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Learners create a presentation about acid rain's effect on rocks. In this earth science lesson, students explain the formation of acid rain. They discuss the effect of elevated pH on various water organisms .
Understanding Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks
Sixth graders explain the stages of the rock cycle. For this earth science lesson, 6th graders classify rocks according to their type. They create a model of the rock cycle using different methods and present this in class.
Trees as a Vehicle for Energy Transfer
Tenth graders investigate how energy is transferred from place to place. In this earth science lesson, 10th graders hypothesize which temperature data logger displays greater-than-mean temperature. They collect data over a period of 3 weeks and graph them to analyze the trend.
Students examine the weight of rocks and find that different types of rocks have different weights. In this rock lesson, students work in pairs and examine rocks with a hand lens and a balance scale. Students compare the weights of various rocks.
Changing Forms of Energy
Eighth graders discuss how energy transforms from one form to another. In this physics lesson, 8th graders explore different lab station set up and explain how each materials convert energy. They list common objects that use energy to operate.
Students study the rock cycle and how sedimentary rocks form. In this rock lesson students create a model and a PowerPoint presentation.
Third graders investigate caves. In this erosion lesson, 3rd graders develop new vocabulary, write a report about caves and illustrate their knowledge of caves. Students create models of caves and record their observations.
Learners evaluate geology by completing a Venn diagram activity. In this sand lesson, students identify where sand comes from, how it forms on beaches and under water and why there are different types of sand. Learners define a list of vocabulary terms, perform a sand sifting exercise and complete a Venn diagram worksheet based on two sand samples.
The Great Race
Students identify earth science by conducting a temperature experiment in class. In this water properties lesson, students define matter related terms and identify how temperature can change the form of water. Students utilize a popsicle and ziplock bags to conduct a matter activity and then complete an assessment worksheet.
Every Rock Has a Story
Ninth graders classify different rocks according to their properties. In this earth science instructional activity, 9th graders explain the processes in the rock cycle. They write a creative story about a rock going through each cycle.
Am I Big and Blue or Small and Yellow?
Students explore the concept of physical properties using a Venn diagram. In this classifying lesson, students compare provided objects by shape, size, and color. They then explore collecting and organizing objects of their own. Students are assessed by classifying soil samples at the conclusion of the lesson.
Recreate the Periodic Table of Elements
Students examine properties of different elements. In this chemistry lesson, students organize these elements into a new periodic table. They present their work in class.
Fish Camp Packaging
Tenth graders observe the change in temperature in different solutions. In this physical science lesson, 10th graders explain the flow of energy in the system. They determine what role salt played in the process.
Waving Goodbye to Rocks
Students explore the concept that smaller rocks come from larger rocks that have been broken. In this waving goodbye to rocks lesson plan, students examine the rock cycle as it pertains to weathering of larger rocks. Students are introduced to vocabulary related to the topic of rocks and work in a group using marshmallow treats to explore the breakdown of rocks.
Interactive Reading Project
Students discuss books they are reading during the semester through e-mail with other students. They complete a reading interest survey, e-mail their partner weekly, and read and suggest six novels by the end of the semester.
Learners research biology by participating in a movement experiment. In this force lesson, students utilize a group of toys in class, some of which can be pushed and others can be pulled. Learners create a worm or centipede type object using the different toys attached together.
Mountains and Valleys
Students research earth science by writing a letter in class. In this topography lesson, students identify the types of land forms which occur in nature and discuss how mountains and valleys are formed. Students identify real life mountains and valleys, define vocabulary related to nature and write a descriptive letter about their favorite mountains and valleys.
Modeling the Solar System
Eighth graders create a scale model of the solar system. In this earth science instructional activity, 8th graders calculate the number of grains of rice needed to get to Earth from other planets if they are arranged end to end. They complete their science journals after the activity.
Disappearing Acts: Which Substances Dissolve In Water?
Students observe what objects dissolve in water and how their shape is changed. In this dissolving lesson plan, students record data for what they see. Students test syrup, blocks, tissue paper, cocoa mix, and more.
Endothermic and Exothermic Chemical Reactions
Ninth graders describe the energy transfer in endothermic and exothermic reactions. In this physical science lesson, 9th graders observe reactions in the lab and classify them according to the two types mentioned. Given a set of chemical equations, they classify them as either endothermic and exothermic.