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Students work scientifically to discover if zooplankton and microplastic occur together. In this lesson students learn how to apply sampling techniques, using real field data collected by Dr Lewis’ team. The context of this lesson is the voyage the team took to the Gulf of Maine to investigate if zooplankton and microplastics co-occur. This full lesson includes: Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance Slideshow 4 Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together? Student Sheet 4a Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together? Student Sheet 4b Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together? (higher) Answer Sheet for Student Sheet 4a & 4b This is Lesson 4 of 7 in the Plankton, Plastics and Poo unit of work, which is based on current research being conducted at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The unit consists of enquiry-based lessons which support students to work scientifically by simulating the researchers’ investigations, and encourages students to the use their findings to have a wider impact. The resource uses innovative methods to bring cutting edge science to the classroom, including: - Using real field and laboratory data. - Practical investigations that replicate the work of the scientists. - Using social media to connect with the scientists. - The opportunity to connect with scientists through Skype in the classroom events. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.
Explore The Great Barrier Reef: Activities
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Explore The Great Barrier Reef: Activities

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A series of fact cards on marine life in and around the Great Barrier Reef, giving information on feeding, habitat and threats. Designed to be used in conjunction with the non-ICT Seaview classroom activities, looking at Classification, Food Webs, Mutualism and Symbiosis, and Threats. These cards are suitable for ages 11-14 and 14-16 (KS3/4). For more information go to: www.digitalexplorer.com
Adaptation and penguins KS2 Science
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Adaptation and penguins KS2 Science

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Students travel to the Southern Ocean and the waters around Antarctica to study penguins. Students will learn about the adaptations that allow penguins to survive. This lesson can be used as an introductory lesson to the topic of evolution for upper Key Stage 2 students, which is the focus of Mission 11 This full lesson contains: Slideshow 9 The Southern Ocean and penguin adaptation with Dr Lucy Quinn Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 10 Penguin adaptations (students are directed to use an online interactive Thinglink to complete their research) Subject Update Evolution (background knowledge for teachers) It forms Lesson 10 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.
UK ocean habitats KS2 Science
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UK ocean habitats KS2 Science

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This lesson introduces students to the diversity of habitats in the seas around the UK and looks at the different conditions experienced across a variety of habitats from the deep sea to rock pools. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 2 UK marine habitats with Dr Helen Findlay Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 2a Marine habitats diagram Student Sheet 2b Marine habitats and conditions cards Student Sheet 2c Marine habitats life poster Activty Overview Dictogloss of marine habitats Subject Update Marine habitats (background information for the teacher) It forms Lesson 2 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.
Coral Oceans: Primary Science
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Coral Oceans: Primary Science

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These resources for ages 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. These resources present a complete scheme of work for the science classroom, covering core science and sustainability curriculum areas as well as enhancing students' creative and communications skills. Science curriculum topics include: - habitats and how they provide the basic needs of plants and animals - identification, classification and the use of keys - life cycles, anatomy and sexual reproduction - how animals obtain their food using the idea of food chains - how animals and plants are adapted to their environment - human impact on the environment This project-based learning resource incorporates stunning multimedia resources and is based on recent expeditions to enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it.
GCSE Science - Microplastics impact on the environment
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GCSE Science - Microplastics impact on the environment

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Students work scientifically to explain what microplastics are and where they come from. In this lesson, students develop their understanding of how human actions can have a negative impact on the marine environment. The context of this lesson is investigating the amount of microplastics that students use every day in personal hygiene products. This full lesson includes: Lesson overview and teacher guidance Student Sheet 3a How much microplastic? Student Sheet 3b Microplastics summary worksheet Student Sheet 3c Hunting microplastic home learning Slideshow 3 How much microplastic Activity Overview/Technician Notes 3 How much microplastic? Subject Update 4 Marine plastics Subject Update 5 Marine plastics facts and figures This is Lesson 3 of 7 in the Plankton, Plastics and Poo unit of work, which is based on current research being conducted at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The unit consists of enquiry-based lessons which support students to work scientifically by simulating the researchers’ investigations, and encourages students to the use their findings to have a wider impact. The resource uses innovative methods to bring cutting edge science to the classroom, including: - Using real field and laboratory data. - Practical investigations that replicate the work of the scientists. - Using social media to connect with the scientists. - The opportunity to connect with scientists through Skype in the classroom events. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.
A Journey From The Classroom With Google Earth
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A Journey From The Classroom With Google Earth

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Take your pupils on a journey from the classroom – Google Earth can bring the world closer and inspire curiosity as an integral part of lessons. With tours or layers you can dive into the oceans, track endangered species, monitor earthquakes and weather, keep up-to-date with resource conflicts – or create your very own layers. The manuals bring together skills for space and mapping, using tech tools and project management.
Be A Part of World Ocean Day
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Be A Part of World Ocean Day

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Introduce your students to the oceans! A 60-min lesson with practical activities suitable for 11-14 year olds, replicating the work of scientists on the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010-11. The scientists camped on the frozen sea ice for two months to examine what changes are occurring to phytoplankton and zooplankton in the oceans’ current state, as well as if they were to become more acidic. Includes three simple practical activities: what’s happening the impact it may have on specific marine organisms the impact on the larger food web.
Poetry analysis #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Poetry analysis #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills in analysing poetry. Students study the poem The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, and compare the poet's use of language with 360 degree imagery of Ellis Island. Evocative use of language conjures the experience of new immigrants arriving in America. How is Ellis Island presented as a beacon of hope? Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/mFTmqD Cover image credit: Wikipedia – Earnest B
Creating a Tourist Brochure #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Creating a Tourist Brochure #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson challenges students to write a tourist brochure for the Angel Falls. Students will go on a virtual field trip to the Angel Falls in Venezuela and learn about tourism in the area, before developing their skills in writing geographical descriptions to create a tourist brochure. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/oyU14G Cover image credit: Wikipedia - Luis Carillo, Venezuela
Conservation in the DRC #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Conservation in the DRC #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student understanding of conservation efforts using the DRC as a case study. This lesson involves a virtual trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to learn about the work and life of the 'ecoguards' who work to safeguard the DRC's natural resources. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download a Google Docs version of the lesson plan go to: https://goo.gl/Ackjcd Cover image credit: Wikipedia - Cai Tjeenk Willink
The Heart - Internal Structure #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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The Heart - Internal Structure #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops students' understanding of human anatomy. This lesson focuses on the internal structure of the heart. Students will be able to label the main features and show the direction of the blood flow inside the hearth. They will also be able to state the purpose of the heart valves and describe the differences between the left and right sides of the heart. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 2 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below. Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: The Heart – External Structure https://goo.gl/UHEs0F Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: The Heart – Internal human heart structure https://goo.gl/96wNXN Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: The Heart – Electrical control of the heart beat https://goo.gl/P3E6tX Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: The Heart – Cardiovascular disease https://goo.gl/7CG7FN Cover image credit: Wikipedia – Wapcaplet