High School physics lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for physics, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

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Earth and Space Galaxy song

Earth and Space Galaxy song

The Galaxy Song put to images of the universe in movie maker. Good for all ages as even A Level can learn something new and KS3 pick up the size of the universe.

By hopephilippa

KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

**This resource has been recommended by the TES Resource Team** *UPDATED JANUARY 2017* Added a crossword puzzle with answers.This resource pack will get your learners thinking about electricity and electric circuits. It includes:• A lucid and logical 69-slide PowerPoint which includes many visual aids. The slides are thoughtfully animated (not over-animated) to allow opportunities for learners to participate and promote class discussions.• Seven pages of interactive notes (scaffolded notes). These notes fit perfectly with the presentation. I find this activity keeps lower-level students engaged during the lessons while allowing differentiation for higher achievers. • A crossword (with answers), some homework questions and a quiz.**Just print and go! Or customize to fit the needs of your class.**Learning objectives covered in this resources are listed below.• By the end of these lessons, pupils should know:1. that electricity is a form of energy.2. that current electricity can be produced from cells, batteries or the mains3. that there are a range of appliances in the home, which use electricity.4. that we can represent components by symbols. 5. that current electricity flows in conductors but not in insulators.6. that a complete path is needed from one side of the battery to the other for electricity to flow.7. how a switch works.8. that there are two types of circuit, series and parallel.9. that current is measured in Amps. 10. that current is measured using an ammeter. 11. how to connect and use an ammeter.12. that in a series circuit, the current is the same all the way round the circuit.13. that in a parallel circuit, the current is shared but not lost or used up. 14. that the current in a series circuit depends upon the number and type of components used. 15. that a battery is a store of electrical energy.16. that voltage is a measure of the amount of energy or push given to the current.17. that more cells in series equals more voltage. 18. that the effect of voltage upon current and bulb brightness.19. that an electric current causes a wire to become hot. .20. that the bigger the current, the higher the temperature of the wire.21. that if too much current flows, the wire will melt.Hope you find it useful. Your feedback is much appreciated.

By sciencecorner

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RADIOACTIVITY CARD SORT! ALPHA, BETA, BETA PLUS AND GAMMA

RADIOACTIVITY CARD SORT! ALPHA, BETA, BETA PLUS AND GAMMA

Sort-tastic FUN! A comprehensive card sorting activity that can be tailored for all ability levels! Sort the cards into three groups of properties and uses of alpha, beta and gamma radiation. (or four groups if you include beta plus decay - this is in some of the new GCSE specifications). The cards are printed on A4 sheets, four cards per sheet. Presented as individual files, this means that you can print and laminate only the cards that you want. This is ideal for group work, getting students thinking and discussing high level physics. It is suitable for A level students too.

By scigeeks

AQA Trilogy Atomic Structure Lesson 2 (Ionising Radiation)

AQA Trilogy Atomic Structure Lesson 2 (Ionising Radiation)

Lesson 2 to be alongside the previous lesson. Covers the 3 main types of radiation (alpha, beta and gamma), properties, ionising traits and applications. Easy to use as a teacher led activity or a carousel. Worksheets:-Radiation grid-Summary questions-Exam questions covering Lessons 1 and 2

By Matthewbrock23

AQA Trilogy Atomic Structure Lesson 3 (Nuclear equations)

AQA Trilogy Atomic Structure Lesson 3 (Nuclear equations)

Lesson 3 to be used following on from previous lesson. Recaps on previous topic throughout. Cover alpha, beta and gamma decay in detail. Equations and tips covered. Power point is a combination of teacher led explanations and student group/independent work.Worksheets:- Exam questions based on alpha decay questions (with and without mark scheme)- Exam questions based on beta decay questions (with and without mark scheme)

By Matthewbrock23

KS4 Physics Homework Projects

KS4 Physics Homework Projects

3 homework projects suitable for KS4 Physicsx students on Energy and Payback Time, Forces and Momentum and Waves and Communication.Each project comes with a level ladder style success grid, graded A*-D, for students to maximise their learning

By caverre

Earth's Atmosphere - Composition/Structure/Ozone layer/Greenhouse effect - Unit Plan with Worksheets

Earth's Atmosphere - Composition/Structure/Ozone layer/Greenhouse effect - Unit Plan with Worksheets

This science unit is designed to teach all about the ‘Earth’s Atmosphere’ as a part of the environment science. As we all know very well that life could not exist without the atmosphere. Attempt has been made to cover various points from different layers of atmosphere to the greenhouse effect. This unit in the form of PDF file includes engaging, colourful, informative, visually stimulating and eye-catching photos and diagrams as per the topic need which rarely fails to stimulate a lively class discussion.The unit includes 10 different engaging worksheets/activities at the end. Students.The unit involves the following Completed facts and topics:1. Importance of Earth’s Atmosphere 2. Origins of Earth’s Atmosphere 3. Composition of the Atmosphere 4. Vertical Layers of the Atmosphere with detailed characteristics a. Troposphere b. Stratosphere c. Mesosphere d. Thermospheree. Exosphere 5. Structure of atmosphere 6. Temperature and the Atmospheric Layers 7. Pressure in the atmosphere 8. The Ozone layer 9. Causes of Ozone Depletion 10. Green House Effect 11. The Green House Effect on Earth: Causes and effects12. Various worksheets:If you have any questions on a unit for quality please email me and I will gladly assist you any way I can. Thank you for your time and interest in this PowerPoint. Thank you in advance for rating and commenting on this PowerPoint. You will find lots more in my store, including math, science, ELA, activities/craftivity, special education, interactive activities, and more!

