All Key stage 2: topic C5e articles – Page 2

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    The Mpemba effect

    Help discover why warm water freezes quicker than cold water. The Royal Society of Chemistry offered £1000 for the best and most creative explanation of this phenomenon, known as the Mpemba effect. View the winning entry, try the experiment for yourself, or read the original paper.

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    The nature of science: Concept Cartoons

    The nature of science resources try to give students an awareness of science as a changing body of knowledge. This resource uses concept cartoons to help students engage with difficult scientific concepts.

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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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    Solids, liquids and gases

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    The ‘solids, liquids and gases’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that materials can be classified as solid, liquid or gas, and to recognise the difference.

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    Separating mixtures

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    The ‘separating mixtures’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how sieving can separate particles of different sizes and other methods used for separating mixtures.

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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: crystal chemistry

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    A fun experiment to grow your own crystals using everyday items

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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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    Mixing and dissolving materials

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    The ‘mixing and dissolving materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that mixtures are made up of more than one substance and that some mixtures can be separated.

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    Heating and cooling materials

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    The ‘heating and cooling 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 some materials change when they are heated, and that some of these changes are irreversible.

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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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    AfL: What happens when substances dissolve? What is a precipitate?

    Assessment for Learning is an effective way of actively involving students in their learning. Each session plan comes with suggestions about how to organise activities and worksheets that may be used with students.

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    AfL: What happens when a substance changes state?

    Assessment for Learning is an effective way of actively involving students in their learning. Each session plan comes with suggestions about how to organise activities and worksheets that may be used with students.

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    AfL: Acids and alkalis

    Actively involve pupils in their learning with engaging activities and worksheets around the topic of acids and alkalis.

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    Separating sand and salt

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    In this experiment students separate a mixture of sand and salt. This illustrates the fundamental meaning of separating an insoluble material from one which is soluble.

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    Outreach: Science festivals

    This set of handouts can be used to inspire people of all ages to take up chemistry in their own home! Racing raisins, cornflour gloop, erupting volcanoes, reaction times and iron from breakfast cereal are all covered here.

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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.