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- Newark, NJ
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A comprehensive lesson on acceleration awaits your physicists and engineers! Two YouTube videos pique their interest, then sample F=ma problems are worked and graphed. The highlight of the lesson is the building of a Lou-Vee air car! Emerging engineers find its mass and compute its acceleration in order to figure out the force provided by the "engine." Math and science collide in this forceful feat!
Students use real satellite data to determine the changes in near-surface air temperature at different times of the year over the Caribbean Sea. They discover how Earth's tilt causes seasonal differences in incoming solar energy. They explore satellite data to investigate the near surface air temperature.
Young scholars investigate the concept of rising air in the formation of clouds and precipitation. In this rising air lesson plan, students conduct an experiment with hot and cold water that shows how warm water rises due to thermal buoyancy. They discuss the explanation of the results of unstable air such as thunderstorms.
Students explore physics by reading a story with their class. In this flight lesson, students read the book Full of Hot Air and discuss the possibilities of flight without wings or an engine. Students define vocabulary terms from the story and answer study questions as well.
The type of air mass that covers an area will impact its weather significantly. In this lesson, mini-meteorologists classify the air masses over Oklahoma by examining the temperature and moisture content of the air. They will need prior understanding of how to read and contour maps. If you don't mind having your class focus on the state of Oklahoma, this is an outstanding activity to help learners grasp what constitutes air masses. Links to maps, worksheets, and vocabulary are all provided.
Sixth graders demonstrate understanding by creating a visual product. They will read The Big Balloon Race, by Eleanor Coerr and create a chart using vocabulary from the book. They also write a poem on hot air balloons using the newly acquired vocabulary. In the end, they craft their own paper hot air balloon.
In this chemical reactions worksheet, students experiment with reactions between 4 different metals with water, acid and air. Students make observations of copper, iron, zinc and magnesium with water, acid and air. They write an analysis and draw conclusions about their results.
Third graders recognize that there is a relationship between art and culture. In this hot air balloons art lesson, 3rd graders relate symbols on air balloons to physical science. Students examine symmetrical balance and work in groups to create original designs with repeating patterns.