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  • Introduction to ecosystems: PowerPoint presentation

    Type: Teachers' presentation Staff Room

    This teacher-led presentation can be used to introduce students to ecosystems before they tackle the two worksheets: 'Habitats and environments' and 'Food Chains and Food Webs'. Introduces the key concepts and vocabulary students will need.

  • Serious diseases: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Print material

    An engaging worksheet in which students match the names of serious diseases with their phonetic transcriptions and practise pronouncing them. In teams they play a listening game to guess the disease, followed by a fun 'question loop' speaking activity. Teacher's notes provide scripts, answer keys and question loop cards.

  • Pathology of vision: Everyday problems: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, students first consider the process of refocusing the eye and why motion sickness happens. In pairs, students examine diagrams of myopia and hyperopia and describe what causes it. Key terms are provided in a Useful language box. A gap-fill text focuses on conjunctivitis and introduces terms such as inflamed, infectious, eyeball, eyelid and ophthalmologist.

  • Chemistry: An introduction: A chemist's job

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise F to accompany the resource 'Chemistry: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • Introducing the planets: Basic PowerPoint presentation

    Type: Teachers' presentation Staff Room

    Have fun with your students as they work together to complete this PowerPoint presentation about the planets.

  • The eye: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    This lesson plan provides an introduction to the human eye and its component parts. A pronunciation exercise helps students practise the distinction between different ‘i’ sounds in: ‘ciliary’, ‘conjunctiva’, ‘iris’ and ‘retina’. In pairs students then ask and answer questions to complete their diagram of the eye. Useful phrases are provided. A follow-up vocabulary exercise reinforces fifteen key terms and their definitions.

  • Computer vocabulary

    Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    For many students today, life before the personal computer is hard to imagine. Teach them vocabulary words related to the now ubiquitous technology through this series of exercises. Students translate computer terminology into their own language, identify computer components and icons, and complete sentences with useful terms such as ‘download’ and ‘attachment’.

  • How we see: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, groups of students construct a pin-hole camera and conduct a classroom experiment in order to understand how images appear on the retina. They write their results and conclusions before completing a gap-fill with key vocabulary such as ‘reflect’, ‘cornea’ ‘lens’ and ‘vitreous’.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: Reproduction in plants and humans: Secondary

    Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-four question loops on a variety of reproduction vocabulary such as germinate, airborne and bulb for plants, zygote, placenta and umbilical cord for humans.

  • Diet and fitness: Energy and food: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson plan introduces students to the energy contained within food and encourages them to reflect on individual eating habits. Students record what they ate yesterday in a chart and calculate (in kJ) the amount of energy in the food they eat. Teacher's notes give tips and full guidance on how to do the calculations.

  • Physics vocabulary: Worksheet

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Reference material Staff RoomPrint material

    Show how to calculate the forces on an object on an inclined plane while demonstrating how physics terms such as 'magnetism' and 'inertia' are used in everyday language. A reference sheet provides a useful list of units of measurement and illustrates key physics machines and equations. Worksheet exercises test students’ knowledge of the vocabulary they have learned.

  • Electricity: An introduction: Answer Key

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    This answer key accompanies the following resources: 'Electricity: An introduction: Lesson plan'; 'Electricity: An introduction: How does a hairdryer work?' (listening exercise); 'Electricity: An introduction: Generating electricity' (listening exercise).

  • The eye: Lesson plan

    Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Clear labelling and vocabulary exercises introduce students to the components and functions of the human eye in this lesson plan. Focuses on key vocabulary such as: ‘pupil’, ‘sclera’, ‘iris’, ‘eyelashes’ and ‘eyelid’. Includes teacher’s notes with a list of useful websites for further study.

  • Electricity: An introduction: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    A comprehensive set of resources looking at electricity. The first reading text, ‘Electricity and magnetism’, introduces the various pieces of the electromagnetism jigsaw. The second reading text tells of the indomitable spirit of Michael Faraday whose love of science helped him overcome all the adversity of being poor and downtrodden in Victorian society to become one of the most important scientists of all time. Listening exercises include a lecture on generating electricity and a ...

  • Animal habitats: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, groups of students look at colour pictures of exotic animals and decide which biome they might live in and how they have adapted to their surroundings. A matching activity asks students to connect pictures of animals with their habitats and the corresponding biomes.

  • Biology: An introduction: Answer Key

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This answer key covers the following resources: 'Biology: An introduction: Lesson plan'; 'Biology: An introduction: Germs' (listening exercise); 'Biology: An introduction: Climate change' (listening exercise).

  • Types of rainforest: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Print material

    A information-gap activity in which pairs of students ask and answer questions to complete a short text on the two main types of rainforest. A very effective way for students to learn about the various locations of the world's temperate and tropical rainforests.

  • Diet and fitness: Nutrition and keeping fit: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, students examine a nutrition pyramid and speak in groups about their diet using speaking prompts. They listen to the teacher giving them information on diet and exercise, match the information with diagrams and complete a gap-fill on nutrition and fitness. A full teacher's script is provided.

