Leaves and photosynthesis - Structure and function

Leaves and photosynthesis - Structure and function

Year 8 lesson (could be extended to two lessons), including various activities and worksheets. LOs: To describe the adaptations of leaves To explain the functions of different parts of a leaf To evaluate the structure of a leaf as regards to the function of each part Activities: 1. Do Now: MCQs on photosynthesis 2. Exposition: Photosynthesis equation recap 3. Group activity: Think, pair, share on adaptations of leaves 4. Mini-plenary: Adaptations of leaves check for understanding (join up activity) 5. Mini-plenary: If this is the answer, what is the question? 6. Independent Task: Cloze exercise on leaves and photosynthesis 7: Exposition: Structure of a leaf 8. Independent Task: Structure of leaves worksheet 9. Extension: Planning an investigation into the factors that affect photosynthesis. (Practical activity could follow next lesson.) 10. Plenary: Learning triangle For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Changes of State lesson

Changes of State lesson

Year 8 lesson on changes of state. PowerPoint and worksheets included (at back of PowerPoint) LOs: To recognise changes of state as being reversible changes. To use scientific terminology to describe changes of state. To explain changes of state using the particle model and ideas about energy transfer. 1. Do Now: Which particle diagram shows a solid, a liquid and a gas? 2. Group Activity: Think, pair, share - what do the photos show? 3. Exposition: Changes of state and the particle model 4. Student Activity: Complete the diagram to show the changes of state and answer the questions 5. Mini-Plenary: Mini-whiteboard quiz on changes of state 6. Exposition: Different substances have different melting and boiling points 7. Exposition: Heating curves 8. Student Activity: Asking students to deduce what states different substances are at different temperatures, using their melting and boiling points 9. Plenary: Multiple choice questions exit ticket For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Understanding diffusion lesson

Understanding diffusion lesson

Year 7 or 8 lesson on diffusion LOs: Describe the process of diffusion and its relation to the cell. Explain how different factors affect the speed of diffusion. Analyse results into an experiment of the factors which affect diffusion. Activities: 1. Do Now: Starter question on liquids and gases 2. Student Activity: Demonstration of diffusion using potassium permanganate, iodine or perfume 3. Exposition: Introduce the particle model of diffusion 4. Mini-plenary: Whiteboard quiz 5. Exposition: Diffusion in cells and the factors affecting the rate of diffusion 6. Independent Task: Diffusion worksheet 7: Plenary: Check for understanding question For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Changes of State lesson

Changes of State lesson

Year 8 lesson on changes of state. PowerPoint and worksheets included (at back of PowerPoint) LOs: To recognise changes of state as being reversible changes. To use scientific terminology to describe changes of state. To explain changes of state using the particle model and ideas about energy transfer. 1. Do Now: Which particle diagram shows a solid, a liquid and a gas? 2. Group Activity: Think, pair, share - what do the photos show? 3. Exposition: Changes of state and the particle model 4. Student Activity: Complete the diagram to show the changes of state and answer the questions 5. Mini-Plenary: Mini-whiteboard quiz on changes of state 6. Exposition: Different substances have different melting and boiling points 7. Exposition: Heating curves 8. Student Activity: Asking students to deduce what states different substances are at different temperatures, using their melting and boiling points 9. Plenary: Multiple choice questions exit ticket For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Conduction, convection and radiation GCSE lesson

Conduction, convection and radiation GCSE lesson

GCSE lesson on conduction, convection and radiation (the 3 heat transfer processes). LOs: Describe the processes of heat transfer in solids, fluids and vacuums. Explain convection currents in detail. Compare and contrast the three types of heat transfer. 1. Do Now: What is happening in the picture? Explain this process in terms of the energy of the particles 2. Exposition/Demonstration: Modelling the 3 types of heat transfer using a ball (students could write down their understanding of the 3 processes) 3. Mini-plenary: 'Back to back' activity, where students split into pairs, with one facing the front. This student has to describe what they see without using the 3 key words (conduction, convection or radiation) 4. Student Activity: Venn diagram for students to complete on conduction, convection and radiation, using words, diagrams etc. (helper sheet if needed) 5. Plenary: Exam style question about keeping a house warm Option extension/extra activities included: 1. Table for students to complete on conduction, convection and radiation 2. Video questions (video on YouTube) for students to complete on conduction, convection and radiation For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Specialised cells worksheet

Specialised cells worksheet

A worksheet on specialised cells, suitable for KS3 (year 7 or 8) or above. Students are asked to match diagrams of specialised cells with their names, separate specialised plant cells from animal cells and match specialised cells with their adaptations. Specialised cells covered include root hair cells, palisade cells, sperm cells, red blood cells, ciliated epithelial cells and nerve cells. Worksheet and answers included in .pdf and .docx (same worksheet). For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Shapes of ions and molecules

