Ions: It's all about electrons! (Tutorial and worksheet booklet, with answers)

Ions: It's all about electrons! (Tutorial and worksheet booklet, with answers)

After teaching and tutoring thousands of chemistry students over the years, I've found that the topic of ions tends to cause tremendous confusion (and is generally poorly understood).This is one of those fundamental topics that must be understood properly if students are going to learn about balancing equations, stoichiometry and advanced level chemistry later in in school. I created this resource booklet as a very clear way for students to understand the following: • What the period and group numbers tell us about the structure of an atom • What anions and cations are • How to use the group number of an element to figure out what kind of ion it will form Complete with full colour images, activities and answers; this booklet finally offers a clear and comprehensive explanation of this fundamental topic in chemistry. At the end there is also a link to a website, where students can take this topic to the next level and learn about ionic bonding and the formulae of ionic compounds. I've set the price at 2 pounds because this resource took a lot of time to create, and is of a very high quality. All images have no attribution (they have been self-created or obtained from www.pixabay.com)
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Isotopes Worksheet

Isotopes Worksheet

A basic worksheet for high ability GCSE classes and introductory 'A' -level classes all about isotopes. Students have to fill in the number of protons and neutrons for different isotopes.
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Atomic Structure Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

Atomic Structure Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

This is a really fun crossword puzzle and is the perfect quick starter or plenary to any GCSE level atomic structure lesson. The puzzle includes answers and covers the following key words: Ion Isotopes Neutron Negatively Mass number Atomic number Electron Proton Nucleus The file is a PowerPoint, so the puzzle can be easily printed or even projected on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in. Since it is out of ten marks, you can quickly determine a percentage score for each student too.
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The Periodic Table Worksheet (With Answers)

The Periodic Table Worksheet (With Answers)

A fun, clear, comprehensive and varied worksheet that works well as starter, plenary or as a chunk of the main body of lesson. Suitable for GCSE or IGCSE Chemistry, Science (Double Award) or Science (Single Award), this resource covers: 1.The meaning of 'group number' and how this relates to reactivity trends 2. How 'group number' relates to outer shell electrons 3. Names of groups in the periodic table 4. Similarities in reactivity between elements 5. Differences between elements and compounds Comes complete with answers. Great for peer or self-assessment. Included in this pack are both the word doc (which you can edit) and pdf versions.
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Periodic Table Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

Periodic Table Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

This is a fun (and moderately challenging) crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any periodic table class. This crossword tests students knowledge of: Group number Names of groups (e.g. The 'Halogens' are the group 7 elements) Symbols (e.g. Ca is the symbol for calcium) Properties (e.g. Potassium has similar properties to sodium because it is in the same group) This is a lot of fun and my students loved it. If your kids have never learnt anything about the periodic table before, then you could provide the students with a periodic table to help them as they do the puzzle. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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The Periodic Table Crossword Puzzle (Complete with Answers)

The Periodic Table Crossword Puzzle (Complete with Answers)

This is a fun (and moderately challenging) crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any class about the periodic table. Suitable for GCSE, IGCSE and pre-IB/AS - Level stduents, this crossword tests students’ knowledge of: 1. The meaning of 'group number' and how this relates to reactivity trends 2. How 'group number' relates to outer shell electrons 3. Names of groups in the periodic table 4. Names of elements found in particular groups 5. Real-life scenarios of elements (e.g. iron in red blood cells, silicon in computer chips) 6. Metals and non-metals 7. Alkali metals, noble gases, halogens and transition metals 8. Metalloids This is a lot of fun and your kids will love it. If your students have never learnt anything about the periodic table before, then you could provide the students with a summary to help them as they do the puzzle. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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Electron Shells Crossword Puzzle (Complete with Answers)

Electron Shells Crossword Puzzle (Complete with Answers)

This is an awesome crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any periodic table and electron shells class. This crossword tests students’ knowledge of: Order of filling of electrons Position of elements in the periodic table Electronic configurations of type 2,8,2 (s,p and d orbitals are not covered) This is a lot of fun and my students loved it. The kids will literally have to hunt through a periodic table to find answers to clues such as: This element has an electronic configuration of 2,7 This element has an electronic configuration of 2,8,5 The first three periods of the periodic table are tested. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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Elements, Compounds and Isotopes Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

