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A possible short immersion program for students who have not learnt only in English before 

This is based on and uses some parts of the iGCSE CAIE 0620 syllabus. It is more suited for students who have already learnt some middle school (students aged about 11 to 14) Chemistry before. 

The Introduction Booklet can be found by clicking here

Lesson 2 - Creating a presentation to give to the class

For more information relating to the presentation project click below depending on your topic:

Topic 1 States of matter

Topic 9 Group 4 elements

Topic 6 Energy

Topic 5 Electrochemistry

Topic 14 Oil

Topic 7 Chemical Reactions

For an electronic version of the presentation project's peer assessment questionnaire, click here.  

Lesson 5: Is radiation good or bad?


Poster project in groups of 2 to 6. Create a poster that looks at a specific type of radiation and analyses if that radiation is good or bad. Ideas to possibly consider is UV light, which can cause skin cancer, Radiotherapy which can cure cancer, nuclear waste, nuclear energy, nuclear war, x-rays, radio waves, microwaves (used for mobile phones 

For ideas on different ways to present information, look at The Periodic Table of Visualisation, by clicking here

For videos about radiation, click here

For 4 essays on radiochemistry by the Royal Society for Chemistry, click here

For a wide variety of articles that go well beyond the syllabus but should be accessible and could be of interest, click here.

To learn more about chemistry from the world's most prestigious science and chemistry societies visit these pages:

The Royal Society (from the UK, Newton, Darwin, and others were all members; interesting but their audience is active scientists)

To Royal Society of Chemistry (Much less exclusive, and newer than the society above, but much more accessible to students)

Royal Institute (They have worked to popularize science in London since 1800 with their world-famous lectures)

National Academy of Science (The US version of the Royal Society)

National Academy of Science - Science and Entertainment Exchange (US outreach program that tries to make science more entertaining)

The Nobel Prize Organisation (The world's version of the Royal Society)

Lesson 6: The Periodic Table of Elements

Powerpoint presentation (the videos are below) of the different groups in the periodic table, click here. For the worksheet, click here

For the videos of the different elements see below, (or if you have access, you can see the whole library of videos about the periodic table by clicking here) :

  • Aluminium

  • Americium

  • Arsenic

  • Gold

  • Helium

  • Magnesium

  • Mercury

  • Potassium

  • Tin

  • Sulfur

Lesson 7: Metals, non-metals, and metalloids

For a good video on how silicon actually works, here's the YouTube version (which will have subtitles), or if you click here for a version without subtitles that doesn't need a VPN.

For the worksheet about categorising elements into metals, metalloids and non-metals, click here.

For Periodic Table Bingo, click here

Lesson 8: Delivering the presentation

Your presentation will be graded based on how well your group's presentation matches these key aspects of a good presentation of science, which can be found by clicking here.

Lesson 9: Who gets to decide what Chemistry is? And feedback on the course.

To find out more about the most important organisation in Chemistry, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, they decide things like the names of new elements), click here.  

For the worksheet about where on Earth different elements are named after, click here.

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