Using Models

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The materials in this resource are from the Secondary National Strategy ‘Progressing to Level 6 and beyond in science’ project. They were intended for science teachers who are focusing on using models (both physical and abstract) to teach and challenge students understanding.

The Using models teacher guidance file provides strategies for teachers using appropriate resources and should be read first - in conjunction with the Using models steps table document. Both documents provide a breakdown of each key skill, with suggested strategies for moving students from one level, or ‘step’, to the next. These levelled skills are also presented in the Using models pupil speak sheet so that students can assess their own progress and plan what they could do to improve. The Map of models and analogies identifies where different models could be used in different topics at Key Stage Three.

The teacher and classroom resources include classroom handouts, slides and other ideas to use and evaluate models in the teaching of each of the following topics:
* Cells
* Digestion - including younger students’ ideas of how digestion works
* Energy - including light and food webs
* Interdependence
* Rocks and geology
* Particles - including compounds, mixtures and reactivity
* Forces

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