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8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

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  • 8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

1. Cosmetic chemistry

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

Cosmetics and makeup provide many links across the KS4 chemistry syllabus, including nanoparticles, emulsions and bonding. This lesson plan also encompasses media, ethics and the environment.

2. Newton's apple seed

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

Invite your KS4 pupils to study the private life of plants and observe first-hand how their determination to live, grow, feed and compete for territory rivals that of any animal. Find the lesson here.

3. Potions and precipitates

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

In this KS3 lesson, Dr Joanna Rhodes looks at how pupils can engage with the joys of chemistry by getting involved in some hands-on experiments involving potions, cauldrons, colourful reactions and more besides – while at the same time building their science vocabulary and exploring some cross-curricular links to biology.

4. Thought experiment

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

These original and inspiring activities from Dr Joanna Rhodes could go a long way towards helping your students with the challenges of KS4 science.

5. Meaning business

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

By necessity, the language employed in the study and practice of KS4 science is highly specific and precise – to the point that it’s worth teaching as a distinct linguistic phenomenon, rather than simply expecting students to pick it up for themselves. Find out more here.

6. Bionic ionic

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

Lego bricks, crisps and a bit of bling – they all come together in this superb KS4 lesson that helps students appreciate the strong connection between chemistry and its importance within living systems

7. Perfect storm

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

This series of engaging classroom activities and app-based homeword suggestions will get your KS3 pupils thinking about weather, the factors that influence it and how weather predictions are made and presented.

8. Ebola enigma

8 Innovative KS3/4 Science Lesson Plans To Try

In this KS3 lesson plan students assume the role of disease prevention experts and are tasked with devising a strategy to contain the spread of Ebola in parts of West Africa, in the process learning about the region’s various cultural and economic factors that serve to make an already complex situation even more challenging.

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