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#### Budget Tracker - Head of Department

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Easily keep track of faculty spending with this easy to use, straight forward budget tracker. Produces graphs, reports and tables giving a clear view of where your budget is going and how much is left. Step 1 Go to the “Overall” sheet and in the total budget cell, input your allocated budget. Step 2 As orders come in, click on the appropriate subject tab, and list the resource, where it is from, who ordered it, the cost, how many are required and if there are any shipping costs. The results will update on the “Overall” both in the table, and graphically, giving you a visual of exactly where the money is being spent. Furthermore a short report is generated, that can be copied and pasted into an email, should you need to notify someone of the progress with the budget. Step 3 It should be noted, that although this excel sheet has been set up for a Head of Science Position, it could be easily adapted to suit other Faculties by changing the name of the sheets and the labels on the graph. To alter the report, simply click on the cell, and in the formula, wherever a faculty is listed, rewrite it with the appropriate replacement. pw to unlock cells is “schoolsoutforsummer”

#### Attendance Tracker - Excel

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Using this Excel sheet, you can get a clear overview of just how many of your lessons they are attending/missing. This is extremely useful for tutor/form teachers or others just trying to make sure students get the best out of their lessons. Step 1 Insert names of students into names column Step 2 Go to the first date and change it to the date you want to start recording from. All other dates will populate once the first one is changed. Step 3 Use the codes listed to keep track of your students. For example, P = Present, V = Late, I = Unexcused Absence, E = Excused Absence, K = Sick, B = Leave of Absence. Step 4 Don’t worry if it looks like there are some errors being registered in the counter, they will disappear as soon as you start putting data in for it to calculate. Step 5 If you student is late for more than 20% of your classes, or attendance drops below 80%, then emails will be auto generated which you can copy and paste to send to parents if you are short of time. -Step 6 Finally, there are columns that compare a students average attendance and lateness to that of the class. -Step 7 Have fun.

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#### Ocean Acidification - A Card Game Simulation - Climate Change

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Instructions for Teachers The pages are set so that, when printed double sided, they have a back and front, enabling for easy sorting. Before you print the whole deck, test your settings by printing the first two pages of cards, to check alignment. If it doesn’t match, then its likely to do with how the printer flips the page (either long end or short end), so make sure it is on the flipped on the long end. If you don’t want backs, then print every second page. There are two sizes of cards, mini and large, so have a look at both before you print. Contents: 8x Hydrogen Cards, 8x Hydrogen Carbonate Cards, 19x Calcium Cards, 19x Carbonate Cards, 1x Information Card This card game works in 4 rounds. This works best in groups of 4, but can work with less or if necessary, up to 5 players per deck. Each player is role playing as a crab. Round one: The game starts by placing all of the Calcium and Carbonate Ion Cards face down on the table, as well as two hydrogen and two hydrogen carbonate cards. Each person picks up 4 positive ion cards and 4 negative ion cards. The goal is to match Calcium with Carbonate. If you have 4 pairs, your shell grows. 3 pairs means enough minerals have been gathered to repair their shell. 2 pairs means damage cannot be repaired, but doesn’t worsen and 1 pair means the shell gets further damage and cannot be repaired. Record the scores on a tally card. Round two-four: At the end of the first round and each round after, all the cards are returned to the table, face down and an additional two hydrogen and two hydrogen carbonate cards are added, symbolising the acidification of the ocean through the dissolving of more CO2. Same rules for shell repair apply. Person with the most points at the end wins (pairs). Enjoy. The Efficient Science Teacher If you liked this game, don’t forget to check out my other games: The Biology Bandit - A Biology Escape Room Revision Activity - Human Impact - A Biological Card Game - Ecology, Climate Change + Sustainability or if you need some practicals, check out my Bundle of practicals focusing on the History of STEM: Bundle - History of STEM Practicals - Science, Mathematics and History

#### Scientists Throughout The Ages - A3 Poster Files - Bundle 1

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Have your students explore scientists throughout history with these colourful, interesting posters of scientists throughout the ages. Each of the 12 scientists in this bundle accomplished great things that helped to make the world what it is today. Each file can be printed on paper up to A3 size, without any worries about losing quality of the image. Perfect for decorating the lab and reminding your students of the diverse group of people that gave us the knowledge to get where we are today. The 12 figures in this pack include: Physics: Albert Einstein - Famous for his theories on relatively. Marie Curie - A pioneer in radioactive material research Nikola Tesla - A driving force in the field of electronics. Chemistry: Mendeleev - Responsible for the periodic table we recognise today. Cai Lun - Attributed with creating the first true paper in China. Jabir Ibn-Hayyan - The legendary figure, known as the “Father of Chemistry”, reportedly responsible for producing the “aqua regis”. Biology Charles Darwin - The famous author of “Origins of Species”. Alfred Wallace - Co-creator of the theory of Evolution. Jane Goodall - A famous scientist who, working with chimpanzees, gained a whole knew understanding of interaction between organisms. Mathematics Pythagoras - Famous for his theory on Triangles, as well as not liking beans. Mary Jackson - The first female African-American engineer for NASA, as seen in the recent movie, “Hidden Figures”. Brahmagupta - An Indian mathematician, credited with creating the rules governing the use of “0” as a number in calculations. If you like this resource, keep an eye out for bundle 2 coming out very soon with another 12 scientists. Like something a little more interactive? Get these 12 scientists as cut and build dioramas as a quick to prepare cover lesson or for when you have a difficult afternoon lesson. Can’t get enough of the History of STEM? Check out my bundle of science experiments replicating famous experiments throughout history. If you liked the resource, don’t forget to leave a review!

