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Make models of space exploration craft. Rated easy to challenging, some are even edible.

Use this video to explore the risk of aateroid impact, comets and what we learnt from the Cassini mission. There are suggestions for experiments or demonstrations and additional teaching notes about why the sky is blue that can be downloaded.

An online lesson plan, supported by video clips, which includes frost shattering and the formation of igneous rocks.

Chemical weathering or: my breath and rock chippings from the car park. Practical exercise from excellent RSC JESEI site with teachers' and pupils' notes.

Worksheets and details of practical work to illustrate many aspects of rocks, weathering, rock cycle and carbon cycle.

A pack of lesson plans that can be downloaded, together with video clips from the BBC children's science show that are linked to each lesson. The pack has worksheets and suggested activities for KS3 and 4.

Detailed climate change resource page, with facts and figures and links to many other resources and web sites.

Worksheets and details of practical work to illustrate many aspects of rocks, weathering, rock cycle and carbon cycle.

An outline of a fun activity. Pupils design and launch a water powered plastic soft drinks bottle with an egg attached. there are points for length of time in the air and survival of the egg. You could use the

2 videos that can be analysed frame by frame to study how falling is independent of mass.

Useful background material as well as info on the Solar System, planets, phases of the moon... presented in an entertaining and accessible style.

A Blockbusters quiz about the Earth and Solar System.

Get pupils to play around with this interactive demo to see how the Earth moves around the Sun. Can they describe what is going on with the Moon?

An interactive activity to help children learn about the Earth, Sun and Moon.

A Blockbusters quiz about the Sun, Moon, Earth.

An excellent animation that shows the scale of the Universe

A wealth of resources about the Earth, Moon, Solar System and Universe

Details of different types of rocks, weathering and rock cycle. Also activity (video) and test.

Lovely Flash animation of the rock cycle; each section provides clickable links to further animations and information.

An interactive game based on key words that could be played in pairs or small groups, or on an interactive whiteboard.

Students site with many resources from the US Environmental Protection Agency kids' site. Includes videos, quizes and interactive activities.

Details of different types of rocks, weathering and rock cycle. Also activity (video) and test.

Attractive site with teacher resources, games, videos and many other sources of information on climate change, greenhouse effect and more.

2 animated slides showing oil formation and trapping.

A thought provoking exercise about gravity. Useful as a starter to a lesson.

Information page on the difference between mass and weight. Nice exercise to calculate pupils' weight on different planets. Reference to 'other worlds' could lead to misconceptions.

A wealth of information and some great interactive simulations about gravity.

Three short videos on gravity. Quicktime required.

Two simple activities to help in the understanding of gravity.

An interactive experiment simulating Galileo's Pisa Experiment. Click on the picture to get started.

Complete a number of tasks by controlling the thrust and angle of a rocket launch.

An interactive activity that explains how playing sports on the Moon would be different.

A page explaining the difference between mass and weight.

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