Disney's Up! Expansion and Contraction

Disney's Up! Expansion and Contraction

Russell the Wilderness Explorer wants to earn his expansion and contraction badge, can you help? Students become adventure explorers and earn badges by defining key terms from earlier on in the unit. Students watch classic demonstrations (could be completed as class experiments) and video clips from the movie to help them explain why particles expand when heated and contract during cooling. Higher students are introduced to the idea of density before answering and evaluating an assessed question. I used this lesson very successfully in an Ofsted observation. Students find this lesson incredibly engaging- I thought I'd share this resource for free due to the Disney copy right issues etc.
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Jumping in Space: How Much Do You Mass?

Jumping in Space: How Much Do You Mass?

Students use their understanding of mass and weight to test how high they can jump on different planets. Using metre rulers, calculators and some enthusiasm students can multiply their average jump by the relative mass of each of the planets in the solar system. This lesson was pitched to a low ability class that needed an active way to practice their mathematics skills.
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Simple distillation: Have I been poisoned?

Simple distillation: Have I been poisoned?

Students assist Doctor Gregory House M.D in diagnosing a patient of an unknown illness. Students use the diagnosis cards to discuss which disease or disorder the patient is suffering from. Students discover that the patient must be poisoned with arsenic, Oooo-eeer! Students learn about Simple Distillation equipment through a poster relay task. After the teacher discusses the explanation of removing soluble solutes the students complete a worksheet demonstrating their understanding.
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Conservation of Mass: Can Professor McG actually transfigure into a cat?

Conservation of Mass: Can Professor McG actually transfigure into a cat?

Students remind themselves of what are common indicators of a chemical reaction and watch the video link of Professor McG transfiguring into a cat from the first Harry Potter movie. Students then watch a demonstration of Lead nitrate + Potassium Chloride --> Lead chloride and Potassium nitrate. Students then calculate the masses of the reactants and products. After watching a clip of Antone Lavoisiuer of proving the conservation of mass, students use their knowledge to complete a series of questions
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Genetic explanations of Anorexia

Genetic explanations of Anorexia

Students complete a 6 mark question related to outlining the clinical symptoms of anorexia nervosa and compare it to a model answer. Divide an A3 piece of paper into three and pass it to three groups in the class. Students use the textbook to write brief descriptions about relative theories and studies. After running through the PowerPoint students complete an applied question related to the genetic factors and compare it to a model answer.
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Psychology Summer quiz

Psychology Summer quiz

A nice way to finish off the Year for Year 12 students. A range of topics including: Psychologists in the Sun Disney disorders Localisation of the brain (match) Peer question round As well as traditional: Food and drink Summer knowledge Music round
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Interpreting change of states: plotting graphs

Interpreting change of states: plotting graphs

Students use their results from a previous experiment of melting an ice cube to plot an annotated line graph. Documents are pitched towards a first term Year 7 class. Scaffolded work can be removed and higher differentiated sheet can be used for higher ability KS3 classes who can already plot line graphs independently. Students consolidate their understanding of melting points by applying it to unusual examples such as gallium metal.
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Research  methods Scheme of Work (psychology AQA A)

Research methods Scheme of Work (psychology AQA A)

A complete research methods unit based around the new AQA A AS level syllabus. Fifteen lessons including PowerPoints (with lesson instructions), class activities, worksheets, articles and homeworks. (based around the AS complete companion AS/1 Fourth edition Cardwell & Flanagan) 1) Forming a Hypothesis (using a simple reaction time experiment) 2) Control Vs realism (introduction to the scientific method and vocabulary) 3) Experimental problems (introduction to demand characteristics and investigator effects) 4)Experimental Design (card sort of the designs and evaluations) 5) Sampling methods (class 'sampling pizza rotation task) 6) Types of experiment (Natural Vs Quasi) 7) Observation studies- Students design an observational experiment 8 + 9 ) Ethical issues (Students discuss the most unethical psychological experiments in history using a card sort) 10) Self reports (introduction to questionnaires and interviews) 11) Constructing a questionnaire 12) Central tendency (more lecture style) 13) Correlation studies (students collect data regarding themselves and spot trends) 14)Inferential testing (students practice the S-test) 15) Peer review
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Introduction to Acids (New GCSE spec)

Introduction to Acids (New GCSE spec)

Students complete reminder questions related to KS3 Acids and Alkali unit. students are introduced to acids as substances that donate hydrogen ions in solution (as per the new spec). This is demonstrated with some PowerPoint animations. Students complete a range of questions to demonstrate their understanding.
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Acids and concentration

Acids and concentration

Students complete reminder questions related to the definition of acids by joining the lines to the correct definition. Students complete an experiment by dissolving magnesium ribbon in different concentrations of acid and timing the rate of reaction. This is related to the idea of concentration of hydrogen ions present.
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Acid base formula crib sheet

