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Through reading and discussion, aspiring astronomers consider the question of whether or not there was ever life on the planet Mars. Throughout the process, they review how scientific investigations are carried out, examine the definition of life, and practice scientific literacy. An intriguing reading passage and 16 questions are provided via a student handout. 
Astronomy stars read the account of the Zarkah meteorite that struck thickly populated Park Forest, Chicago in 2003. In doing so, they differentiate between meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids. They will also be able to explain ablation, fusion crust, and types of meteorites. Two different reading passages and associated questions are provided in a handout for your class. 
Depending on the level of maturity of your class, the case study presented here could be fascinating. It focuses on the mating behavior and post-mating rituals of the Australian redback spider, which involves the female eating the male after fertilization. The PowerPoint is very interesting, but could be a classroom management nightmare with immature pupils. However, it may be a great lesson plan to use with an AP class or select students in science club. Discussion questions are imbedded in the presentation, but there is no assignment beyond that. The video link on slide 14 does not work; there is another link in the teaching notes, but you may choose to just delete this slide.
Do men and women experience heart disease the same way? High school and college-level biologists examine a case study about a woman, Nancy, who is experiencing intermittent health issues; looking at her diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, your future doctors and nurses determine what could be the diagnosis and cause of Nancy's pain and weakness, and how her experiences differ from those of her husband, Jim. 
Students evaluate websites regarding sexual health information. In this media awareness lesson, students discuss facts and myths regarding sex as they determine how to find reputable online and print resources.
Oftentimes, things that appear similar on the surface are actually very different. With a microscope or microviewer, kids can see these subtleties first-hand, then create a game for others to differentiate between materials. Depending on the age of your young scientists, they can practice observation skills, compare and contrast, or even create their own dichotomous keys with these engaging activities.
Here is a case study for high school or college-level learners about space exploration equipment that has failed. The class reads about the Mars Climate Orbiter that was destroyed in 1999 and discusses the costs and benefits of space exploration. A little math is involved as they calculate escape velocities and travel times. There are four parts to this lesson that you can pick and choose from to make it fit with your curriculum and schedule.
Discover your inner microbe with this short online quiz. Kids can answer a few short questions to find out with which microbe they have the most in common. As a class, kids could group themselves with like microbes, then teach the rest of the class a few of the traits of their microbe. Young zoologists begin to understand how diverse the microbial world can be. If you do not have access to a computer lab, there is also a flipbook version of the quiz.
High schoolers examine writings from the period the American Revolutionary War. They focus on the writing of Benjamin Franklin, and attempt to emulate his style and focus. Franklin's writings literally helped to transform the nation, and he kept a type of journal called a "virtue log." Students make their own virtue logs, and write about something they want to improve in themselves, society, or at school. This three-day project should lead to some thoughtful writing, and it will be interesting to hear what each pupil has to say.
Aspiring astronauts graph, interpret, and analyze data. They investigate the relationship between two variables in a problem situation. Using both graphic and symbolic representations they will grasp the concept of line of best fit to describe the relationship between two variables. They also apply measures of central tendency in a problem situation. This math lesson plan provides student handouts, calculator exercises, and answer keys. 
Who was Jimmy Carter, and what is he well-known for? Explore the presidency of Jimmy Carter with this lesson. High schoolers analyze primary sources (included) and compare the energy crisis of the 1970s to today's energy issue.
Seventh graders participate in digital citizenship case studies involving intellectual property and copyright issues such as plagiarism, software installation, Web content and trademarks. They discuss ethical and unethical decisions about the case studies in the context of their homes and schools.
Observe images and discuss what messages they convey. In this critical thinking lesson plan, students determine whether works of art are trying to persuade their audience. They also consider the media and how they communicate messages to viewers.
High schoolers interpret a message sent to space using a radio telescope and draw inferences from the interpreted message. Working with a partner, they interpret data that scientists believe is a message from aliens. They work on organizing the message using mathematical concepts.
Fourth graders use research tools to access and synthesize information. They gather and manipulate data using technology. Research and study the components of an electrical circuit. Create a brochure that demonstrates knowledge of how to make an electrical circuit or etc.
Free speech, privacy, and cyberbullying are the focus of a series of activities that cause class members to engage in discussions about these interrelated topics. They view a segment from PBS’s “Cyberbullying—Effects on Teens Across the Nation,” read articles about teens who committed suicide, and discuss the motivations of key players in several scenarios. A powerful topic sensitively handled.
Students consider how advertising messages are constructed and relayed. They invent fast-food businesses and create presentation posters outlining the first commercials to promote their new brands.
Students view examples of images and discuss why a director or writer chose these images. Using different forms of media, they develop their own standards by which to judge television or films. They discover the use of visual literacy as a skill to interpret images that surround them.
Readers learn how to summarize scientific text and evaluate the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges in writing summaries. They select science-related articles you've pulled and collected from the New York Times and, with a partner, generate summaries. It's great to give learners choice!
Young scholars consider alternate uses of everyday items and create costumes and props from these items for skits to entertain Students.

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