Apparatus and techniques in science

Worksheets and lesson ideas to challenge students to think hard about apparatus and techniques in science (GCSE and Key Stage 3)

How to use the Bunsen burner

Key Stage 3 worksheet on how to use a Bunsen burner. This activity is a great way to make sure that students are clear on exactly what great practice looks like when using a Bunsen burner. It should be used after you have taught students how to use a Bunsen burner. Students work in pairs. One student is taking the test and the other is the examiner. The examiner asks the student to complete a series of tasks listed in the table. Once the test is over the roles are switched. (PDF)

Naming scientific apparatus – play Pick It!

Every practical class I am in I always ask students ‘what is the name of this?’. Quite often students are unable to name common lab apparatus they are using. An easy and fun way to get students to learn the names of apparatus is to play a simple game called Pick It. The rules are simple. Place all the apparatus for a practical on the front desk. Divide the class in half and then ask one member of the class to come to the front and ‘pick’ a specific item of apparatus. If they get it right the team gets a point. Now ask the other half of the class to pick a different item. Not only is this great AFL i.e. you can see when students pick the wrong apparatus, it is also fun and memorable.