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The Transit Method

In this activity, developed by the Institute of Physics, students use a lamp and polystyrene balls to model how astronomers detect exoplanets using the transit method. After completing this activity, students should: *Understand that the transit of a planet in front of its star temporarily reduces the star’s...

Fun-Size

These Fun-Size materials, from the Association for Science Education (ASE) are short 5-15 minute activities that enliven lessons. These are part of the SYCD AKA Science collection. They range from short games and word plays through to quick demonstrations. Fun-size is particularly useful when you are working...

Exoplanet atmospheres

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students use simple diffraction gratings to observe the spectra from different sources, and deduce how scientists can work out which chemicals are present in an exoplanet’s atmosphere. When an exoplanet passes in front of its star, some of the starlight is...

Day and Night, Seasons

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students model the motion of a planet around a star and investigate how day and night and seasons may be different on other planets. Working in pairs or small groups, students demonstrate night and day and seasons to each other. They can then go on to model...

Planet Density

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students use iron and sand to model the composition of the Earth and estimate what fraction of the Earth is occupied by its iron core. After completing this activity, students should be able to: *Measure mass and volume. *Calculate density from mass and volume...

Ginn Science: Year Two Resource File

Ginn Science Year Two Resource File for teachers was first published in 1988 and revised in 1995 to accommodate the 1995 National Curriculum in England and Wales. The revised file, of over 200 pages, contains full instructions for use of the materials provided to support science throughout Year Two in England or...

Ginn Science Activity Sheets Year Five

Ginn Science Activity Sheets for Year Five (students aged 9 to 10 years), published in 1994, are photocopiable resources which enable individuals or groups of students to work independently on the Ginn Science activities. 

The 40 activity sheets, referenced to the activities in the teachers' resource file...

Kitchen Science

From the Science Museum, this resource contains a booklet of science activities using everyday ingredients, with notes for teachers. The booklet contains step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home. The individual activities allow...

A Hydrogen-oxygen Fuel Cell

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, two methods of making a hydrogen oxygen fuel cell are described. One involves the use of platinum electrodes and the other uses carbon electrodes. Each cell has a potential difference of around 1 Volt. The resource provides a list of apparatus and...

Anodising Aluminium

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, anodises a strip of aluminium using electrolysis. Using clothes dye, the strip of metal can be dyed any colour. The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with teaching tips. Curriculum links include...

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