Top resources Science Teachers can use in lessons
Science lends itself to creative teaching processes and methods, giving science teachers a plethora of ways to make lessons fun and engaging.
From explaining theory in new ways to developing a deeper understanding through experiments, there is an abundance of resources and online tools that secondary teachers can use.
But with so many different resources available, just where should science teachers start looking?
Best Evidence Science Teaching
With resources available to aid teaching for pupils aged 11-14 in chemistry, physics and biology, science teachers can pick from a set of free toolkits from the Best Evidence Science Teaching collection.
Alongside support for lesson planning, the resources tackle common misunderstandings and misconceptions, as well as how to integrate practical work and conceptual progression into the classroom.
Based on extensive educational research, the toolkits provide a means for secondary teachers to ensure that they can teach difficult ideas effectively.
Developed by scientists at the University of Nottingham, Periodic Videos helps to bring the elements to life through a series of videos.
Each short video can support secondary teachers in their efforts to develop a better understanding of the periodic table among their pupils, through the use of experiments and other exciting tasks.
As well as videos for each element, there’s also a number of other videos with different experiments and stories, alongside several that explore other areas of chemistry.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Chem Collective enables pupils to carry out experiments in a virtual lab.
Science teachers can set real-world scenarios and problems, or encourage their pupils to develop simulations that can enhance their understanding.
The resources can act as an alternative to textbook learning, providing a flexible online environment that can be used both in and out of the classroom.
Focusing on genetics, health and bioscience, Teach Genetics from the team at the University of Utah includes a wide range of resources that can support lesson planning.
Although predominantly aimed at the US education system, science teachers can still rely on many parts of the resources to add depth to their classroom teaching.
Scitable – Nature.com
Designed as a collaborative learning space for science, Scitable enables secondary teachers to create reading lists of resources, research tools and to collate relevant discussion threads.
With videos and other resources available that explore key concepts, science teachers can pick the aspects that are relevant to their particular classes, helping to create a fun and engaging learning environment.
Oxford University Press
With free resources for pupils aged 11-18, Oxford University Press is packed with worksheets, interactive experiments, lessons and other activities to aid the teaching of science.
Science packs explore aspects such as Mars, Antarctica and Tutankhamun, as well as the periodic table, evolutionary theory and space.
The Royal Society of Biology
Science teachers can explore free resources and an array of appealing secondary education lesson plans from the Royal Society of Biology.
It includes ideas for classroom group activities, competitions and details relating to how secondary teachers can involve their classes in biology week, which runs every October.
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