Drama modules link Science classes to the everyday world

If you want to bring Science topics alive with years 7-11 school students in your classes then use ActUp modules. From operating on torches, interviewing astronauts to using levers ActUp makes your classes different, fun and interactive. Each module is a complete lesson plan, and includes short play, discussion and activities.

S1 Recording Feeding Habits of Familiar Animals
S2 Creating Pie Graphs of Eye Colours
S3 Learning To Recycle Paper
S4 Examining The Impact Of A Technological Advance
S5 Operating On A Torch
S6 Pulleys And Levers
S7 Interviewing An Astronaut About The Moon 
S8 Planetary Party
S9 Supermarket Equipment
S10 Time Travel and Technology
S11 Interview An Electronics Engineer
S12 Interview A Fitness Centre Worker
S13 Flood Alert
S14 Interview An Astronaut About The Solar System
S15 Interview An Astronaut About Living In Space
S16 Interview An Astronaut About Planet Earth
S17 Interview An Astronaut About The Sun
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S1 Recording Feeding Habits Of Familiar Animals (Making Sense of the Living World / Life and Living)
Why do we eat? Most of us never stop to think why or even how food arrives on our doorstep. By acting out this role play which looks at the eating habits of two people, students will better understand the feeding habits of familiar animals.

S2 Creating Pie Graphs of Eye Colours (Making Sense of the Living World / Life and Living)
Visible physical features can vary enormously within a species. Just how varied they can be is revealed in this role play where the students scientifically record, by means of a pie graph, the variety of eye and hair colours in the class.

S3 Learning To Recycle Paper (Making Sense Of The Material World / Natural and Processed Materials)
Have you ever wondered about how paper is made? Or thought about how straightforward it is to recycle unwanted items? This role play briefly takes students through the paper making process and also touches on how easy it is to recycle previously unwanted items.

S4 Examining The Impact Of A Technological Advance (Making Sense Of The Material World / Natural and Processed Materials)
Although technological advances are commonplace these days, they don't just happen. In this role play, a skateboarding competition forms the basis of a discussion on other technological advances such as contact lenses, CDs.
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S5 Operating On A Torch (Making Sense Of The Physical World / Energy and Change)
The torch is a good example of a simple, yet effective scientific advance. In this role play, a torch is operated on in a hospital emergency department. The results reveal just how simple are the components of a torch.

S6 Pulleys And Levers (Making Sense Of The Physical World / Energy and Change)
Pulleys and levers have been around for a long time as two means of gaining force or momentum. In this play, students use their initiative and the principles of leverage and pulleys to release a fellow classmate trapped under a stack of boxes. The students discover just how simple is the physics of levers and pulleys and how widespread their use is.

S7 Interviewing An Astronaut (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond / Earth and Beyond)
How does the Moon differ from Earth? The interview of Astronaut Alson answers some of the question and is a stimulating way for students to acquire some knowledge of outer space. It also leads to other activities requiring research to discover more facts and figures.

S8 Planetary Party (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond / Earth and Beyond)
It is important for students to learn about planets and the night sky. By role playing a planetary party students learn in a stimulating manner about planet earth and beyond. Furthermore the role play leads naturally on to activities and discussion of planetary features and phenomena.
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S9 Supermarket Equipment (Making Sense Of The Nature Of Science And Its Relationship to Technology / Working Scientifically)
We all take for granted the technology which runs supermarkets. This role play makes students aware, by means of an interview with a checkout operator, of the technological aids in a supermarket.

S10 Time Travel and Technology (Making Sense Of The Nature Of Science And Its Relationship to Technology / Working Scientifically)
Technological advances in the past 100 years are vast. This role play is a novel way of looking at such advances. It also sets up other striking comparisons/differences between then and now to explore.

S11 Interview An Electronics Engineer : This role play introduces interview skills and outlines the importance of science qualifications for going onto further training or employment in a science-related occupation. This role play outlines an electronics engineer training pathway and job outline using an interview situation. Students can research other occupations and be interviewed using a similar format.

S12 Interview A Fitness Centre Worker: This role play introduces interview skills and the importance of subject choice for going onto further training or employment in an occupation that doesn't immediately seem science-related. Students perform characters in a interview situation involving an interviewer and fitness centre worker. The other students are the audience. Students can research other occupations and be interviewed using a similar format.
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S13 Flood Alert (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond / Earth and Beyond): Students assume the roles of characters who hear a heavy rain warning that is predicted to lead to severe flooding in the area where they are staying. Students discuss strategies and the effects weather can have on human activity.Top

S14 Interviewing An Astronaut Who Has Just Returned From Visiting The Solar System (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond)
What's in our solar system? This interview with Astronaut Alson is a stimulating and fun way for students to acquire knowledge of the solar system.

S15 Interviewing An Astronaut Who Has Just Returned From Living And Working In Space (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond)
What's in like to live and work in space? This interview with Astronaut Alson is a stimulating and fun way for students to learn about living and working in space.

S16 Interviewing An Astronaut Who Has Just Returned From Visiting Planet Earth (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond)
What's Earth look like from space? This interview with Astronaut Alson is a stimulating and fun way for students to acquire knowledge of our own planet Earth.
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S17 Interviewing An Astronaut About The Sun (Making Sense Of Planet Earth And Beyond)
What's it like near the sun? This interview with Astronaut Alson is a stimulating and fun way for students to acquire knowledge of the sun.

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