By ilaxippatel

Resistance

Resistance

A lesson presentation (24 slides) and associated worksheets that looks at the term resistance and ensures that students can explain the relationship between this factor and current. The lesson begins by challenging the students to write a definition for resistance (from a selection of words) by using their previous knowledge of current and potential difference. An analogy of an assault course is used to show how those components with the greatest resistance will have the lowest current. Moving forwards, students are introduced to the term "net resistance" and a series of tasks gets them to discover how the net resistance differs between a series and a parallel circuit and how this affects the current. There are regular progress checks throughout the lesson so that students can assess their understanding.This lesson has been designed for GCSE students.

By GHScience

RESULTANT FORCES - NEWTON'S 1st and 2nd LAWS

RESULTANT FORCES - NEWTON'S 1st and 2nd LAWS

Aimed at the new GCSE specification, this presentation takes students through Newton's first and second laws of motion. Balanced and unbalanced forces! Resultant forces! F = ma! Complete with, worked examples, lots of questions and fully worked out solutions, this presentation is aimed at students of all abilities and contains challenging boffin tasks for the more able. Enjoy!

By scigeeks

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KS4 Homework Projects

KS4 Homework Projects

A series of nine homework projects suitable for KS4 students covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.- Genetics- Hydroponics- Extracting Copper- Oil- Analysing Substances- Nanoparticles and Smart Materials- Waves and Communication- Energy and Payback Time- Forces and Momentum

By caverre

SIMPLE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS ACTIVITIES -INVESTIGATIVE FUN!

SIMPLE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS ACTIVITIES -INVESTIGATIVE FUN!

Aimed at younger students to increase their confidence with constructing simple circuits! It comes in the form of a power point presentation packed with simple practical activities requiring students to build and investigate simple series and parallel circuits. From using ammeters and voltmeters, investigating the effect of increasing bulbs and cells to challenging extension tasks requiring students to build circuits which perform a specific function. It also encourages the use of the key investigative terms, Literally hours of practical fun! The equipment required are connecting wires, batteries, bulbs, ammeters and voltmeters.

By scigeeks

Rock and Rock Cycle Scavenger Hunt - An Activity

Rock and Rock Cycle Scavenger Hunt - An Activity

Rock and Rock Cycle Scavenger HuntThis scavenger hunt introduces to students an information and basics about the Rocks, their formation, types and rock cycle on earth.There are 24 scavenger hunt cards with colourful pictures. It’s a great tool for to review vocabulary on rock cycle.Preview images may have reduced picture quality due to jpeg file. But original .pdf file contains clear images.Directions to use ‘Rock and Rock Cycle Scavenger Hunt’Purpose: At the end of this ‘scavenger hunt on rock and rock cycle’ students will be able to learn on vocabulary of rock cycle and science behind it.1. Print the given all 24 cards on a card stock or any other good paper and cut them along the black line.2. Get the print of Scavenger Hunt questions pages and each student should be given this copy.3. Place printed Scavenger Hunt cards around the classroom. For example you can place it on chair, on table, on benches, behind the classroom doors, besides the computer or wherever you like.4. Students have to search the cards in a classroom in order to find out the answers of the questions. Students can complete this exercise in a group with classmate or alone. You will find lots more in my store, including math, science, ELA, activities/craftivity, special education, interactive activities, and more!

By ilaxippatel

Rock, Rock Cycle and Minerals _ A Unit Plan with Worksheets

Rock, Rock Cycle and Minerals _ A Unit Plan with Worksheets

Rock, Rock Cycle and Minerals".This unit in the form of PDF file includes engaging, colorful, informative, visually stimulating and eye-catching photos and diagrams as per the topic need which rarely fails to stimulate a lively class discussion.It is made to be both informative and visually stimulating for all students. It consists of 35 slides which are colorful. Pictures and diagrams are included that will greatly enhance your instruction to your students. It also provides basic information about rock, types of rock and rock cycle and minerals. Your students will enjoy it. Please view the Preview File to obtain a sense of my style.At the end of the whole unit 13 worksheets are given to assess or do the review for the students. The students will really enjoy the exercises and will help them to decide how much they have understood.Included in the package is:• What is a rock and minerals? Difference between rock and mineralsImportance of rocks to human beingsIdentifying the minerals• 3 Main Rock Types• Igneous rocks and its types• IGNEOUS-Extrusive• IGNEOUS-Intrusive• Sedimentary rocks and its types• Metamorphic rocksDifference between magma and lava• The Rock Cycle (relations between natural processes and rock)describing effect of heat ,weather and pressure in formation of rocks.Uses of rocksIf you have any questions or would like to sample a unit for quality please email me and I will gladly assist you any way I can. Thank you for your time and interest in this unit. Thank you in advance for rating and commenting on this unit. Please be specific when you comment so that other teachers know why you rated it the way you did. It also helps me become a better teacher and seller.You will find lots more in my store, including math, science, ELA, activities/craftivities, special education, interactive activities, and more!

