A non-practical investigation into vehicle stopping distances. Pupils learn about thinking and braking distances. The first depends on reacting. The second on KE. Graph to plot.
Classic reaction time testing with 30cm ruler. Sheet is double-sided. One side has a table to convert centimetres to milliseconds. The other side has two tables for each hand and an empty chart to do a bar chart. Pupils are asked to make predictions and write a conclusion. Video is from Youtube of Drag Racer - Hillary Will showing her reaction time.
Work out Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy by designing a rollercoaster. Pupils are taken through calculating GPE, KE and final velocity. For a high ability group.
Combustion / burning Magnesium (Mg) ribbon and weighing to find the empirical formula of Magnesium Oxide (MgO). Includes worksheet at end of PPT to make calculation easier.
The 7 parts of the EM spectrum which could be laminated. Has information about where in the spectrum they appear, frequency range, uses, pictures, energy, danger level.
Worksheet with table for pupils to convert their mass to what they weigh (in Newtons) on other planets plus a Neutron Star.
This is a cube net to print onto A4 card and cut-out. Requires tracing paper to form screen. May require use of a scalpel or knife to cut-out window for screen and a pin for the pinhole.
Double-sided activity worksheet to investigate GPE and KE with a pendulum. Requires datalogger and lightgate to measure velocity. For very able pupils, can be completed in an hour. Pendulum is varied in starting height and velocity measured at bottom. Tables on worksheet plus graph to plot.
Cardsort of the three types of radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma. Pupils sort properties of each under each type.
Investigate how surface area and mass affect the time it takes an objects take to fall. Introduces terminal velocity and air resitance. A double-sided worksheet for high ability students. Requires a piece of A4 paper and card, stopwatch and two metre rules plus graph paper. Will take an hour for very able students to complete. Pupils measure the time a piece of A4 paper/card takes to fall 1.5m. Then folded. Worksheet has tables ready to fill in. They will plot a graph of velocity vs surface area (already worked out).
IB Physics Definitions HL & SL - generic but some might differ slightly from particular textbooks.
It's a pyramid! They make an actual square base pyramid of biomass. Photocopy onto card. Three faces are blank, one face has an example food chain with number of organisms. Will need full explanantion of what biomass is and how it increases up the pyramid, so as not to get confused with pyramid of numbers.
Kepler's three laws of planetary motion explained with an overview of ellipses.
All of the IB Physics Engineering option for SL and HL. About 177 pages PowerPoint.
A simple worksheet to go with ‘Body Story - Teen Dreams’ a 45min docudrama about puberty. I’ve used this successfully with a yr7 low-literacy group. Go over what they’ve written as plenary. Great, if you don’t fancy spending an hour hearing yourself talk about wet dreams and hair. VIDEO LINK:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGVPQF03tfI
Cardsort with objects from meteorite, asteroid, up to galaxies and the Universe. Sort by size. The sheet has a background which might help - if their heads are switched on.