All Science articles – Page 4

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    The Stars, the Sun and the Moon

    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 ...

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    Life on Mars

    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 ...

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    Bodies in orbit

    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.

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    The planets

    These resources take a more in-depth look at the planets and contain a lesson plan, teacher’s notes and a PowerPoint presentation.

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    Introducing the planets

    These comprehensive resources introduce students to the wonders of the planets and include a fun information gap-fill game, a class activity about the planets and building a scale model of the solar system.

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    How to make your own question loop activities

    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.

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    Question Loop Speaking Activity: Health and nutrition: Secondary

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

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

    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.

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    Question Loop Speaking Activity: Energy and electricity: Secondary

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

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    Question Loop Speaking Activity: Water: Secondary

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

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    Question Loop Speaking Activity: Circulation and digestion: Secondary

    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.

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    Electricity: An introduction

    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 ...

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    Physics: An introduction

    ‘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 ...

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    Chemistry: An introduction

    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 ...

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    Pathology of vision: Blindness

    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, ...

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    Pathology of vision: Astigmatism and glaucoma

    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 ...

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    Light

    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 ...

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    How we see

    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’.

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    Colour

    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 ...

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    Health and disease

    From antibody to yellow fever, this document contains 11 pages of useful vocabulary on different aspects of health and disease in humans.