By ilaxippatel

Lesson on Distance and Time graphs

Lesson on Distance and Time graphs

full lesson with lesson plan for distance time graphs aimed at KS3. To start with show students the opening titles for The Simpsons. lesson gives student plenty of short graph drawing activities. The lesson plan as feedback showing which teacher standards have been met.

By toddy24

Conduction

Conduction

KS3 lesson on conduction with a practical as well as an activity. Students are given a picture of a house and have to show where they can see examples of conduction. Lesson can easily be added to to make to KS4.

By toddy24

Lesson on Hookes law

Lesson on Hookes law

Full lesson on Hookes law, aimed at KS3 can be easily added to make KS4 by adding working out spring constant.

By toddy24

Quantum Physics - Energy Levels!

Quantum Physics - Energy Levels!

Th e tricky topic of energy levels in Physics. The resource comes with comprehensive notes for students for self study or revision plus TWO worksheets of energy level questions to test their understanding. Complete with answers, this essential resource will ensure that your students are exam ready.

By scigeeks

AQA New Spec (2018) P2 Calculating Wave Frequency, Velocity (Speed) and Wavelength

AQA New Spec (2018) P2 Calculating Wave Frequency, Velocity (Speed) and Wavelength

Lesson covers:-Visual starter on the parts of a wave. Worksheet activity incorporating literacy.-Animated video on waves.- Easy to understand explanation on how to calculate the frequency, wavelength and velocity of a wave.- Questions on calculating a wave's frequency, wavelength and velocity.- Very engaging AFL quiz on calculating wave speed (Who wants to be a millionaire theme)- Challenging questions where pupils need to convert units in order to calculate a wave's speed.- Stimulating plenary involving rolling of dice and questions on calculating a wave's frequency.- Plenty of peer and self assessment opportunities.

By zmzb

CALCULATING AND MEASURING DENSITY

CALCULATING AND MEASURING DENSITY

A nice straight forward presentation encouraging students to work out what density means and how to measure it for regular and irregular shaped objects. It is meant encourage students to develop problem solving skills and work out things for themselves as independent learners.

By scigeeks

Tsunami Scavenger Hunt - An Activity

Tsunami Scavenger Hunt - An Activity

Tsunami - Scavenger Hunt Activity - Science Game with fun.This scavenger hunt introduces to students about the Tsunami basic information and some known facts with examples in their environment or earth science lesson.There are 24 scavenger hunt cards with colorful pictures. Purpose:It’s a great tool in the form of game with a fun for to review vocabulary on Tsunami and its science.How to Use:1. Print the given all 24 cards on a card stock or any other good paper and cut them along the black line. 2. Get the print of Scavenger Hunt questions pages and each student should be given this copy. 3. Place Scavenger Hunt cards around the classroom. For example you can place it on chair, on table, on benches, behind the classroom doors, besides the computer or wherever you like. 4. Students have to search the cards in a classroom in order to find out the answers of the questions. Students can complete this exercise in a group with classmate or alone.You will find lots more in my store, including math, science, ELA, activities/craftivitiy, special education, interactive activities, and more!

By ilaxippatel

A2 Electric Field Worksheets

A2 Electric Field Worksheets

These worksheets are designed for teachers and students of A2 and A2 Physics to support teaching and learning, as well as prepare for A2 examination on Electric Field. The work set in these worksheets are well differentiated to meet the need of every student learning capacity and to help improve success rate of A2 Physics on Electric Field.

By okorodudujk

A2 Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion Worksheets

A2 Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion Worksheets

These worksheets are designed for teachers and students of A2 and A2 Physics to support teaching and learning, as well as prepare for A2 examination on Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion. The work set in these worksheets are well differentiated to meet the need of every student learning capacity and to help improve success rate of A2 Physics on Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion.

By okorodudujk

A2 Circuits and Electronics Worksheets

A2 Circuits and Electronics Worksheets

These worksheets are designed for teachers and students of A2 and A2 Physics to support teaching and learning, as well as prepare for A2 examination on Circuits and Electronics. The work set in these worksheets are well differentiated to meet the need of every student learning capacity and to help improve success rate of A2 Physics on Circuits and Electronics.

By okorodudujk

A2 Charged Particles and Quantum Physics Worksheets with Mark scheme

A2 Charged Particles and Quantum Physics Worksheets with Mark scheme

These worksheets and mark schemes are designed for teachers and students of A2 and A2 Physics to support teaching and learning, as well as prepare for A2 examination on charged particles and Quantum Physics. The work set in these worksheets are well differentiated to meet the need of every student learning capacity and to help improve success rate of A2 Physics on charged particles and Quantum Physics.

By okorodudujk