Germs and food hygiene - microorganisms, pathogens, contamination, debates and much more

Germs and food hygiene - microorganisms, pathogens, contamination, debates and much more

At least a double lesson worth of content and activities to discuss food hygiene. It can be used in various subjects: SCIENCE (Biology) to link to microorganisms, pathogens and disease (including Semmelweis) FOOD TECH to discuss the importance of handling food correctly and avoiding contamination TUTOR TIME/PSHE to discuss cleanliness Most activities are quick and require minimal preparation (details of milk practical are included in word file) The debate can be spread over to another lesson allowing you to set preparation for homework Extension activities are mentioned in notes sections as are links to further information about topics should you wish to cover a topic in more detail
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Classroom expectations activity

Classroom expectations activity

To be used at the start of the year or whenever you feel your class need a reminder about how to behave in your classroom. The resource provides some ideas on classroom rules but essentially encourages the students to come up with their own rules with you in order to share the responsibility. I use it when I start working with a new class, at the start of each term and refer back to it at any point I feel the students need reminding. Keeping a uniform Power Point keeps consistency.
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Making sherbet, kitchen chemistry - fun activity with scientific explanation for reaction

Making sherbet, kitchen chemistry - fun activity with scientific explanation for reaction

A method for making sherbet in the classroom There is opportunity for design and creativity to design packaging and a name for their sherbet which could be used as a cross curricular opportunity with the DT/Art department or as part of your schools STEM development. I have included a small section of food hygiene but please ensure all equipment is clean (I borrow equipment from the food tech department) A bit of fun but also a link to Chemistry in real life and encourages students to think about the reactions happening around them. Can be used for all ages
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Cells, batteries and FUEL CELLS - whole lesson plus example exam questions

Cells, batteries and FUEL CELLS - whole lesson plus example exam questions

A lesson (double) covering all content for GCSE combined/Chemistry for cells, batteries and fuel cells 3 exam questions to use as assessment, some recommended as part of the lesson plan, others for extension Power Point is easy to follow with student tasks throughout to make lesson interactive (most answers given as part of presentation) Based on AQA but transferable across other specifications
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Centre of mass/gravity lesson with multiple activities

Centre of mass/gravity lesson with multiple activities

A double lesson covering centre of mass with lots of fun interactive activities and a more detailed investigation. Group activities, individual challenges, class investigation and application opportunities There are so many ways to investigate centre of mass, this resource puts some of these ideas in one place and provides instruction and worksheets to support lesson Additional resources are needed and some preparation time will be required for some activities, however feel free to leave these out as others are more straight forward
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Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween SCIENCE based activities

Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween SCIENCE based activities

We all love celebrating Halloween but we don't often know why Halloween is celebrated. These resources cover some of he historical aspects of Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The activities are linked to areas of various science curricula but is on the whole a cross-curricular resource for use around October 31st/November 1st. Suitable for all ages as you can select appropriate activities for your age group The topics covered include: The history of the Day of the Dead, Halloween and All Saints Day Ofrenda and the classical elements, earth, wind, fire and water Marigolds and their significance (plant dissection) The monarch butterfly and its significance (life cycle of a butterfly) The cyclical nature of agriculture (intensive farming, organic farming, hydroponics etc.) Each resource has multiple activities including basic discussion tasks and more detailed research based tasks. Where possible I have added ideas for alternative ways to carry out the activity in-case you wish to use it as a tutor time activity or whole lesson plan I hope this to be a multi-national resource as we all celebrate in different ways and our beliefs and traditions are all influenced by different historical events.
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Reversible reactions, equilibrium and Le Chatelier's principle PP and activity

Reversible reactions, equilibrium and Le Chatelier's principle PP and activity

A PP covering the AQA specification for Chemistry module 5.6.2 of the new AQA combined science Trilogy specification. The activity is to support the powerpoint and can be a whole class, group task or independent task (answers are provided). I have included some application questions to help students to link prior learning and extend understanding as well as help them to think outside the box. The PP is designed to help reduce your planning time by providing you with the main specification points for each topic so you can focus on making lessons creative and engaging. Each sub-topic includes a few quick multiple choice questions (MCQ) to assess students learning (AFL) Topics covered: Reversible reactions Energy changes and reversible reactions Equilibrium Effect of changing conditions on equilibrium (HT) Effect of changing concentration (HT) Effect of temperature (HT) Effect of pressure (HT) I hope to have covered the entire year 11 course for the new specification (biology, Chemistry and Physics) by summer 2017 so please keep checking for more resources. I will also be making assessments to go alongside the resources ready for September
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OCR AS/A level Chemistry module 3, Periodic table and energy, PP and activities