Elements, Compounds and Isotopes Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

This is a fun (and moderately challenging) crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any class about elements, compounds and isotopes. This crossword tests students’ knowledge of: 1. The differences between elements and compounds in terms of physical structure, ease of separation and reactivity 2. Groups and periods in the periodic table, and how they relate to valence electron and shell number 3. The atomic definition of isotopes This is a lot of fun and your kids will love it. If your students have never learnt anything about elements, compounds and isotopes before, then you could provide the students with a summary to help them as they do the puzzle. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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GCSE Elements, Mixtures and Compounds

GCSE Elements, Mixtures and Compounds

A brilliant, well-illustrated, clear and varied worksheet that works well as starter, plenary or as a chunk of the main body of lesson. Suitable for GCSE or IGCSE Chemistry, Science (Double Award) or Science (Single Award), this resource covers: 1. The differences between elements and compounds in terms of physical structure (represented by diagrams), ease of separation and reactivity 2. Groups and periods in the periodic table, and how they relate to valence electron and shell number Comes complete with answers. Great for peer or self-assessment. Included in this pack are both the word doc (which you can edit) and pdf versions.
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Fraction Addition: 20 questions plus answers!

Fraction Addition: 20 questions plus answers!

Suitable for Key Stage 3 onwards, these questions allow practice in the addition of fractions. Denominators are different, and answers can be given in mixed or classical form! Brilliant as a starter or 'chunking' activity. Will keep students busy for a while.
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'AS' - Chemistry: Balancing Redox Equations Worksheet (With Answers)

'AS' - Chemistry: Balancing Redox Equations Worksheet (With Answers)

This worksheet provides ten questions that help the students to practice their skills in balancing redox equations by adjusting coefficients and by adding OH-, H20, and H+ where necessary. This worksheet is suitable for 'AS' - Level and IB Diploma Chemistry students. Syllabus reference: "Write ionic half-equations and use them to construct full ionic equations." (Edexcel 'AS' - Level Chemistry Specification, First Examinations 2014). Full answers are provided in this package. This is a perfect resource to use as a quick starter, plenary or homework. I have included both the pdf and docx files in this package. All images used have no attribution (they have been self-created or obtained from www.pixabay.com) '
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Chemistry: Solution Calculations

Chemistry: Solution Calculations

This incredibly clear PowerPoint goes through the key calculations involved in working out the mol/dm cubed for solutions. Suitable for 'A' - Level and IBDP students, this PowerPoint even includes some great questions at the end that the students can try for themselves.
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Using ICT to Enhance Learning: A Complete Guide for Teachers

Using ICT to Enhance Learning: A Complete Guide for Teachers

This is the fifth chapter in my book, offering a comprehensive guide to using ICT in education. FULLY UPDATED FOR 2015 This guide is guaranteed to revolutionise the way you teach. This guide will benefit you immensely as it describes: 1. How to use smart phones and tablets effectively in the classroom 2. How to make use of Google forms and ICT-based peer assessment - saving you time and energy! 3. How to use your school's VLE and blogs in creative ways 4. How to use social media in education 5. How to train students to adapt themselves to new technology If you want to really revolutionize the way you teach, then this is the guide for you!
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Radioactivity and Isotopes Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

Radioactivity and Isotopes Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

This is a fun (and moderately challenging) crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any radioactivity and isotopes class. This crossword tests students’ knowledge of: Isotopic/atomic structure The difference between alpha, beta and gamma radiation Knowledge of the isotopes of hydrogen (i.e. deuterium and tritium) Radioactive decay and half-life The use of Uranium-235 as an electricity generating fuel This is a lot of fun and my students loved it. If your kids have never learnt anything about the radioactivity and isotopes before, then you could provide the students with a summary to help them as they do the puzzle. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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DNA Structure Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

