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Learners examine the characteristics of fungi. In this biology lesson plan, students investigate the factors needed for fungi growth. They collect data and observations and write a report about them.
Mini mycologists plan an experiment to determine what affects the growth of mold on gelatin. A list of available materials is provided, but the procedure needs to be designed by the lab group. A data table is also provided in which to record seven days of observations. Unfortunately, there is no obvious way to measure results, making this more of a simple observation than a scientific investigation. The activity should lead to a valid discussion of how to store food and lessen mold growth.
Eighth graders are introduced to the topic of Environmental Chemistry. In groups, they review the steps within the scientific method and develop their own hypothesis and design an experiment. They solve equations related to the properties of matter and discover how to determine the differences between a chemical and physical change. To end the instructional activity, they use the layers of the atmosphere and solve problems related to the environment.
Students discuss how different animals would move in the painting Grand Canyon in the Yellowstone. In this imaginative lesson plan, students also experiment with the sound of water with the waterfall inside the painting.
Students assess and experiment with the role of plant pigments in photosynthesis. They relate the basic principles of photosynthesis utilizing paper chromatography to evaluate a hypothesis regarding plant pigments as well as the role of chlorophyll in photosynthesis.
Pupils, working in pairs, conceive of an invention. Then, students develop a history for their invention and write a research paper, going through the entire writing process, and finally each pair presents its invention to the class.
Students make a clay boat and test its bouyancy. They experiment to try to build the biggest boat that holds the most weight without sinking. They discover basic principles of boat design and density.
Eighth graders study geological time and distance.  For this geology lesson students divide into groups, draw conclusions and test their idea. 
Learners build a realistic sense of geological time, seek clues of transition fossils and find them.  In this investigative lesson students complete several activities and worksheets on fossils. 
Young scholars describe, orally or in writing, ways people have depended on water during different periods of history.
Students investigate how the scientific process can be applied to making a new salad dressing recipe.
Sixth graders observe with a microscope such simple crystals as salt, sugar, cream of tartar, and other chemicals which are listed in detail. They observe the crystalline structure and make comparisons, culminating in the creation of several diverse crystals.
Students analyze the outcome of a scientific experiment using free downloadable software. They collect experimental data to use statistical software to determine if the observations are likely due to the treatment or random chance.
Students determine their lung capacity by completing a science experiment with a bottle of water. In this lung science lesson, students discuss the lungs' purpose. Students complete an experiment to determine their lung capacity using a water filled bottle.
The students will design a lab to test the mechanism that triggers spore dispersal. They should have some clues after making observations of the life cycle. Part of the fun here is to let the students devise a method for testing this mechanism and be able to repeat the protocol with similar results.
Third graders plant seeds and see how they will grow in a specific temperature and are questioned about different environments and how they think crops would grow there. They form a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and then collect results and come up with a solution.
Students analyze the teachings of Barbara Ehrenreich about women and culture. In this women and culture lesson, students define "joy" and "collective joy." Students do field research on these topics and write a field report and a letter to Ehrenreich.
Learners outline a piece of writing about George Washington Carver. They read and discuss horticultural studies before taking part in peanut experiments.
Young scholars form a hypothesis for a water cycle experiment. In this water cycle lesson plan, students create their own environment with water and earth to study the water cycle. Young scholars complete a handout to make a hypothesis and prediction of the water cycle in their environment. Students place their environment in a window and observe it for several days.
Students explore the uses of bird beaks in the wild by participating in experiment stations. In this bird adaptation lesson, students work in groups and complete experiment stations that represent different types of bird beaks. Students hypothesize about which beak will work best to attain the food and then test the experiment. Students graph the best beak data. Students complete a matching activity for bird and beak as an assessment.

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