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Mr Morton Science

Full time science teacher, teaching science in the UK for 8 years at many schools and universities. Currently teaching Chemistry in Qatar.

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Full time science teacher, teaching science in the UK for 8 years at many schools and universities. Currently teaching Chemistry in Qatar.
KS3 Science Particles Year 7 - 10 lessons!
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KS3 Science Particles Year 7 - 10 lessons!

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A set of 10 lessons for teaching particles to year 6 or 7. All key behaviours explained with lots of practicals. Powerpoints including with key questions. Covers: Particles Particle model Changing state Gases Water Mixtures Filtering and evaporation Chromatography Distillation
Sedimentary Rocks
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Sedimentary Rocks

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Learning Objectives Be able to name some sedimentary rocks Explain the processes of weathering, transportation, deposition, sedimentation, cementation Use particle diagrams to explain cementation. Settler: Starter: Demonstration: Demonstration of sedimentary rock sandwich and metamorphic toastie You can do the transportation pipe demo but it isn't very good. Practical: Main 1: Main 2: EITHER: Pupils descibe the sandwich model and explain how it is different. We could compare each others answers to see wether we have learned this OR: Pupils undertake construction company exercise 15 minutes and 5 minutes of discussion at the end. Need to address issues with the vocabulary, many misconceptions come from geography. about weathering and erosion. AFL: Homework Metamorphic rocks worksheet
KS3 Photosynthesis Resources
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KS3 Photosynthesis Resources

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Includes: Gold star questions for stretching able students to apply their learning. Plant cell models homework. Keyword word search and synthesis tasks.
History of the atom card sort activity
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History of the atom card sort activity

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A great challenging activity, split your class into 6 groups, print out on six different colours of paper and gove each group the relevant cards for each scientist in a different colour. My medium ability year 7s were able to delegate tasks within their groups and so complete the whole puzzle in less than 10 minutes - meaning they could then answer the questions on the main card. Includes; Rutherford, Bohr, Democritus, Dalton, Thompson and Higgs so that dates go right up until October 2013, covering 2500 years of chemistry history.
Respiratory system worksheet pack
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Respiratory system worksheet pack

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A series of worksheets used for teaching respiration. Including labelling the diagram ( I give the pupils page numbers in our dictionaries and they have to figure out the rest themselves). Gap fill exercises and card sorts. Observation notes for a pluck dissection. Lots of challenging resources and pupil led activities designed for an observation lesson.
Line of Best Fit
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Line of Best Fit

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Teach pupils how to draw the different lines of best fit using this simple worksheet.
AQA C1 Card Sorts - Every topic (pairs)
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AQA C1 Card Sorts - Every topic (pairs)

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Small card sorts -ideal for starter, plenary, main or revision activity. Suitable for a wide range of abilities and great for working in mixed ability pairs. These are small (20 cards per page) recommended size for revision as with multiple sets. If only one or two sets are needed it is recommended you use the larger versions. AQA C1.1.1 Atoms, AQA C1.1.2 The periodic table, AQA C1.1.3 Chemical reactions AQA C1.2.1 Calcium carbonate, AQA C1.3.1 Extracting metals AQA C1.3.2 Alloys, AQA C1.3.3 Properties and uses of metals AQA C1.4.1 Crude oil, AQA C1.4.2 Hydrocarbons, AQA C1.4.3 Hydrocarbon fuels AQA C1.5.1 Obtaining useful substances from crude oil, AQA C1.5.2 Polymers AQA C1.5.3 Ethanol, AQA C1.6.1 Vegetable oils, AQA C1.6.2 Emulsions AQA C1.6.3 Saturated and unsaturated oils, AQA C1.7.1 The Earth''s crust AQA C1.7.2 The Earth's Atmosphere
Igneous Rocks 1
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Igneous Rocks 1