DNA Structure Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

This is a fun (and moderately challenging) crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any class about DNA structure. This crossword tests students’ knowledge of: The location of DNA in the cell The nucleotide as the basic building block of DNA Complimentary base pairing This is a lot of fun and your kids will love it. If your students have never learnt anything about DNA before, then you could provide the students with a summary to help them as they do the puzzle. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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Isotopes Worksheet: Definition, Uses and Symbols

Isotopes Worksheet: Definition, Uses and Symbols

This well-formatted worksheet is perfect for high-ability GCSE students and post-16 learners. It covers: The definition of isotopes (in terms of neutrons, protons and electrons) The uses of radioisotopes (along with examples for each use) Symbols for radioisotopes This sheet should keep your students busy for some time as they will need to do some research to find out the answers for each question. It also comes as a Word document, so is fully editable and easy to re-format if needs be.
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Introduction to Alkanes

Introduction to Alkanes

This PowerPoint presentation offers the perfect introduction to the alkanes unit of organic chemistry for advanced learners (e.g. 'A' - Level and IB students). Beautifully illustrated and clear, this resource will enhance your delivery of this topic immensely.
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Isotopes Worksheet

Isotopes Worksheet

A basic worksheet for high ability GCSE classes and introductory 'A' -level classes all about isotopes. Students have to fill in the number of protons and neutrons for different isotopes.
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Electrolysis Revision/Review Puzzle (with answers)

Electrolysis Revision/Review Puzzle (with answers)

This fun and dynamic resource is perfect for IGCSE, GCSE and MYP Chemistry students. It covers all of the essential vocabulary of electrolysis including: Anode Cathode Anion Cation Electrode Electrolyte REDCAT (Reduction at the cathode) OILRIG (Oxidation is loss, reduction is gain) PANCake (Positive Anode, Negative Cathode) You can use this fun activity as a starter, plenary or 'breaker' within the lesson. In this pack you get a pptx, pdf and a png file of the puzzle itself.
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Cells Worksheet with Answers

Cells Worksheet with Answers

This is a great worksheet for GCSE students and covers the basics of cell structure and function. I've included a pdf and a word doc version. It includes True/False questions, filling in the blanks, box matching and word choosing activities. Use this sheet as a quick starter, plenary or homework. Make sure you ask your kids to think of reasons behind the answers (especially the True/False questions). Get groups to write explanations for each answer to question 1 as a follow up activity (or as a good extension activity for students who finish early).
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Photosynthesis: Advanced Level Flow Chart (Blank and Filled in)

Photosynthesis: Advanced Level Flow Chart (Blank and Filled in)

This is a simple but effective tool for helping students to remember the key stages in Photosynthesis. Ideal for learners who are having difficulties transitioning from GCSE/IGCSE to A-Level/IB. You may wish to cut up the answers and provide the blank chart for students to stick them on, or simply provide the blank chart and get the students to try and fill it in. This chart covers: 1. The role of chlorophyll 2. The photolysis of water 3. The exchange of various (oxygen and carbon dioxide) 4. The role that hydrogen plays after photolysis is completed 5. Some chloroplast structure vocabulary (grana and stoma)
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Products from Crude Oil Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

Products from Crude Oil Crossword Puzzle (With Answers)

This is a fun (and challenging) crossword puzzle that would serve as an excellent starter, plenary or in-lesson activity for any products from crude oil class. This crossword tests students’ knowledge of: Fractional Distillation What oil is and how it is formed The different fractions obtained from crude oil Alkanes and cracking This is a lot of fun and my students loved it. If your kids have never learnt anything about the products of crude oil before then you could provide the students with a summary to help them as they do the puzzle. In this pack you get a PPTX (which you can edit), a pdf version and a png of the puzzle itself (in case you want to project it on your interactive whiteboard for students to fill in).
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Glycolysis Quick Quiz (With Answers)

Glycolysis Quick Quiz (With Answers)

This is the perfect starter, plenary or homework for any advanced biology lesson that introduces students to cellular respiration. This resource is suitable for 'A' - Level and IBDP students. This quick quiz (with answers) covers the following: 1. The differences between reduction and oxidation (essential prior knowledge for any student hoping to learn about respiration) 2. The four main stages of glycolysis There is also a handy acronym at the end that helps students to remember the four stages of glycolysis
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