All Key stage 2: topic C5a articles – Page 2

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    Water and hydrogels

    Challenge your students to answer the question: are we wasting water?

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    The properties of materials and their everyday uses: That’s Chemistry!

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    The ‘properties of materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of materials affects their suitability for different uses.

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    Solids, Liquids and Gases

    Cartoon animations that explain in simple terms why different materials have different properties and how they change on heating and cooling. Other animations cover separating solids from liquids and show what happens to a solid when it dissolves in a liquid. Courtesy of the ABPI.

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    Outreach: thermochromic materials

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    Chemicals and materials which change colour are fun and useful. In this activity you will handle thermochromic materials.

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    Outreach: magic sand

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    Magic sand is magic because when it is in water it stays dry. Observe and learn about the usefulness of this hydrophobic subtance.

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    Outreach: crime scene chromatography

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    The best pens for this activity are (1) A black felt tip pen (2) A black permanent pen (3) A Non-permanent black pen. These look the same on paper but have different chromatography results.

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    Insulation and conduction: That’s Chemistry!

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    The ‘Insulation and conduction’ chapter from That’s Chemistry!: This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how materials have different properties, including whether they are conductors or insulators of heat and/or electricity.

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    Grouping and classifying materials: That’s Chemistry!

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    The ‘grouping and classifying materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at the key ideas and activities that can be used to teach primary students how to group and classify materials.

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    Cracking Chemistry!

    Work your way through these fun chemistry practicals developed by National Science & Engineering Week.

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    Chemistry in your shopping basket

    Demonstrating that chemistry really is everywhere.

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    Beat the flood challenge

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    Links to Practical Action s beat the flood challenge, including the teacher and student materials, beat the flood poster, competition winners and schools experiences of the challenge. Video: Beat the flood

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    Modelling sedimentary rocks

    Students use syringes to make samples of sedimentary rock from sand both with and without cementing agents.

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    Limestone weathering

    This activity is designed for students aged 11-14. It can be used to reinforce work on the reactions of carbonates with acids as well as the chemical weathering of rock.

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    Hand warmers

    Use these student activities and teacher guide to investigate reusable and disposable hand warmers. You will compare reusable variants made with sodium acetate vs disposable handwarmers. You can also try making your own hand warmers. These activities may work well as a project on class topics like ‘winter’ or ‘body ...

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    Weathering and erosion

    Examine the ways in which water can weather rocks, by solution and by freeze-thaw. 

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    Wood conservation - the Mary Rose

    The Mary Rose is a wooden Tudor warship that sank off Portsmouth in 1545. While on the sea bed, most of her hull became covered in silt, which effectively sealed it and the artefacts it contained in anaerobic (air-free) conditions and preserved them from decay.

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    Gravestones

    Investigation into the weathering of different types of rock.

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    Mission starlight

    The mission? To protect astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light

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    Space: science ideas webs

    A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic space. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups.

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    The Victorians: science ideas webs

    A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic the Victorians. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups.