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I have taught secondary school science, Chemistry being my specialism, for 28 years. I have developed and used my resources in my own lessons, usually in response to a specific need or a gap in provision. I like resources that are multifaceted in the way they are used, if possible, so that they can be easily adapted to the needs of different classes, without necessarily having to alter them. I share my most frequently and successfully used here. I am now tutoring Chemistry online.

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I have taught secondary school science, Chemistry being my specialism, for 28 years. I have developed and used my resources in my own lessons, usually in response to a specific need or a gap in provision. I like resources that are multifaceted in the way they are used, if possible, so that they can be easily adapted to the needs of different classes, without necessarily having to alter them. I share my most frequently and successfully used here. I am now tutoring Chemistry online.
Energy level diagrams, bonds energies, enthalpy.
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Energy level diagrams, bonds energies, enthalpy.

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The powerpoint and the tutorial together move students from simple energy level diagrams through to quantitative calculations of enthalpy of a reaction using bond energies. Molymods are needed to follow throught the activity on the slides and a bunsen burner burning is intended to be the reaction they see and write the equation for at the beginning of the starter.
Diffusion
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Diffusion

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Worksheet with diagrams for students to describe and explain the brown gas diffusion experiment. Its worth printing this one out in colour - that usually goes down well.
Surface area and size of the particles or parts.
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Surface area and size of the particles or parts.

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A range of concrete activites for students to explore the relationship between the size of particles or parts and the total surface area. Concept is important in explaining the function of alveoli in the lungs, villi in the intestine, particle size in reaction rate and catalysis. The concept can be explored at differentiated levels from the basic idea to deriving a quantitative relationship, depending on age, ability and context. Additional activities are included to demonstrate the functionality of moisture and thinness of the walls in the alveoli.
Match the acid and base to form the salt.
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Match the acid and base to form the salt.

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Spagetti junction matching activity. Indicate which acid and other reactant need to be put together to make the salt named in the middle. Quick starter for KS4 or quick plenary/extension for KS3 students.
The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Rate
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The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Rate

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Differentiated, multiple choice lesson to introduce the effect of temperature on the rate of reaction. Alternative activities can be used in subsequent lessons. Allows the focus to be on Reaction Rates or How Science Works, with options to tie activites to the AQA ISA framework for GCSE Chemistry.
EDEXCEL Organic Chemistry Synthetic Routes
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EDEXCEL Organic Chemistry Synthetic Routes

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Are your EDEXCEL A level Chemistry students struggling to remember all those Organic reactions? Help them to conquer the confusion and answer those reaction pathways questions like a PRO. The linked video shows how to turn those pathways charts into a game so they can learn them painlessly. Easy peasy! This set of charts covers the EDEXCEL A level Chemistry specification specifically. Red boxes show reagent and conditions. Green boxes show the functional group. Blue boxes are reaction mechanism and type. Purple boxes contain further annotations or points to note.
Digestive System LearningGame
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Digestive System LearningGame

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KS3 Biology. Activity to learn the parts of the Digestive system and their function. Can be used in a variety of ways: Slide 1&2 as a cut and stick; slide 1 for students to label what they know and find out what they don't know - possible homework. Class learning or revision activity - print out onto A3 and laminate the first slide, print the second onto card and cut out. Students work in pairs or groups to place cards onto the diagrams. This method works well as a game in the style of Beetle Drive, where they are put under time pressure and then have to move round to take up where another group have left off. The answer slide can be put up to check, or printed out and given to other students to check to make sure the first group to finish has completed the activity correctly. Rewards, forfeits, music all add to the fun. Can be used individually - look, cover, place, check.
Respiratory System Learning Game
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Respiratory System Learning Game

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KS3 Biology. Activity to learn the parts of the Respiratory system. Can be used in a variety of ways: Slide 1&2 as a cut and stick; slide 1 for students to label what they know and find out what they don't know - possble homework. Class learning or revision activity - print out onto A3 and laminate the first slide, print the second onto card and cut out. Students work in pairs or groups to place cards onto the diagrams. This method works well as a game in the style of Beetle Drive, where they are put under time pressure and then have to move round to take up where another group have left off. The answer slide can be put up to check, or printed out and given to other students to check to make sure the first group to finish has completed the activity correctly. Rewards, forfeits, music all add to the fun. Can be used individually - look, cover, place, check.
Formula triangle
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Formula triangle

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Print on A3 and laminate. To help students who struggle with rearranging formulae to do calculations. Use with a formula card and the relevant quantity and units card. Referring to the formula card, put the quantities that are multiplied on the bottom sections of the triangle and the other on the top. The quantity being asked for in any particular problem can be removed and leave the relevant formula arrangement to do the calculations. Activity can help students to learn how to create their own rearrangement triangle from learned formula. (AQA GCSE Physics 1-9)
Introduction to Hydrocarbons in Oil
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Introduction to Hydrocarbons in Oil

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Introductory less on to crude oil. Differentiated starter to introduce the connection between the size of a hydrocarbon and its boiling point and Fractional Distillation of crude oil
Physics formulae and standard units.
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Physics formulae and standard units.

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Help students of all abilities to learn the formula needed for GCSE Physics and the relevant standard units; to work with rearranging the subject of the formula, for those who find algebra more challenging, by learning how to construct and then use a formula triangle.
SPLAT games
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SPLAT games

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Useful lists to drive home a general learning point with plenty of examples. An enjoyable, noisy category sort, if you like that sort of thing...which I do, with the right class!
GCSE Physics Formulae
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GCSE Physics Formulae

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Flashcards to help students to learn the formulae for GCSE physics. Can be used individually or for paired learning. Standard units are given on the other side to use and learn. Cards from a particular topic can be selected and displayed for students to choose the appropriate formula to apply to a particular problem. Higher tier formulae and those supplied on the sheet are also included, and some blanks to add your own. (AQA 1-9)
Standard Units and Quantities
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Standard Units and Quantities

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GCSE Physics. Flashcards with the symbol on one side and standard units on the other to help students learn the standard units for differnet quantities. Use individually or for paired learning. Printing the cards out one sided will also provide a resource for straight forward matching activities, or playing pairs or snap - matching the units to the quantity. (AQA GCSE Physics 1-9)
States of Matter and Change of State.
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States of Matter and Change of State.

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Summary worksheets on the keywords describing change of state and the properties of and particle descriptions of solids, liquids and gases. The States of Matter worksheets are for different abilities and the keyword fill may be used as a preparatory sheet for students to find the keywords, or simply as an annotation sheet used in conjunction with the presentation. The wordbank cards have the meanings as well as the words and these or the flashcards may be used in conjunction with the keyword fill sheet for students to place the words before writing them down. The flashcards can be used in class for peer learning and checked with a quick quiz. Although intended for lower ability students, the longer "States of Matter cut and stick" worksheet can be useful in general on a Friday afternoon. "States of Matter - match" is intended for middle ability students and "States of matter" for higher ability.