Top 10 resource downloads for January


1. Frozen Oceans X-Curric 7-11: How is the Arctic changing?

In this lesson students learn about the impacts of ice in the Arctic melting by watching a series of demonstrations. The context of the lesson is the work of Dr Helen Findlay who was investigating the effect of environmental change on the Arctic ecosystem.

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2. Our Ocean Planet Science/Geography 7-11: The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Dr Penny Holliday

Students investigate the relationship between latitude and climate, describing the major climate zones. Students will then investigate the impact of the ocean on climate with a specific reference to the Gulf Stream and its warming influence on the United Kingdom and northwest Europe. The lesson ends with students evaluating model answers and coming up with their own explanations.

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3. Ocean Plastics Design & Technology 11-14: Why should we recycle?

In this design and technology Key Stage 3 (KS3) lesson, students identify why they should recycle and how to encourage others to recycle more. Included are teacher resources for students to apply user-centred design principles to redesign a recycling bin to encourage recycling.

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4. Coral Oceans Science 7-11: Coral classification

This lesson introduces students to the range of life on the reef. Starting off by learning to name and identify different species, students will then sort these into different groups and start to use classification keys. More advanced classes may want to devise their own keys.

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5. Plankton, Plastics & Poo 14-16: What are microplastics and where do they come from?

In this lesson, students develop their understanding of how human actions can have a negative impact on the marine environment. The context of this lesson is investigating the amount of microplastics that students use every day in personal hygiene products.

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6. Climate and Energy Geography 14-16: What are the issues with renewable energy?

Renewable energy is currently responsible for approximately 30% of energy production in the UK. This figure has steadily risen since 1990, but is the increase enough? Can we produce enough energy via renewable sources to meet energy needs? What are the issues faced when generating renewable energy? In this lesson students will evaluate the positives and negatives of renewable energy production. They will also consider how renewable energy is affected by the weather.

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7. Submarine STEM Science 11-14: Submarine shape investigation

This lesson starts off by establishing the story of the whole unit. The students will be using the information learned in the unit to design a submarine for exploring the ocean depths. The context of the lesson is a practical investigation to discover a suitable shape that can dive and rise at a speed safe enough for the scientists inside the submarine. Students develop their understanding of forces, surface area, and fair testing.

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8. Code Smart Computing 7-11: Robot cars and smart cities

In the first lesson of this unit of work, we will introduce your class to the concept of robotics and autonomous cars. Your students will discuss what cities in the future will look like, and think about the role that robots and autonomous vehicles will play. Next, your class will work in groups to complete the main challenge of the first lesson: building the mBot, then getting it moving around the classroom with the remote control.

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9. Ocean Plastics Geography 11-14: Approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution

Students will look at two main schools of thought: ‘turn off the taps’, stopping plastic from entering the ocean by reducing plastic pollution, limiting single-use plastic use, improving waste management, and introducing alternative products; and ‘bail out the bath’, removing plastic waste from the ocean and beaches. Students engage in a silent debate followed by a group discussion to focus on what they believe is the most effective solution.

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10. Frozen Oceans Goegraphy 14-16: Ocean acidification- Data analysis

One of the most used data sets to show the trend in ocean acidification over the past 20 years is from the Hawaii Ocean Time-series. Students will use real data from a series of research ‘cruises’ to analyse the information and identify trends. There are options to use ICT to examine the data set, as well as using print outs of graphs and data tables.

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