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Planning a PEEP lesson

Use PEEP webpages with your students for any of several purposes:

  • to introduce a physics topic through a motivating context
  • to apply and consolidate recent learning of physics concepts
  • to illustrate ‘how science works’ with technological applications or ethical implications
  • to develop learning skills
  • to teach citizenship knowledge or skills through science
  • moral education

When first using the website with students, we suggest that you focus on one particular thread, then

  1. Decide on the learning objectives for the lesson.
  2. Check that the activities on the relevant PEEP pages suit your students. Amend the activities, omit some and add your own – whatever you judge will work best.
  3. Decide whether students will work online, from printed sheets based on PEEP webpages, or perhaps both.
  4. Have students work in pairs or in small groups, to encourage discussion. Allocate particular pages/sections and activities to each pair or group. You may want every group to work through the whole thematic thread.
  5. Have a plenary where groups report on their discussions and/or outcomes.

 Working with Discussion offers some standard activity types that you might use.

The PEEP website is organised into thematic ‘threads’ linking related pages. For example, the topic Space has several thematic threads:

-Are the costs of space exploration justified?

-What should be done about space debris?

-Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?

-Scientific and non-scientific questions about space.

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