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Day and night sky

This online resource identifies the features of the day and night sky.

The resource is a Scootle interactive where students can identify the features of the day and night sky through seeing representations of them on the screen.

This activity could be used to lead a discussion (e.g. Why stars can only be seen at night, whereas the Moon can be seen in the day and the night).

Light shows - PrimaryConnections

This online resource helps teach younger students about light.

The resource is a unit of work where students learn how the reflection, absorption and refraction of light enables them to see.

It includes eight structured lessons, guiding students through an integrated sequence based on the 5Es learning model.

It also includes comprehensive lesson plans, activities, student handouts and additional teaching support material.  

The place that’s right for me

This Scootle resource is an interactive challenge for Year 1 students and requires them to make decisions about animals and their habitats. Students may explore how animal body parts and functions are suited to their needs within their respective habitats by exploring simulated environments of different animals' habitats. It presents data on each animal including diet, and details the relationship between its physical characteristics and adaptation.

Where there’s smoke

This Scootle resource allows students to examine on both a macro and molecular scale the effects of adding and removing the radioactive element of a smoke detector, as well as the impact smoke has on the detector's operation. The initial task asks students to write a short description of how the smoke detector works. The challenge section (at the bottom of the page) asks more detailed questions and would make a good homework or holiday assignment.

Alpha, beta and gamma of radiation

This online resource examines the effect of distance on different types of radiation.

In this interactive activity different sources of radiation can be selected by the student, along with a variety of screens (e.g., smoke, paper, glass etc.) that can be placed between the source and the detector. 

This activity could be used on an interactive whiteboard as a demonstration. Alternatively, a structured worksheet could be created that allowed students to collect data on the effect of distance or screens on radiation counts.

Types of matter - using the particle model assessment

This Scootle assessment item follows on from the 'states of matter' activity and tests student’s ability to identify characteristics of solids, liquids and gases using the particle model. At the end a report is created that can be printed and handed to a teacher. This assessment is useful in quickly identifying the students who have grasped the concept. It can be used as a pre-test to determine prior knowledge and then post-test to show improvement.

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