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Thinkers Activity 2: Living well *suitable for home teaching*

In this resource, aimed at primary level, children explore the requirements for successful plant growth and plan fair tests to investigate their ideas. Children are then challenged to explain how plants adapt to live in different conditions such as: deserts, in shady areas of rainforests and in water. It includes...

Plants *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from ARKive, is designed to teach students  about the main parts of a plant and their primary functions. Children complete a worksheet-based activity in which they must label and colour the main plant parts. This includes listing the function of each part. Children learn about some of the different...

Evaluating statements about probability

This is a concept development lesson that is designed to assess how well students understand the concepts of:

  • Equally likely events
  • Randomness
  • Sample size

The central theme of the lesson is to address common misconceptions relating to probability. The main activity is to...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Around the World *suitable for home teaching*

In this activity, students use the speed, distance, time equation to calculate how long it takes to travel to destinations around the globe from the UK via today's global transport options. They are then introduced to a new concept to global travel: the vacuum tube train - will this solve some of the problems they...

Errors *suitable for home teaching*

The Nuffield Foundation provides this activity which uses examples in the context of shape and space to help students understand how big errors may be, and how errors accumulate when measurements are used in calculations. This is particularly important in scientific contexts. Students are required to find the upper...

Function Finders *suitable for home teaching*

Produced by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in this activity students translate DNA sequences into a series of amino acids to discover which protein is coded for and its function.

Students are supplied with a worksheet with DNA sequences and a codon wheel to decode the codons into amino acids. The amino...

Galapagos Conservation (Ages 16-19) *suitable for home teaching*

From ARKive, these resources help students to learn about the Galapagos Islands, their biodiversity and conservation. Through a series of activities, students look at: * the scientific history and importance of the Galapagos Islands * the species that inhabit the islands including the concept of endemic species *...

Mass Spectroscopy *suitable for home teaching*

This resource looks at how cutting edge science is being used to answer archaeological questions, as well as solving present day problems, such as the identification of meat in processed foods. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA was performed, at the University of York, on samples from skeletal remains unearthed by the...

Penguin Diversity: Mask Making (Age 5-7)

Through this fun and creative activity, from the ARKive collection, students learn about the different types of penguin species and how they have adapted, physically and behaviourally, to live in different environments. Each student is provided with the materials to make a mask showing one species of penguin, which...

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