OCR AS/A level Chemistry module 3, Periodic table and energy, PP and activities

Two Power Points covering the whole of module 3 for OCR AS/Year 1 Chemistry (Periodic table and energy) M3.1 Periodic table PP - 56 slides with activities included M3.2 Physical Chemistry - 113 slides with activities included Key word match up is for the standard enthalpy definitions (some additional definitions to spec but it extends their understanding an helps them to understand the definitions rather than just memorise them) RSC Problem - A little Gas is a nice research based activity to consolidate understanding after you have taught the Maxwell-Boltzman distribution M3.1 Specification areas covered: Periodic table Periodicity Periodic trend in electrical configuration and ionisation energy Periodic trend in structure and melting point Redox reactions and reactivity of group 2 metals Reactions of group 2 compounds The halogens Redox reactions and reactivity of halogens and their compounds Characteristic reactions of halide ions Qualitative analysis Tests for ions M3.2 Specification areas covered: Enthalpy changes: ΔH of reaction, formation, combustion and neutralisation Bond enthalpies Hess’ law and enthalpy cycles Reaction rates Simple collision theory Catalysts The Boltzmann distribution Chemical equilibrium Dynamic equilibrium and le Chatelier’s principle The equilibrium constant, Kc
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OCR A level  Chemistry Module 5 (year 2) resources including assessments

OCR A level Chemistry Module 5 (year 2) resources including assessments

A selection of PPs covering module 5 for the new specification (from 2015) Resources include short activities for in class or homework and 2 assessments to assess progress part way through and at the end. Each assessment also has a PLC style self-assessment form for students to keep in their notes and use to structure their revision. All topics covered including: Rates, equilibrium, pH, Enthalpy, Born-Haber, Entropy, Transition metals
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Practical skills booklet to develop scientific methodology

Practical skills booklet to develop scientific methodology

The skills on the front page are linked to Doddle skills (https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login) However please feel free to remove the codes to make them generic. I have aimed the booklet at year 9 however the activities are transferable across KS3 and KS4 The activities should support students through their science education and help them to get used to terminology they will need for the required practicals at GCSE and A level
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Adapt and survive treasure hunt starter

Adapt and survive treasure hunt starter

Suitable for KS2/KS3 and KS4 Biology/Science Activity; -Print out the words and cut them out separately. -Hide them around the classroom/outside space -Students have to come in and try and find one of each word (4 in total) - they must leave any duplicates where they are for other students to find There are not enough of each word for every student so only some students will 'survive' Depending on how the students find the words you could discuss competition/survival of the fittest/Adaptation/could they survive with the resources they have? It is great fun and really gets the energy up for the start of the lesson plus the students will learn about 4 things living organisms require to survive
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AQA GCSE Science exam dates posters/flyers for NEW Spec Combined and Separate sciences

AQA GCSE Science exam dates posters/flyers for NEW Spec Combined and Separate sciences

Print out 2 per page and hand out at parents evenings Print out on A4 for each classroom Save a copy on your school website Just a helping hand to save you some time and to have all the exam dates in a clear fashion for the students My students have always appreciated them as the exam timetables can be very confusing and often they want to know the dates before the school publishes them. NB: Please check the dates closer to the time as sometimes exam boards change the dates. These are correct as per the AQA website on 17/7/17 http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/admin/t_table_pdf/AQA-TT-GCSE-JUN18-CONFIRMED.PDF
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Harry Potter Science Week plan, poster, schedule and resources