  • Pathology of vision: Blindness: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    A lesson plan for students to listen to a text on classifying blindness and complete a chart with key facts. Using a diagram Braille alphabet and students practise communicating in Braille using card and pins/pens. They then engage in a structured class discussion on aspects of vision such as blindness, wearing glasses and how the eye acts like a camera. Full teacher’s notes, scripts and detailed answers provided.

  • Ecosystems web activities

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    These teacher's notes contain two activities ideal for students who have been learning about food chains. In the first activity students research a website on food chains, watch a presentation and answer comprehension questions. In the second activity students watch separate parts of a presentation on woodland ecosystems before quizzing their partner on the part they watched.

  • How to make your own question loop activities: Teacher's notes

    Type: General lesson plan, Reference material Staff Room

    These teacher’s notes explain exactly how to create your very own question loops for any topic you have studied or are about to study with your class.

  • Introducing the planets: Basic lesson plan and teacher's notes

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson plan introduces students to the planets. The material is designed to be used over three lessons and includes; a fun information gap-fill game; a whole class activity completing a PowerPoint presentation about the planets; and building a scale model of the solar system.

  • Biology vocabulary: Reference sheet

    Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Reference material Print material

    What makes an animal an invertebrate? What happens in the process of photosynthesis? A comprehensive reference sheet illustrates key vocabulary for biological processes, cell and plant structure, and basic animal anatomy. Matching, translation and sentence completion exercises enable students to practise what they have learned.

  • Electricity: An introduction: How does a hairdryer work?

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise F to accompany the resource 'Electricity: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: Health and nutrition: Secondary

    Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-six question loops on key verbs, nouns and adjectives on illnesses connected with nutritional deficiencies, chemical substances and other health-related terminology.

  • Bioethics: Lesson plan

    Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Print material

    In this lesson plan, students read a text and then discuss the difficult ethical questions surrounding genetic engineering and cloning.

  • Introducing the planets: Gap-fill game

    Type: Game Staff RoomPrint material

    Whizz around the planets with this fun information gap-fill game. These activity cards accompany the basic lesson plan on Introducing the planets.

  • Physics: An introduction: Copernicus

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise C to accompany the resource 'Physics: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • Gas from garbage: Worksheet and teacher's notes

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff RoomPrint material

    Step by step teaching notes and worksheets help teachers and pupils get the most from the experiment and develop language learning skills. Pupils are guided through predicting the results and writing up the experiment.

  • Biology: An introduction: Germs

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise C to accompany the resource 'Biology: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • Light: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, students order different types of wave according to their length, then listen to their teacher give them key information on vibrations, electromagnetic radiation and the behaviour of waves. An interactive group quiz gets students to revise what they have heard about wavelengths and how the eye processes light whilst simultaneously practising speaking and teamworking skills.

  • Biology: An introduction: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    A short history of biology tracks the study of life through the ages, showing our fascination with the living world around us, from the ancient Egyptians to Charles Darwin's theories and the study of DNA. The second reading text is a letter from a professor of biology, spelling out the four branches of this science and taking students through different career options. Listening exercises focuses on the nature of germs and climate change.

  • The planets: Advanced lesson plan and teacher's notes

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Suitable for upper secondary students, this challenging lesson plan lesson requires basic knowledge of algebra. The material includes; calculating mathematical formulae; extensive reading; and the development of students' own solar system presentations.

  • Chemistry: An introduction: Answer Key

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    This answer key accompanies the following resources: 'Chemistry: An introduction: Lesson plan'; 'Chemistry: An introduction: Chemical processes' (listening exercise); 'Chemistry: An introduction: A chemist's job' (listening exercise).

  • Ecosystems: Teacher's Notes

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    These detailed teacher's notes accompany the worksheets: 'Habitats and Environments' and 'Food Chains and Food Webs'. They include an overview of the topic and a warmer to introduce the study of ecology to your students.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: Circulation and digestion: Secondary

    Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-four question loops on specialist anatomical vocabulary connected with the process of circulating blood, medical conditions such as angina and thrombosis and the organs involved when digesting food.

  • Life on Mars: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Students summarise a long essay on the topic: Is it possible that life evolved on Mars? They are then challenged to debate the topic in three different groups. A useful language box provides ideas to keep the debate going. A writing exercise then has students writing their own essay on the topic: ‘Did men really land on the moon?’

  • Physics: An introduction: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    ‘People have always wondered why things behave the way they do’ ... this lesson plan looks at how our stories about how the world works have changed with the development of physics. ‘Physics - the new science fiction’ is the second reading text in the form of a report on a speech by a professor of physics about phenomena that scientists have so far been unable to explain. Listening exercises focus on Copernicus and a student project on the Big Bang.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: Water: Secondary

    Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-five question loops on key verbs, nouns and adjectives connected with water in our everyday lives.

