Up to the minute teaching ideas and activities to keep your lessons up to date and cutting edge!
See below for teaching activities based around current news stories, videos or articles.
Students now have to learn and be able to apply a long set of physics equations for the new 9-1 GCSE. We have some resources that should help.
To help students get to grips with rearranging equations try Maths skills in Science – rearranging equations.
A useful set of cards to reinforce students recall of equations. They can also be used as an aid to help students rearrange equations to change the subject. Maths skills in Science – physics equations.
Speed equations jigsaw is a challenging interactive activity that can be printed off or played on an IWB.
If your students find the equation triangles useful to use then try our interactive versions 'Electricity equation triangles', 'Forces equation triangles' and 'Speed and acceleration equation triangles'.
The proposed wall between the US/Mexico border has implications for wildlife.
Students could research the habitat and the types of species that exist along the border.
Ask students to think, pair, share what these might be e.g. populations divided, food and water sources reduced, less mates available for reproduction, reduced gene pool, population decline, reduced biodiversity etc.
Watch the BBC video clip 'Divided desert', about the endangered pronghorn might be affected.
Link the wall to the idea of geographical isolation leading to speciation by asking students to predict what may happen, over a long period of time, if the pronghorn population gets subdivided and isolated into two smaller groups.
To aid their thinking give students prompt cards to help with terms such as - variation, mutation, natural slection, favourable alleles, offspring etc.
Ask what might happen if conditions on one side changed e.g. the main food available on one side of the wall was different to the other - e.g. ground plants or bushes. Ask what would happen to the two populations if the conditions on both sides of the wall stayed much the same.
Ask students to read the following article from the BBC www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39947141
(The whole programme is available on iPlayer until 16/06/2017 www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08qkz77/michael-mosley-vs-the-superbugs ).
The article has interesting links between antibiotic resistance and the possibility of using viruses to attack bacteria, by invading their cells. Ask students to recap how viruses invade and multiply in human cells by explaining how they could be used to destroy bacteria.
There are several resources about antibiotics which are relevant for the AQA 9-1 Biology GCSE specification.
Watch the video and ask students to make notes about its structure and properties. Can they suggest any possible uses?
Researchers are developing graphene as a sieve to separate the salt from salty water to produce drinking water.
Ask students to draw a diagram or model how this could work.
Read about the research on the BBC website.
Watch the following video about how graphene was first made.