Acid base formula crib sheet

Can be glued in the back of students books to help them construct the formulae of different acids and bases using the ion charges.
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Acid base reactions

Acid base reactions

Students complete a six mark question to remind themselves about ionic bonds, inter-molecular forces and molecules. Students are introduced to the common acids and base formulae. Students run through a range of word equation and formula equation tasks using the worksheet and sorting cards. The formula crib sheet supplements this resource.
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Outline and Evaluate the Multi Store Memory Model (16 marks)

Outline and Evaluate the Multi Store Memory Model (16 marks)

Students use a multi-store car park a model to demonstrate their understanding of outlining the model. Students are reminded of what skills can be demonstrated in outline and evaluate questions. A quick summary of supporting and refuting evidence as well as some of the key limitations of the model. Students use the summary essay sheet to write a model answer in class.
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Types of Long Term Memory (LTM) Psychology AQA-A (New Spec)

Types of Long Term Memory (LTM) Psychology AQA-A (New Spec)

-Students attempt two short answer exam questions before looking at model answers and ways to improve. -student watch a clip from Pixel inside out and explain why it might be a good representation of LTM. Students sort cards into categories and justify their choice. From this three definitions of LTM are formed. PowerPoint includes details of relevant studies and a worksheet to take notes on before completing two more relevant exam questions.
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Compressing particles: Air in the brakes!

Compressing particles: Air in the brakes!

KS3 problem solving lesson to discover what caused a train to crash. Students develop an understanding of whether or not solids, liquids and gases can be compressed using a simple experiment. Students use the results from their experiment to explain whether air leaking into the brakes may have caused the crash.
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Conservation of Mass and reacting masses: New Spec Edexcel Sc9

Conservation of Mass and reacting masses: New Spec Edexcel Sc9

Students watch the teacher demonstrate lead nitrate reacting with Potassium Iodide, Copper reacting with oxygen and Magnesium reacting with hydrochloric acid to demonstrate conservation of mass in a closed and enclosed system. Students learn how to calculate reacting masses using a worked demo Students practice their knowledge by answering a series of questions Based upon page 74-75 of the Edexcel new specification
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Moles: A practical demonstration: Edexcel new specification SC9

Moles: A practical demonstration: Edexcel new specification SC9

Students are introduced to the idea that moles are an amount of things similar to pairs and dozen. Using the PowerPoint student are introduced to Avogadro's constant and that a relative atomic mass in grams equals one mole of an atom. Students complete a experiment in which the rotate around the room to weigh different amounts of substances in beakers to calculate how many moles are present. Students use the mass of the beaker and the symbol formula (written on the side) to calculate the mass/mmr. Students practice rearranging the calculation.
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Calculations involving masses New Spec Edexcel Chemistry SC9

Calculations involving masses New Spec Edexcel Chemistry SC9

A collection of lesson resources to facilitate the teaching of topic 9: Calculations involving masses from the new Edexcel Chemistry specification. The bundle includes a range of PowerPoint and resources that include: -worked examples -clear explanations -A range of relevant practicals -Practice questions
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Empirical Formula GCSE Edexcel New Spec SC9

Empirical Formula GCSE Edexcel New Spec SC9

Students are introduced for the need of ratios in chemical reactions before running through a worked example on the PowerPoint. Students complete the famous magnesium oxide crucible experiment before completing a range of calculations.
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Concentration: GCSE Edexcel New Spec SC9

Concentration: GCSE Edexcel New Spec SC9

Students are introduced to the acid bath murderer of Crawley. After watching a quick clip students see the reaction between concentrated sulfuric acid (20ml) and sugar (50ml). Students use the PowerPoint slides to gain an understanding of concentration and practice a few calculations. Students follow a series of instructions to make a standard solution of calcium sulfate.
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Balancing Equations using a methane bottle rocket

Balancing Equations using a methane bottle rocket

-Students remind themselves of the indicators of a chemical reactions. -The powerpoint runs through the definitions of reactants, products, and the conservation of mass. -Teacher demos magnesium ribbon burning in oxygen to form magnesium oxide, using this to remind students of word equations. -Combustion is used as an example to explain balancing symbol equations. Students could use moli-mods at this point. -Teacher uses the risk assessment/instruction sheet to make a methane (below is a link to my twitter account demonstrated the rocket) rocket before students complete some more questions from the PowerPoint below is a link to my twitter account demonstrating the rocket in a science club https://quik.gopro.com/v/oxR1vLo0Dz/ https://twitter.com/neatguy_watson?lang=en
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insulation: Keeping Iron man warm...

insulation: Keeping Iron man warm...

Student's use simple pieces of equipment to choose a suitable material to pad the inside of Iron man&'s armor. Students then evaluate their choice. This can be completed over two lessons to allow adequate planning time.
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