  • Biology: An introduction: Climate change

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise F to accompany the resource 'Biology: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • Physics: An introduction: The Big Bang

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise F to accompany the resource 'Physics: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • A Field Trip to Examine an Ecosystem: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This lesson plan focuses on a class project to examine a local ecosystem e.g. a park. It includes detailed teacher's notes, an observation grid for students to complete when in the park and a useful language sheet to help them write a report based on their findings.

  • Diet and Disease: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    A lesson plan containing two worksheets for students working in pairs that include readings and error correction exercises on diabetes, rickets and influenza. An information-gap activity gets students to share information about the dangers of obesity and hypertension and what happens if we do not get enough Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C in our diets. There is an optional poster project and detailed teacher guidance.

  • Pathology of vision: Astigmatism and glaucoma: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This is a pairwork worksheet in which students reorder words within a description of astigmatism to make a coherent text then examine a diagram of an astigmatic eye and use modal verbs to make conjectures as to why sufferers experience blurred eyesight. In pairs students ask and answer questions to complete a text on the cause and consequences of glaucoma.

  • Chemistry: An introduction: Chemical processes

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise C to accompany the resource 'Chemistry: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • The Planets: Advanced PowerPoint presentation template

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    This template can be used by students as they develop their own presentations about the solar system. It includes language support.

  • Chemistry vocabulary: Reference sheet

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Reference material Staff RoomPrint material

    Students learn the vocabulary they need to discuss chemistry in English, including terms such as ‘atomic mass’, ‘isotope’, and ‘valency’, as well as the English names of more than 50 common elements, ions and compounds. The comprehensive reference sheet also illustrates the states of matter, including the verbs to describe changes of state.

  • Environment vocabulary: Reference sheet

    Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan, Reference material Staff RoomPrint material

    Students learn the vocabulary they need to discuss the effects of human activity on the world around us. A reference sheet illustrates terms such as 'endangered', 'pollution' and 'recycle', while worksheet activities help students use the new vocabulary like native speakers. Among the exercises, students compare noun, adjective and verb forms of words; match collocations; and choose the correct preposition to complete a phrase.

  • Colour: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, students reorder sentences that present the principles of colour vision. Includes key vocabulary such as ‘retina’, ‘receptors’, perceive’, ‘rods’, ‘sensitive’ and ‘pigments’. A writing exercise introduces the notion of colour blindness/Daltonism, getting students to engage with a scientific text by punctuating it. A full key is provided giving not only the correct punctuation but a full explanation of the reasons behind it.

  • Physics: An introduction: Answer Key

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This answer key accompanies the following resources: 'Physics: An introduction: Lesson plan'; 'Physics: An introduction: Copernicus' (listening exercise); 'Physics: An introduction: The Big Bang' (listening exercise).

  • Habitats and environments: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Introductory reading text with glossary on ecosystems, habitats and environments. Students complete a concept map with information from the text and talk to their partner about the relationship between biospheres, habitats and environments. Useful phrases and sentence starters are provided. True/false, definition and unscrambling exercises consolidate key vocabulary.

  • Magnetic pennies: Experiment sheet

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    A fun Science Museum experiment that gets students thinking about magnets and how they work.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: Energy and electricity: Secondary

    Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-seven question loops that focus on nouns and verbs connected with generating energy, saving energy and energy problems.

  • Bodies in orbit: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    What keeps the moon up in the sky? Why is Pluto no longer a planet? Students practise making notes based on a teacher-led listening and find the answers to questions through listening. A third activity on ‘Dwarf planets’ tests students’ ability to remember and interpret what they have heard.

  • Food chains and food webs: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Introductory reading text with glossary on food chains and food webs. Students learn about predation, different types of consumer and the ecological pyramid. Students identify different animals/plants and say what type of producer/consumer they are. Gap-fill, diagram-completion and sentence-correction exercises consolidate concepts learnt.

  • Chemistry: An introduction: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Students are introduced to this central science via a reading text and learn about three developments that give us the definition of chemistry: fire, the nature of matter itself, and Mendeleev’s all important table. A second reading text looks at the type of careers available to a chemistry student. Listening exercises include a chemist talking about chemical processes and another chemist talking about his job.

  • Electricity: An introduction: Generating electricity

    Staff RoomAudio material

    Listening exercise C to accompany the resource 'Electricity: An introduction: Lesson plan'.

  • The Stars, the Sun and the Moon: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    How many years till the sun burns out? Why are stars like human beings? What has ‘wax’ got to do with the moon? Students learn the answers to these questions through pairwork, a listening exercise entitled ‘Under the Milky Way’, and two reading exercises entitled: ‘The sun’ and ‘Phases of the moon’. With the help of two Useful Language boxes, lower intermediate will find these worksheets accessible yet challenging.

  • The Earth's biomes: Lesson plan

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This substantial four-page worksheet provides students with plenty of stimulating material to learn about the Earth’s biomes and how and why they differ. A clear reading text (with important vocabulary highlighted) explains the difference between aquatic and terrestrial biomes and tropical and temperate rainforests. Information on taigas, tundras, grasslands and deserts is also provided. Students then complete a concept map, classifying information from the text. A gap-fill exercise ...

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