Shapes of ions and molecules

Shapes of ions and molecules lesson for year 12 or year 13 (AS level or A level). LOs: To state the basic features of a molecule that determine its shape. To describe different molecular structures. To predict the shapes of simple molecules and ions with up to six electron pairs surrounding the central atom. 1. Do Now: Draw the Lewis structures for water, methane and ammonia. How many pairs of electrons surround the central atom in each case? 2. Exposition: VSEPR theory and structures with 4 areas of electron density 3. Mini-pleanry: Determine the shape of molecules that have 4 areas of electron density 4. Exposition: Shapes from 2 or 3 areas of electron density 5. Mini-plenary: Determine the shape of molecules that have 2, 3 or 4 areas of electron density 6. Exposition: Shapes with 5 or 6 areas of electron density 7. Exposition: How lone pairs affect bond angles 8. Independent Task: Practise determining shapes and bond angles of various different ions and molecules 7. Independent Task: Exam style questions on bond angles and molecular shape 8. Plenary: Wrapping it up
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A guide to solving Hess cycle questions

A guide to solving Hess cycle questions

A year 12 (AS level) guide to solving Hess cycle questions on enthalpy change of reaction, using either enthalpy change of combustion or enthalpy change of formation values. Includes detailed instructions and one worked problem. Could also be used for year 13 (A level).
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A guide to solving bond enthalpy questions

A guide to solving bond enthalpy questions

A year 12 (AS level) resource for solving bond enthalpy questions. Could also be used for GCSE or year 13 (A level). This contains a numbered guide of how to solve these types of questions and includes 2 worked examples, following the guide.
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Particle theory bundle

Particle theory bundle

3 complete lessons on the particle theory of matter: 1) Solids, Liquids and Gases 2) Changes of State 3) Evaporation and Boiling Also includes a colourful worksheet on how to draw particle diagrams whilst avoiding common misconceptions and an open response assessment (no mark scheme). For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Computers and technology English vocabulary worksheet

Computers and technology English vocabulary worksheet

Computers and technology English vocabulary worksheets. Intended for beginner EfL learners. .pdf and .docx files included (each contain the same 2 worksheets). PowerPoint includes vocabulary list covered (as below) and visual aids. Worksheets test students on understanding and usage of the vocabulary learnt. LEVEL 1 Computer Email address Mobile phone Website Facebook Text message Download Letter Video LEVEL 2 Calculator Gadget Envelope Stamp Robot Agree Disagree Opinion Battery Laptop Smartphone For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Metal alloys lesson

Metal alloys lesson

A year 7 or 8 lesson on metal alloys. PowerPoint and worksheets included (at the back of the PowerPoint). LOs: To state what is meant by an alloy. To describe the uses of some alloys. To explain why an alloy can be stronger than a pure metal. 1. Do Now: Can you remember the names of these 4 metals? Which would you use to build a bridge? Why? 2. Exposition: Video (BBC) or exposition on alloys. Ask students to define what an alloy is (could be done via Think, Pair, Share). 3. Student Activity: Worksheet answering questions on alloys video (higher and scaffolded version included) 4. Student Activity: 'Information hunt' on what various alloys contain and what their applications are 5. Exposition: Why are alloys strong? Linking strength to microscopic structure 6. Plenary: Exam style question on why alloys are strong (keywords may be provided to help) For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Drawing particle diagrams worksheet

Drawing particle diagrams worksheet

A colourful worksheet for year 7 or 8 pupils on drawing particle diagrams. Includes tips on how to draw particle diagrams, avoiding some common misconceptions (eg. particles not touching in a liquid) and a 7 question worksheet to check understanding. The worksheet is uploaded both as PowerPoint (editable) and PDF files (same worksheet). For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Transition Metal Complexes

Transition Metal Complexes

Year 13 lesson on Transition Metal complexes (based on AQA syllabus). PowerPoint and worksheet included. Print out last 3 slides to hand out examples of TM complexes to students. LOs: To define key terms in relation to complex ion formation. To describe how the size of ligands affects the shape of complex ions. To explain how ligand charge determines the charge on a complex ion. 1. Do Now: Recap on transition metals 2. Student Activity: Think, pair, share - what does TM complex diagram show? 3. Student Activity: Students come to their own definitions of 'ligand' and 'coordination number' 4. Exposition: Monodentate, bidentate, tridentate terms introduced 5. Mini-plenary: Checkpoint activity asking for ligand, coordination number and shape for 3 new complexes 6. Student Activity: Students draw out bidentate ligand and answer questions 7. Exposition: Introduce and discuss various multi dentate ligands, perhaps introducing the term 'chelate' 8. Exposition: Explaining shapes of complexes with regard to the size of a ligand 9. Exposition: How to calculate total charges on complex ions 10. Independent Task: Students complete worksheet on TM complexes 11. Plenary: Recap of all new terms learnt, using 3 new TM complexes 12. Extension Task: Drawing TM complexes For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Forces lesson / revision lesson

Forces lesson / revision lesson

Year 7 or 8 lesson on Forces. Includes PowerPoint and worksheets (print from back of PowerPoint). LOs: To state the different forces To explain the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces To analyse data from forces experiments 1. Do Now: Recall questions on balanced forces and weight 2. Exposition: Reminder that forces can be push, pull or twist 3. Student Activity: Naming common names for forces (eg. thrust, lift, air resistance, friction) 4. Exposition: Non-contact forces and force diagrams using arrows 5. Mini-plenary: Forces quiz (MCQs) 6. Student Activity: Correcting force diagrams (then check answers) 7. Exposition: Resolving forces using force diagrams and simple addition/subtraction 8. Independent Task: Forces exam style questions 9. Plenary: Learning triangle For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Understanding diffusion lesson