Harry Potter Science Week plan, poster, schedule and resources

Transform your Science department into Hogwarts for a week and have lessons full of wizarding fun and excitement whilst also extending students scientific understanding. Resources include: 1 - Poster - To advertise your week 2 - Vision and plan - An overview of how we organised our week with suggested activities and ways to involve all year groups 3 - Letter of acceptance - We gave one to each tutor group in preparation for the week and also printed loads out to come flying out of our homemade chimney (see photos) 4 - Schedule template - The schedule shows how we organised the weeks and also has the jobs for people to volunteer for in order to prepare resources and decorations for the week 5 - Instructions for elephants toothpaste (part of potions) 6 - Assignments - Print out double sided and hand out to students as part of a week long quiz, we put together certificates for students who completed each quiz and the aim was to complete all the quizzes by the end of the week and earn a certificate in each wizarding discipline (herbology, potions, transfiguration, charms and divination) - a good literacy activity to add tot he week 7 - Instructions for flame tests (part of potions) 8 - A selection of photos from our week for inspiration In addition our entire department dressed up as characters from the books for the whole week We had Harry Potter themed awards for budding scientists and for those who really stood out we organised a trip with the English department to The Harry Potter Experience to learn about the making of the films. All in all it is a great week and a lot of fun, plus everybody loves Harry Potter!
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Homeostasis and response crossword

Homeostasis and response crossword

25 key terms and definitions included in a printer friendly crossword Covers key terms from the new GCSE specification Answers included Great for a plenary/ homework or revision activity
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Careers/tutor time activity to enable students to learn about potential careers

Careers/tutor time activity to enable students to learn about potential careers

An activity designed to encourage students to learn about different career paths. Students should learn about various occupations and what the role involves as well as discuss the link between the job and a current news topic. Resources: Cards with a selection of careers and small summary/job description 5 current news articles in printer friendly format Activity: Hand each student/group of students an occupation and ask them to research the job using the internet/careers centre resources Once students are familiar with their occupation hand out one of the news articles Students need to link their occupation to the article. E.g. How will the article affect their industry? What would a person in that occupation need to do in response to the article Not all occupations can be related to each article but the activity should promote discussion and open students eyes to a selection of different career paths. Extension: Add more occupations Ask students to provide the article for the next lesson (to encourage and interest in current affairs)
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Literacy in Science - The use of morphemes to learn scientific vocabulary

Literacy in Science - The use of morphemes to learn scientific vocabulary

The activity is aimed at GCSE and A level students but could be used to extend KS3 students with high reading ages. Provide each student with a hard copy of the morpheme table or display it on your WB. Students use the table to try and determine the meaning of the scientific words Go through the words in turn and students can mark their work/peer assess ensuring that they write the correct definition in their table if they were unable to work it out. I have included answers - they are not necessarily formal definitions as I wanted to try and keep the link to the morphemes.
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Atomic structure and the periodic table revision/hw/class activities

Atomic structure and the periodic table revision/hw/class activities

A selection of activities covering the first chapter of the new AQA GCSE Chemistry/Combined science - Atomic structure and the periodic table Activity 1: Quiz Activity 2: Card sorts x 4 Activity 3: Treasure hunt questions x 4 Designed to revise the topic. Detailed instructions give variations for each activity to allow them to be done in different formats and differentiate to suit your class
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OCR A level/year 2 Module 5.1-5.2.6 Assessment with self-assessment

OCR A level/year 2 Module 5.1-5.2.6 Assessment with self-assessment

A challenging 71 mark assessment covering the first part of module 5 The self assessment sheet breaks down each question by topic so students can quickly see which topics they are confident in and which topics require further work. I use the self-assessments in a similar way to PLCs and ask the students to keep them in their notes to refer to as a starting point for revision
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Chemical bonding - Independent study activities

Chemical bonding - Independent study activities

3 activities to help students consolidate their understanding of chemical bonding (full instructions given within resource) Activity 1: Command word activity Activity 2: Literacy task Activity 3: Summary and application task Extension/higher: Students can extend their understanding to inter molecular forces and properties of each type of bonding A great way to get the key points into students notes whilst also demanding explanations using their understanding. Suitable for KS3, KS4 (new spec GCSE combined science and Chemistry) Also suitable for a revision activity at the start of A Level Chemistry
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