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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Psychology paper 1 revision powerpoint  AQA

Psychology paper 1 revision powerpoint AQA

This bundle includes two revision powerpoints for each of the four topics in Paper 1. They are arranged in a similar style to an exam essay and can be used in teacher lead revision sessions or for independent revision. Each slide show includes A01 theory, research evidence and A03 evaluation points. Relevent exam questions, research method reminder questions and student tasks are integrated throughout.
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Accuracy of Eye witness testimony EWT revision

Accuracy of Eye witness testimony EWT revision

Two PowerPoint slideshows that can be used to run through the theory and evaluative points of two popular concepts from the memory unit The effects of Anxiety on EWT the effects of misleading information on EWT Each PowerPoint has a practice research methods equation and a student activity.
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OCD explanations and therapies revision

OCD explanations and therapies revision

Two PowerPoint slideshows that can be used to run through the theory and evaluative points of two difficult concepts from the psychopathology unit. Explanations of OCD Therapies and treatment of OCD
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Addicition and risk factors

Addicition and risk factors

Introduction to the AQA A Psychology unit addiciton. The PowerPoint is designed as a Essay run through and will be useful for revision or as independent work that can be set to students electronically.
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Memory models revision (Multi store memory model and working memory model)

Memory models revision (Multi store memory model and working memory model)

powerPoints run through the questions “outline and evaluate research into the MSM (16 marks)” and "Discuss research into the working memory model (16 marks). The slideshow would be perfect to run through in a revision session, classroom revision or to be set for independent work to prepare students for their up and coming examinations.
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Biopsychology scheme of work AQA A

Biopsychology scheme of work AQA A

PowerPoints and worksheets that focus on the AO1, AO2 and AO3 objective criteria to the latest AQA A specification. The Scheme of work consists of easy to use PowerPoints and worksheets as well as activities such as a jelly brain dissection, neuron carousel experiment and end of topic assessment.
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Making christmas decorations: Copper plating aluminium

Making christmas decorations: Copper plating aluminium

The naughty elves have stolen the Christmas decorations from the "chemistree" in the classroom (oh no!) Students follow the PowerPoint steps to copper plate a piece of aluminium to make a Christmas decoration they can take home (or decorate your chemistree). -Students identify equipment and risks -Remove the aluminium oxide layer using acid -Use a simple electrolysis to plate the aluminium in copper. This makes a great science club activity (focussing on the procedure and practical element) as well as a relevant end of term treat for KS4. Merry Christmas!
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Isotopes, mass number and relative atomic mass

Isotopes, mass number and relative atomic mass

In the first lesson students use the hook of Ramesses II and carbon dating to introduce the idea of isotopes. Following the PowerPoint, students test their knowledge with a series of questions. In the second lesson students use sodium as an example to explore the idea of relative atomic mass. Students run through calculating relative atomic masses from isotope abundances and use their knowledge to answer the questions.
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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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Separating a Mixture: Iron, sand and salt

Separating a Mixture: Iron, sand and salt

Students are introduced to the "horrific", yet incredibly improbable event of three lorries each containing sand, iron fillings and salt colliding. Their loads have been perfectly mixed and need separating... Students will work in groups to decide on how they might use their allocated equipment to separate these substances. Using content from the "ocean-clean up lesson", and "sieving for gold" lesson students will extract the iron fillings with magnets, use filtration to remove the sand filtrate and evaporation to remove the salt from the water.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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