Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

This resource enables students to make models and then evaluate them. It is an interesting way to teach/review this topic and the students get very engaged. The students evaluate each other's work and in this way review their knowledge twice over. You can use this resource to either teach this topic with the power point and worksheets provided and then review it which would take about 2 lessons or use this as a revision session which is one lesson. Many schools are using DIRT (dedicated, improvement, reflection time.) and this lesson(s) exemplify this.
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Evolution. KS2 practical activity and resources

Evolution. KS2 practical activity and resources

A primary colleague asked me how she could incorporate some practical activity when teaching evolution to Year 6. This activity models different types of bird catching a variety of prey and how their success rate might change given a different environment. It was a huge success with Year 6. The presentation sets the scene and the students experience recording results and interpreting them. The results we got from our class are included and there is a worksheet on these that can be used or adapted. There is scope for questioning the students about reliability of results and whether this is a valid way of collecting data.
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Teaching classification KS2 - one to two lessons worth of resources

Teaching classification KS2 - one to two lessons worth of resources

Tried and tested for Year 6 and written by a secondary school biology teacher, these activities work well. Particularly suited for teachers not confident with the content of this part of the science curriculum. Students have some "hands-on" activities and they learn the characteristics of the major groups. There are activities included on using and devising keys. There is enough material here for 2 hours work or more.
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Lesson on Uses of Plant Hormones. (AQA GCSE)

Lesson on Uses of Plant Hormones. (AQA GCSE)

This resource tests students' application of knowledge and analysis as well as delivering the essential knowledge needed. The power point and worksheet were 5 star-rated resources when posted separately on TES. They are combined here with a lesson plan an additional worksheet and an answer sheet to give enough material for a whole lesson. There are also ideas for demonstrations as starters for this lesson.
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5 lessons for the plant phobic - with practicals that work

5 lessons for the plant phobic - with practicals that work

Uncertain about teaching about plants at GCSE and KS3? Here are 5 lessons - 2 about plant responses and hormones, one about the new bit in the GCSE about plant diseases, one about the leaf as an organ and one for KS3 on plant reproduction.
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KS3 Reflection and Refraction homework or review sheet

KS3 Reflection and Refraction homework or review sheet

Ideal if you want a quick homework and/or review of work done on reflection and refraction to see if students have understood basic principles. There is an answer sheet for self-marking or peer-marking and this is also presented on a power point - time-saving for the teacher!
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A level Respiration Review and Revision

A level Respiration Review and Revision

This has a handy way to help students memorise the Kreb's cycle. There are diagrams illustrating various steps in respiration with questions for students to answer. This is useful to review or revise the topic. There is a power point with answers and a word document with answers to allow some differentiation in the way students mark their work.
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Health and Disease Resources GCSE2016

Health and Disease Resources GCSE2016

Here are two lessons of resources for the new science GCSE ( 2016) unit on Health and Disease. Written for the AQA scheme but will apply to other boards. Initially there are pictures to provoke thoughts about health and what health means.There is a differentiated literacy activity on different types of disease. It also contains a practical activity illustrating how diseases are communicated, which can be extended to allow students to analyse the data collected and develop mathematical skills. Finally there is some information and there are differentiated activities about the interactions between diseases. The resource contains a power point and accompanying lesson plan. There are instructions for the practical simulation and a worksheet about types of disease.
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Teaching Phototropism and Geotropism instructions for practical work and worksheets

Teaching Phototropism and Geotropism instructions for practical work and worksheets

A whole lesson resource. These practicals give a different take to the usual practical investigations and links to real experimental work going on in space! A starter grabs the attention with a stunning picture of a plant grown on the ISS. There are worksheets for the students and questions on the power point. Additional easier worksheet for some students. Suitable for KS4 Trilogy or Triple Biology.
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Pond Information cards for making food chains and game.

Pond Information cards for making food chains and game.

This resource is a top trumps style game that teaches information about adaptations, habitat and place in the food chain of a variety of pond creatures. Each of the pages listed has a set of 4 cards. Students can use the cards for information to make food chains and find out about adaptations. They can also play "top trumps" using the cards. It is suitable for Year 4 when teaching habitats and food chains and Year 5 when teaching life cycles. It could be used with a lower ability Year 7 or 8 class when teaching food chains and webs.
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Measuring diffusion practical.

Measuring diffusion practical.

This is a whole-lesson resource. Most diffusion practicals involve observation only - this resource asks students to measure and calculate. Further it has a set of results, obtained by real Year 7 students and a graph of their results. This is so all students have a standard set of results to compare their own results with and a standard set to interpret, so you can check their understanding. This resource also challenges students to use their knowledge of particles to help them analyse the results of comparing two different concentrations of acid.
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KS3 (and 4) Science - working scientifically. Microscope Licence - Assessment and Certificate

KS3 (and 4) Science - working scientifically. Microscope Licence - Assessment and Certificate

This whole-lesson resource provide you with an assessment of how well students can use a microscope and their knowledge of microscopes and cells. It works very well with KS3 students, but I have also used it as revision with KS4 students. There is an incentive to do well as each student will receive a certificate for completion of the practical work. This resource has materials for a whole one hour lesson.
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History of Atomic Structure

History of Atomic Structure

Why choose this resource? It has a timeline that students can make notes on underneath headings. It uses literacy skills as students locate the correct information from the notes on a separate sheet. This is for GCSE Science students studying the history of atomic theory. It worked well with my Year 10 group.
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Using a Potometer to measure water uptake in different environmental conditions.

Using a Potometer to measure water uptake in different environmental conditions.

This is a whole lesson resource. Using a potometer for real is tricky and gives temperamental results. Provided you have access to the internet this resource provides you with a whole lesson where your class can collect data from a simulation and record the results which your class can then analyse,using the questions on the worksheet.The worksheet has differentiated questions and it also goes over the relevant practical investigation-style questions that your students may encounter.
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Testing for Vitamin C - practical work and questions.

Testing for Vitamin C - practical work and questions.

This is a whole lesson resource and was written for National Diploma BTEC Applied Science Level 3 , Unit 8. However it could be used to extend KS3 students in working scientifically. Sadly not included at GCSE any more. It has background information, practical instructions and a set of results that students can analyse, so you can check their understanding. Useful for non-biology specialists that are teaching this BTEC course.
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New KS3 Lesson on Plant Reproduction - pollination, with practical work

New KS3 Lesson on Plant Reproduction - pollination, with practical work

Why choose this resource? It provides material for a whole lesson. It has instructions for a piece of practical work that the students will enjoy and helps them learn skills such as manipulation and dissection. The practical work is directly linked to the task of learning the parts of the flower. It has some clear diagrams that help explain pollination and some great pictures. It has differentiated tasks and a homework!
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Plant organs and tissues - new AQA GCSE Science;  leaf as an example - includes practical

Plant organs and tissues - new AQA GCSE Science; leaf as an example - includes practical

Why choose this resource? It has the most brilliant way for students to see stomata - you will never use a different method again! Apart from which there are ready made plan diagrams of a leaf for students to annotate and 3 different presentations of information for them to interpret depending on their ability. The power point explains meristems which has appeared in the AQA trilogy, ( never seen it at GCSE before!)
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