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I teach general science and biology to 11-18 year olds and my focus in developing my resources has been to use co-operative learning techniques to engage pupils.

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I teach general science and biology to 11-18 year olds and my focus in developing my resources has been to use co-operative learning techniques to engage pupils.
Pressure theory and calculations made fun!
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Pressure theory and calculations made fun!

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I produced this resource so that I could make my lesson on pressure more interesting. My aim was to link it to everyday situations. Students are challenged to explain how the shape of objects affects the pressure they exert. RL.7.1 , RI.7.1 , W.7.1
Structure of the lungs
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Structure of the lungs

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The Powerpoint is a quiz. Students use the interactive whiteboard and double tap on the answer. I have added sound effects to each label. You can tell from the effect which answer is correct. If you enjoy it I have included a similar one for 'Cells
Interactive cells quiz
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Interactive cells quiz

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students note down the answers on paper first. When you are ready to mark, students volunteer to come up to the interactive whiteboard and double click over the label. They will hear an audio response. You can tell by the response whether the answer is
Boat Wars - Pirates of the Carribean theme!
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Boat Wars - Pirates of the Carribean theme!

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Pupils love this lesson. The task is for them to design and make a boat out of tin foil and sellotape, then compete against each other to find out how much mass their boat will hold before sinking. To make it more engaing I've based it around a Pirates of the Carribean theme. The worksheet makes sure they evaluate their own design and the winning one.
Rock Cycle Quiz with 'The Flintstones'
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Rock Cycle Quiz with 'The Flintstones'

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I designed this quiz to engage lower ability students. It is used to assess their progress in a fun way at the end of the Rocks topic. Students are given a sheet to note down their answers and this can be stuck into their exercise books afterwards. When y
Countdown clock
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Countdown clock

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I found this flash animation free on the internet and it was one of the best finds I've ever had. You can use it in any lesson when giving pupils 30s thinking time during quizzes. I hope you get as much enjoyment as I have with my classes.
The role of the liver and bile
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The role of the liver and bile

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I produced this set of storboards so pupils can work in pairs and use the labels and images to intrepret the role of bile. It frees the teacher so you can visit groups and offer support. I used this with a middle ability Year 11 class and they understood and remembered the role of the liver very well. I suggest you tell the pupils to write their ideas on post-it-notes, one for each box and then motivate the pupils to remember the story and quiz each other. I have included the worksheet which the pupils should complete from memory.
Fun way of introducing the Sound topic
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Fun way of introducing the Sound topic

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IMPORTANT - the second slide following the objectives if the fun part. Click on each image to hear a sound - the pointer will change to a hand. Students have to 'guess' what is making the sound and write down their responses in the first section
A PowerPoint presentation that plays as a show.
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A PowerPoint presentation that plays as a show.

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I made this as an introduction to the Earth & Space topic with the aim of gaining students interest. 'Rule the World' by Take That should play in the background. The song matches the presenation perfectly. I have found that the students really enjoy watching it.
Controlling blood glucose levels
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Controlling blood glucose levels

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This PowerPoint is to be used alongside the 'learning mat' and handout that is also uploaded.Since the emphasis of lesson observations has shifted so that teachers are expected to plan lessons that enable students to learn independently of the tea
Forces acting on speed
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Forces acting on speed

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Use the Powerpoint to teach students how forces affect speed. If you have an interactive whiteboard, pupils can add the forces and arrows onto the images on the Powerpoint. The video clips are from animation factory. The worksheet assesses pupils understanding.
Boardgame template with quiz question cards
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Boardgame template with quiz question cards

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I designed this boardgame to assess students understanding at the end of the subject. Print out the boardgame template in color and enlarge it onto paper. Print the questions onto the back of the cartoon cards. You will need to buy dice and counters. When someone lands on a question mark, the person to the right picks up a card and reads out the question. If the student answers correctly, he/she can move the number of spaces given on the card.
Respiration Storyboard -  pupils do the work!
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Respiration Storyboard - pupils do the work!

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An independent learning acitivity where you are free to visit and question groups. Pupils interpret the images in each box and write their ideas on post-it-notes. They learn to use labels and images and are able to discuss ideas. I have made the story accessible to all abilities. I have included a variety of worksheets which pupils can complete once they have learned the process of respiration.
The Nervous System - Christopher Reeve and paralys
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The Nervous System - Christopher Reeve and paralys

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I designed this storyboard for independent learning. Pupils work in pairs to interpret each image and write their answers on post-it-notes for each box. Pupils use the labels and images to learn in detail the path of a nerve impulse. The worksheet assesses their understanding by applyng it to Christopher Reeve and his paralysis. I have included markschemes so pupils can self assess and correct their work.
Summary of digestion task
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Summary of digestion task

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Use the powerpoint to describe the task to your class. Students complete the corresponding worksheet. Then display the mark scheme on the powerpoint and students either self assess or peer asses their work using the markscheme. They can then use another coloured pen to show their improvements/ what they missed out. I have included two types of co-operative learning quizzes for your to use as revision prior to the activity. Rally quiz. Give each pair a card. They ask a question each - like a rally. Answers are included on the card. For fan and pick, students work in groups of 4. Student 1 fans the set of cards, student 2 selects a card and passes it to number 3 who reads the question. Student 4 answers. If it is wrong, 3 coaches. The students rotate responsibilities clockwise until all questions have been answered.