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Learning Objectives Be able to name some igneous rocks Be able to describe how igneous rocks are formed? Explain the difference between intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks. Settler: Starter: Show pupils some igneous rocks, stress which ones they should be able to name later as examples. From the pictures pupils should identify some trends eg crystals and colour. The images can be printed and laminated to do this exercise independently. Demonstration: Practical/ Main 1: Pupils carry out analysis of the igneous rock samples, using naked eye, magnifying glasses/camera phones, porosity test and acid test. Main 2: Pupils to learn the difference between intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks using ppt. AFL: Questions from page 91 SPLAT Homework Read the geology.com article about igneous rocks and how they are formed.
Uses of Rocks Challenge
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Uses of Rocks Challenge

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Pupils work in groups to solve the challenge, use their own knowledge and that given in the resource to write a report to a construction company on which rocks they should use for different construction tasks. Print out all the pages and a set to groups of 3-4 pupils. 20 minutes to read the information, read the example report and to write their own. Lower ability groups will copy out the example with the correct rocks added in and the higher ability groups will write their own report from scratch. Rocks, slate, limestone, metamorphic, fossils, marble, construction, uses of rocks
Simplified Periodic Table
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Simplified Periodic Table

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I can never seem to find the right periodic table for my students so have made one ideal for all ages. Relative atomic mass is only measured to 1d.p. for elements such as Chlorine. Lanthinoids and Actinoides are ignored. Elements are not given capital letters. IUPAC spelling. Relative atomic mass is shown above the chemical symbol. Includes livermorium and flerovium, moscovium etc Colour coded groups. Groups 1-8 labelled.
Global Dimming
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Global Dimming

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Learning Objectives ✤ State the adverse effect of Global Dimming and discuss why these pollutants are of global concern ✤ Relate this to particle theory and light diffraction/reflection. Settler: Starter: https://quizlet.com/57699307/aqa-c143-hydrocarbon-fuels-flash-cards/ Demonstration: Practical: Main 1: See ppt. Main 2: AFL: Homework Exploratorium activity on website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JmrmwIyhAE
Earth's Early Atmosphere
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Earth's Early Atmosphere

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Learning Objectives ✤ State the composition of clean, dry air ✤ Explain the changes in the Earth that led to oceans forming. ✤ Relate the Earths early atmosphere with that of Mars or Venus today. ✤ Explain the changes in the Earths atmosphere today.
Quarrying
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Quarrying

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Learning Objectives ✤ Describe briefly the uses if limestone and how it is quarried. ✤ Consider and evaluate the environmental, social and economic effects of exploiting limestone and producing building materials from it. ✤ Evaluate the developments in using limestone, cement and concrete as building materials, and their advantages and disadvantages over other materials. Settler: Starter: Demonstration: Practical: Main 1: Limestone cycle folder Main 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehBKETtRImk How does cement work? AFL: Homework Take a look at this article: Worlds largest Open pit Mines (Quarrys) To add extra wow factor I found them on google maps for you: • The biggest iron mine • The deepest mine • The deadliest mine Your task after this lesson will be to prepare yourself for a debate on Quarrying - Is it good or bad? The best pupils will research both sides, and this article will give you great perspective. For example Hibbing Minnesota would not exist at all without the local mine as it provides all the jobs and income for the area. There are lots of positive and negative arguments in the text of the article. You may also want to research easier to read websites such as BBC Bitesize.
AQA C1 Card Sorts Every topic
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AQA C1 Card Sorts Every topic

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Large card sorts -ideal for starter, plenary, main or revision activity. Suitable for a wide range of abilities. Great for working in mixed ability pairs. These are large (10 cards per page) recommended size for revision as part of a circus of activities, for multiple sets it is recommended that you use the smaller version (20 cards per page). AQA C1.1.1 Atoms AQA C1.1.2 The periodic table AQA C1.1.3 Chemical reactions AQA C1.2.1 Calcium carbonate AQA C1.3.1 Extracting metals AQA C1.3.2 Alloys AQA C1.3.3 Properties and uses of metals AQA C1.4.1 Crude oil AQA C1.4.2 Hydrocarbons AQA C1.4.3 Hydrocarbon fuels AQA C1.5.1 Obtaining useful substances from crude oil AQA C1.5.2 Polymers AQA C1.5.3 Ethanol AQA C1.6.1 Vegetable oils AQA C1.6.2 Emulsions AQA C1.6.3 Saturated and unsaturated oils AQA C1.7.1 The Earth''s crust AQA C1.7.2 The Earth's Atmosphere
AQA C2 Card Sort every topic (pairs)
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AQA C2 Card Sort every topic (pairs)

