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Build a Bug Activity

This is a classroom-based activity from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute that allows students to explore the features of two bacterial pathogen genomes. The aim of this activity is to highlight the role of different genetic components in two closely related subspecies of Salmonella enterica, and to identify how...

Improving teaching and learning in science

These videos on promoting discussion are very useful for seeing how students can develop their thinking by discussing questions in groups, giving the teacher a good insight into students' understanding.

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Algebra Mystery

This resource written by Shirley Fall has thirteen cards each with a statement about algebraic expressions and how they lie on a 3 by 3 grid. The rationale is for students to discuss possible options and work towards a solution of which algebraic expression lies in each...

Directed Numbers Mystery

This resource written by Shirley Fall has thirteen cards each with a statement about directed numbers and how they lie on a 3 by 3 grid. The rationale is for students to discuss possible options and work towards a solution of which directed number lies in each of the grid cells.

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Locus Mystery

This resource written by Shirley Fall focuses on constructing loci. There are eighteen cards with statements about an area of land centred on a four-sided field reputed once to have belonged to a notorious highwayman. Students are asked to discuss in groups and use the...

Probability Mystery

This resource, written by Shirley Fall, has fourteen cards with statements about the likelihood of six different runners winning a race. Students are tasked with using the statements on the cards to determine who is most likely to win the race, with what probability, and in what sequence they would expect the...

Properties of Shape Mystery

This resource written by Shirley Fall has fifteen cards each with a statement about 2-D shapes and how they lie on a 3 by 3 grid. The rationale is for students to discuss the possible options and work towards a solution of which 2-D shape lies in each of the grid cells. Extension questions are also posed.

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Ratio and Proportion Mystery

This resource written by Shirley Fall has eleven cards, each with a statement about how some students have performed in two papers of a mathematics test. Students are tasked to decide who should get the mathematics prize by working out their rank order. It is suggested that students draw up a table to show each...

Straight Line Graphs Mystery

This resource created by Shirley Fall has twenty mystery fact cards, each containing a statement about the features of straight line graphs and how they lie on a 3 by 3 grid. The rationale is for students to use the fact cards to discover the features of each graph - its gradient, its intercept, its graph and...

Revision for GCSE Through Groupwork

This resource from SMILE consists of sets of question cards, which are differentiated by level, and include answers which can be photocopied onto the back of the card. They are best used for group work to promote discussion and collaborative learning. Different models...

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