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Experiments

Make your classes go with a bang with these fun experiments from the Science Museum. Using everyday objects, these fun experiments will help deepen your pupil's understanding by encouraging them to become 'hands on' with the science they're learning about.

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Each experiment includes:

  • Easy to follow step by step instructions for carrying out the experiment
  • Teacher's notes with pre-teaching and follow-up activities
  • Extra ideas and links to everyday life provide opportunities to extend the lesson
  • Activity sheets develops pupil's understanding of the subject and supports their language acquisition
  • Ideal for pupils aged 7-11

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Inside Experiments

  • Experiments: Pay-me game

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    Students complete exercises on related vocabulary, sentence order and where to use the infinitive / gerund, and design a poster. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Water purifier

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    In this experiment, pupils observe how dirty water can become clean using a few simple pieces of equipment. Students complete gap-fill exercises to practise related vocabulary and identify mistakes in a series of images relating to the experiment. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Matchbox paddle boat

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    In this experiment, pupils learn about the build-up of stored energy and its subsequent release by building a boat powered by an elastic band. Students complete gap-fill and matching exercises practising related vocabulary and the first conditional before placing a sequence of images relating to the experiment in the correct order. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: How strong is that wind?

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    In this experiment, pupils make a wind monitor from different weights of material. Students find illustrated objects in a wordsearch and understand the strengths of different winds before writing a report on the experiment. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Keeping an ice cube alive

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    In this experiment, pupils try to prevent an ice cube from melting by insulating it. Students predict the outcome of the experiments and then record their results in a table. Gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and question words. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Energy Pairs

    Type: General lesson plan

    This simple experiment reinforces vocabulary and concepts associated with energy. Students match sentences halves to make statements on energy or ‘energy pairs’. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise and consolidate concepts connected to energy, including renewable and non-renewable sources and how we use energy in our everyday lives. Students can then conduct an energy survey or design an energy poster. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Conductors and insulators

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    Which materials are good conductors and which are good insulators? This experiment uses polystyrene foam, metal, wood, glass and plastic to explore the properties of conductors and insulators. Step by step teaching notes and student worksheets help teachers and students get the most from the experiment and develop language learning skills. The activities culminate with students writing a conductors and insulators experiment report. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Magnetic pennies

    Author: Keith Kelly Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A fun Science Museum experiment that gets students thinking about magnets and how they work. The step by step teaching notes and worksheets help teachers and pupils get the most from the experiment and develop language learning skills. The lesson culminates in an open-ended investigation. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Gas from garbage

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    This experiment is designed to demonstrate that biomass, especially when stored in warm, damp conditions, produces gas. 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. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Follow the energy path

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A simple but revealing experiment in which pupils measure and record the temperature of hot water as it cools down in two different containers: one metallic, one ceramic. Matching and word-order activities help students to revise relevant vocabulary. Students then write a report using the past tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

  • Experiments: 3D shadows

    Author: Keith Kelly Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this experiment, pupils learn how to produce the illusion of a 3D shadow using two different coloured light sources and colour-filtered glasses. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and prepositional phrases. Students then discuss the outcome of the experiment with a partner and write a report using the past tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

  • Experiments: Ear gongs

    Author: Keith Kelly Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this experiment, pupils see how sounds travel much more effectively through materials such as metal and string than through air. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise relevant vocabulary and verbs in the imperative. Students then complete a report using present and past tenses. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Shape-shifting slime

    Author: Adrian Tennant Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this experiment, students transform a boring polystyrene cup into something more interesting. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and verbs in the imperative. Students then discuss the outcome of the experiment with a partner and write a report using the past tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

  • Experiments: Nails trick

    Author: Keith Kelly Type: Teaching notes, Worksheet Staff Room

    In this experiment, students attempt to defy gravity by balancing 14 nails on the head of one nail. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and verbs in the imperative. Students then write a report of the experiment using the past tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

  • Experiments: Roller-coaster ride

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this experiment, students construct a track for marbles to collide on in order to compare the energy stored in a stationary object to the energy of one that is in motion. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise vocabulary related to movement. Students then complete a table and read a summary, into which they insert their results. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

  • Experiments: 360-degree periscope

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this experiment, students build a periscope and explore the effects of mirrors on the passage of light. The accompanying activities practise preposition phrases and writing a scientific report. Students predict the results of the experiment using future tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Gone with a bang

    Type: General lesson plan

    In this experiment, students make a banger and use this to learn how energy can be released and turned into sound waves. The accompanying activities practise reading instructions and linking words. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

  • Experiments: Build a sail-car of the future

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    In this experiment, students make a sail-car and learn how to harness the energy from the wind to power it. The accompanying activities practise the first and second conditional and modals of prediction. Students then design their own car of the future and talk about it using the future tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

  • Experiments: Rocket mice

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    This fun experiment reinforces vocabulary and concepts associated with forces. Students make a rocket mouse and learn how to make it fly with the help of a plastic bottle. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise and consolidate concepts connected to forces. Students then talk about their experiment and write a scientific report. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes are included.

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