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Small card sorts -ideal for starter, plenary, main or revision activity. Suitable for a wide range of abilities. Great for working in mixed ability pairs. These are small (20 cards per page) recommended size for revision as with multiple sets. If only one or two sets are needed it is recommended you use the larger versions. C2.1 - Structure and Bonding C2.2 - How the structure influences the properties and uses of substances 2.2.1 – Molecules, 2.2.2 - Ionic compounds, 2.2.3 - Covalent structures, 2.2.4 – Metals, 2.2.5 – Polymers, 2.2.6 - Nanoscience C2.3 - Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry 2.3.1 - Atomic Structure, 2.3.2 - Analysing Substances, 2.3.3 - Quantitative Chemistry C2.4 - Rates of reaction C2.5 - Exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions C2.6 - Acids, bases and salts 2.6.1 - Making salts, 2.6.2 - Acids and bases C2.7 - Electrolysis
Combustion Practical
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Combustion Practical

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Learning Objectives ✤ To plan an investigation into the effect of volume of air on the time it takes for a candle to go out. ✤ To carry out an investigation Settler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwU3YL_SD70 Starter: Use common mistakes ppt. Demonstration: Practical: Main 1: This is the levelled task for this topic. We will be used to level along UK national curriculum levels you ability to carry out an investigation. The assessment is looking mostly for your ability to make links between the topics and explain both verbally and using diagrams. The levels available will range from a 3c (lowest) to a 7a (highest). If pupils have already achieved a 7c or above in the previous levelled practical they will be given the opportunity to use the GCSE criteria, these have much more criteria to be completed but will allow pupils to achieve grades rating from a FAIL to an A*.
Continental Drift Alfred Wegener
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Continental Drift Alfred Wegener

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Learning Objectives Learn who Alfred Wegener was and state the theory of continental drift. Describe the crust as broken into pieces called tectonic plates. Explain that convection currents within the Earth’s mantle driven by heat released by natural radioactive processes because the plates to move at relative speeds of a few centimeters per year. Evaluate the evidence for continental drift and explain why it was not accepted at the time. Settler: Think pair share – Were all scientists successful? Introduce students to the storys of Mendeleevs early life, Alfred Wegeners life and/or Nikolai Tesla. Starter: Demonstration: Plate tectonic demonstration with biscuits and syrup – see video Practical: Main 1: Alfred Wegener Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1-cES1Ekto Explain tectonic plates and continental drift Alfred Wegener SciShow Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbU809Cyrao Main 2: Pupils answer What is the Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift. And what evidence did he have for it? (4) Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift was not accepted by the scientists at the time. Why? (2) AFL: Homework Produce a fake social media page for Alfred Wegener, what sort of things would he be posting about? Some people have already had a go, what would you post about if you were him?
Weathering
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Weathering

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Learning Objectives To describe the three types of weathering, Biological, physical and chemical. To be able to give examples of all three types of weathering. To link the weathering process to the landscape. Use particle diagrams to explain weathering Settler: Starter: Demonstration/Main 1: Draw diagrams to represent the three types of weathering on the board if you are not confident use the textbook. Pupils need to be able to use particle diagrams - in this case particle means rock pieces of any size. Practical: Show the frozen rock breaking demo as an example of freeze thaw. Main 2: Link to the landscapes of Qatar, erratics etc. AFL: Show photos of different types of weathering and ask pupils to identify them
Rock Cycle Assessed task
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Rock Cycle Assessed task

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Learning Objectives Be able to describe the rock cycle as continuous process that takes place over millions of years. Relate the rock cycle as a type of recycling Revise the whole rock cycle