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#### Human Impact - A Biological Card Game - Ecology, Climate Change + Sustainability

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A simple card game for groups of four, it is quick to print, quick to set up and easy to run. It is a great tool for creating discussions on the topics of human impact on the environment, food webs, ecology, sustainable living and a jumping point for the students to delve deeper, to begin their own research into their habits and what they can do to make a difference. Simply print the the pages double sided, cut them out and you are ready to go. It is possible to have bigger or smaller groups, as there are seven included location cards, however, for balance of scores at the end, I have had most success with four students. Teacher Instructions The pages are set so that, when printed double sided, they have a back and front, enabling for easy sorting. There are location cards with different habitats, scenario cards which give instructions for the students to add or take tokens away and lifeline cards, which can be used once in a game to protect against the effect of a scenario card. Before you print the whole deck, test your settings by printing the first two pages of cards, to check alignment. If it doesn’t match, then its likely to do with how the printer flips the page (either long end or short end), so make sure it is on the flipped on the long end. If you don’t want backs, then print every second page. There are two sizes of cards, mini and large, so have a look at both before you print. You will need some tokens, but if you can’t find some, having the students keep track of their points on a piece of paper should suffice. At the start of each game, the decks are shuffled and the students each pick 1 lifeline and 1 habitat card at random. Then, they take turns drawing scenario cards and either add or remove points/tokens as instructed. At the end the points are tallied and a winner is determined. They can check the score card for extra reference and discussion points. An extension activity, might be to discuss the cards and what could be added to them. Then, as homework, the students could be set to design 7 more scenario cards to add to the deck. The point is that this game, while fun, should be used as a starting point to jump into a discussion of the impact of human activity on earth. Enjoy. The Efficient Science Teacher

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#### Scientists Throughout The Ages - Diorama/Cut Paste Activity - Bundle 1

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Have your students explore scientists throughout history with this fun, easy activity. Each of the 12 scientists in this bundle accomplished great things that helped to make the world what it is today. Each scientist has a coloured, ready to go version and a colourless version for your students to colour in. Perfect for a cover lesson or an introduction to a topic. Note: It is best to print these on a thicker card, rather than paper, to help the individual pieces stand up better. Make sure the students know how to use scissors before they begin, to prevent injury. The 12 figures in this pack include: Physics: Albert Einstein - Famous for his theories on relatively. Marie Curie - A pioneer in radioactive material research Nikola Tesla - A driving force in the field of electronics. Chemistry: Mendeleev - Responsible for the periodic table we recognise today. Cai Lun - Attributed with creating the first true paper in China. Jabir Ibn-Hayyan - The legendary figure, known as the “Father of Chemistry”, reportedly responsible for producing the “aqua regis”. Biology Charles Darwin - The famous author of “Origins of Species”. Alfred Wallace - Co-creator of the theory of Evolution. Jane Goodall - A famous scientist who, working with chimpanzees, gained a whole knew understanding of interaction between organisms. Mathematics Pythagoras - Famous for his theory on Triangles, as well as not liking beans. Mary Jackson - The first female African-American engineer for NASA, as seen in the recent movie, “Hidden Figures”. Brahmagupta - An Indian mathematician, credited with creating the rules governing the use of “0” as a number in calculations. If you like this resource, keep an eye out for bundle 2 coming out very soon with another 12 scientists. Like something a little bigger? Get these 12 scientists in A3 poster format to display in your lab or classroom here! Can’t get enough of the History of STEM? Check out my bundle of science experiments replicating famous experiments throughout history. If you liked the resource, don’t forget to leave a review!

#### Bundle 1 - History of STEM Practicals - Science, Mathematics and History

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More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. What’s included: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical Statistics and Cryptography - History of STEM practicals - Crack the Code Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1 Barometer - History of STEM Practicals - Pressure + Climate - Distance Learning

#### Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals

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Practical 1 in the History in STEM practical series, looking at how students can do an experiment completed over 2000 years ago to get their own reasonably accurate value for the circumference of the Earth. Requires minimal equipment and very little time to get the data, however, does need you to be able to work with another school in a** different city** to get all the data points required to complete the calculation. Good for schools with a “sister school” in another state or country. More about the History in STEM practical Series This free sample is a preview of the History in STEM practical series, a set of practicals designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.

#### Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence

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Practical 4 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical we are looking at the Viking Sunstone, the theoretical genius navigation method, making much of the Viking exploration possible. Working with Icelandic Spar (Calcite Crystal) which, through the process of birefrigence, causes light passing through it to be refracted at two separate angles. Using this, with some small effort, research has shown that the stone could be used to locate the sun, even on an overcast day, within a few degrees, allowing for the journey to continue. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.

#### Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical

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Practical 7 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical, you will be looking at the illusive history of invisible ink and the chemical reactions behind them. Have a look at the different methods used, beginning in Ancient Greece and continuing through history all the way through to modern times. Test their effectiveness in application, invisibility and ease of development, and decide for yourself, which of the methods you would choose. Finally, take your knowledge and apply it to working out the teachers secret message. Which method did they use? Use observations and clues to make your deductions and then test your hypothesis. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles

#### Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat?

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Practical 6 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical, you will be using similar triangles to measure how far off distant objects are. This technique is believed to have been used in Ancient Greece and other locations for a number of reasons and is a very simple to conduct, group work activity where each member has defined roles, ensuring that participation is high. It can be used and adapted to teach a number of aspects of similar triangles, but as it is set up, would be a great introduction to the topic. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles

#### Pythagoras' Cup - History of STEM practicals

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Practical 3 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical we are looking at the famous cup attributed to Pythagoras. Working with a siphon, it “punished” anyone who became too greedy. Students will be able to produce their own “Greedy cups” as they are otherwise known, using some simple materials, most of which you may already have in your staff kitchen cupboard. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.

#### Paper (Part 2) - History of STEM practicals - Make it your own - Sustainability

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Practical 11 in the History in STEM practical series. In practical 11 continue to look a little more into the paper industry, as well as its impact on the world in terms of deforestation. In the practical section there are instructions for a classic paper making experiment, with a twist. There are not just instructions for recycled paper, but for cotton paper, leaf paper and grass paper. The students then need to look at the strengths and weaknesses of these paper, and assess whether they could become suitable alternatives to wood pulp, thus reducing the impact on the forests by the wood and pulp industry. So, rather than just looking at the theoretical, this practical encourages students to actively seek answers to today’s burning questions. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Grab the bundle for the biggest saving or get the individual practicals: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical Statistics and Cryptography - History of STEM practicals - Crack the Code Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1 Copyright © 2020 The Efficient Science Teacher All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

#### Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1

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Practical 9 in the History in STEM practical series. This is part 1 of a two part mini-series on the history and development of paper. In this practical, paper is pitted against papyrus in a battle to see which of the two can support the most weight and has the higher tensile strength. There are two methods available, one with pre-purchased papyrus and another with full instructions on how to make papyrus from scratch to test the different properties. Once you have the papyrus paper, the practical can be run with little equipment and is easy to improvise and adapt to what you already have in the lab. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Check out the bundle for the best savings or get the individual practicals: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles Chemical Reactions - History of STEM practicals - Invisible Ink Practical Statistics and Cryptography - History of STEM practicals - Crack the Code Force and Tensile Strength - History of STEM practicals - Paper Part 1

#### Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement

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Note: This would be a great followup practical after completing your Pythagoras Cup. Practical 5 in the History in STEM practical series. In this practical we are looking at the humble beginnings of the alarm clock. This version is based on a design believed to be used by Plato, to make sure he got up on time. It teaches a number of concepts, such as siphons, as well as displacement and air pressure. It takes the principle of the cup and applies it in a new way. When the water siphons into the vessel, it displaces the air out, forcing it through a whistle, causing it to sound. You can tweak the practical to have the time it takes for the alarm to go off, to suit whatever purpose you like. This is probably more than a single lesson practical, but might be a good collaborative project. Bring the Arts department in to get some cool decorations for the clock. Get the history team to talk about Plato and the philosophers of ancient Greece and turn this practical into a real cross curriculum event. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available. Other practicals in the series: Similar Triangles - History of STEM practicals - How Far Is That Boat? Water Alarm Clock - History of STEM practicals - Pressure and Displacement Viking Sunstones - History of STEM practicals - Refraction and Birefringence Pythagoras’ Cup - History of STEM practicals - Siphon Archimedes’ Eureka - History of STEM practicals - Density Measuring the World - History of STEM Practicals - Circumference of Circles

#### Reaction Rate Powerpoint - Lower Secondary

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A short PowerPoint file covering how reaction rate can be affected. Simple explanations suitable for a younger audience.

#### Archimedes' Eureka - History of STEM practicals

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Part 2 in the History in STEM practical series. This time we are taking a look at the famous experiment regarding the link between an objects volume and water displacement, in order to calculate the density of a dodgy crown by that eccentric scientist Archimedes. Note: The “Crown” in the practical can be anything you want. However, it will link better to the story if it is a crown. More about the History in STEM practical Series This series is designed to bring quality cross-curricula material to STEM subjects, that help students to explore and discover phenomena normally taught, while getting a glimpse into the history of its development. In addition, a number of the practicals give the students the opportunity to play “Mythbusters”, looking at a number of different methods and having to reason why one or the other was the more likely or useful method. From Ancient Greece to Vikings, China to the Golden age of the Muslim empire and beyond to India, the series takes a look at some of the most important STEM achievements throughout history. There is a plan for 40 of these such practicals in this series, so, if you liked this one, consider looking at some of the others, or check out some of the bundles available.