Understanding diffusion lesson

Year 7 or 8 lesson on diffusion LOs: Describe the process of diffusion and its relation to the cell. Explain how different factors affect the speed of diffusion. Analyse results into an experiment of the factors which affect diffusion. Activities: 1. Do Now: Starter question on liquids and gases 2. Student Activity: Demonstration of diffusion using potassium permanganate, iodine or perfume 3. Exposition: Introduce the particle model of diffusion 4. Mini-plenary: Whiteboard quiz 5. Exposition: Diffusion in cells and the factors affecting the rate of diffusion 6. Independent Task: Diffusion worksheet 7: Plenary: Check for understanding question For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Evaporation and boiling lesson

Evaporation and boiling lesson

Year 8 lesson on evaporation and a comparison with boiling. PowerPoint and worksheets included (at back of PowerPoint). LOs: To describe the process of evaporation. To explain the differences between boiling and evaporation using the particle model. To investigate factors affecting evaporation. 1. Do Now: Underline Mr. Wrong’s mistakes 2. Group Activity: Think, pair, share - what is happening in the pictures? 3. Exposition: Explaining evaporation using the particle model 4. Exposition/Group Activity: Comparing evaporation to boiling 5. Student Activity: Students complete table comparing evaporation to boiling (highly scaffolded and less scaffolded versions available) 6. Mini-plenary: True or false quiz 7. Demonstration: Factors affecting evaporation (eg. wind speed, temperature, surface area, liquid being evaporated). Worksheet for students to complete. 8. Plenary/Reflection: What quality did I demonstrate today? For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Electrochemical cells worksheet - Voltaic / galvanic and electrolytic cells

Electrochemical cells worksheet - Voltaic / galvanic and electrolytic cells

A level or IB DP Chemistry worksheet on electrochemical cells. A table compares voltaic / galvanic and electrolytic cells, before students are asked to answer a number of questions on the differences. .pdf and .docx files included (same worksheet). For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce
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Mass Spectrometry questions

Mass Spectrometry questions

Key questions for year 12/year 13 on Mass Spectrometry. Answer key included. The topic of the questions is molecular mass spectrometry and assumes some prior knowledge on atomic mass spectrometry and isotopes. There are 10 questions, which are designed to test knowledge and understanding. They could be used as a homework task pre-lesson as part of 'flip' learning, or as an independent or group task, using text books/online research to answer them. For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Density of solids and liquids worksheet

Density of solids and liquids worksheet

For a lower set year 8 class. A highly scaffolded worksheet teaching students how to use the density formula to calculate densities of various solids. A cloze exercise testing understanding of key concepts about density.
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KS3 Assessment on Particles

KS3 Assessment on Particles

KS3 Assessment on Particles. This test is designed to be a formative assessment, with students able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the particle theory of matter both in short answer and extended open answer questions. The test does not include a mark scheme, but the teacher should be able to form a judgment on the current level of students from their responses. This test covers the following topics: Solids, liquids, gases Particle diagrams Changes of state Properties of solids, liquids and gases Brownian motion Melting and boiling points Heating and cooling curves For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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Understanding how sound travels through materials lesson

Understanding how sound travels through materials lesson

Year 7 or 8 lesson on understanding how sound travels through materials. LOs: To recognise how the speed of sound changes in different substances. To use the particle model to explain why sound cannot travel through a vacuum. To use the particle model to explain why there are differences when sound travels through solids, liquids and gases. Activities: 1. Do Now: Keyword match-up with definition 2. Student Activity: Fill in the gap sheet on how sound travels through different materials 3. Student Activity: Drawing a bar chart of the speed of sound through different materials 4. Mini-plenary: Drawing conclusions from the bar chart 5. Student Activity: Discussing the film poster tagline "In space no one can hear you scream" and adding scientific information 6. Independent Task: Drawing particle diagrams for solid, liquid and gas and using them to explain why sounds travels fastest through solids and slowest through gases 7. Plenary: 3,2,1 For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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DC (direct current) Motors and the motor effect lesson

DC (direct current) Motors and the motor effect lesson

Year 8 lesson on DC (direct current) motors and the motor effect. PowerPoint and worksheet included (at back of PowerPoint). The lesson involves students making a DC motor. LOs: To describe some uses of D.C. motors. To explain the effect of a magnetic field on a wire carrying an electric current. To explain how D.C. motors of different strengths are made. 1. Do Now: List objects with motors in them 2. Exposition: What is a motor and what is the energy transfer happening in them? 3. Student Activity: The motor effect reading comprehension 4. Mini-plenary: True or false quiz on the motor effect 5. Student Activity: Making a motor using wire, magnets, etc. 6. Exposition: How can you make the motor faster? 7. Plenary: Learning triangle For more resources check out my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alexpce If you liked this resource, please write a review! :)
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