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A table of each state's record temperature reports data that middle schoolers can place on a number line for analysis. A written explanation of how to use this tool and the concept of absolute value are also included. Nine questions are mixed in for learners to answer by comparing absolute values of several temperature ranges. A terrific three-page activity that will help meet more than one of the Common Core math standards for both the sixth and seventh grades.
This is a standard multiple-choice assessment on the life and ideas of George Washington Carver. It includes 20 questions on topics covering information about his birth and education, major career moves, teaching principles, ethics, etc.
As scholars take in the constant ambush of current events, help them develop media literacy skills by extracting important details from hard news articles. This story from December 2011 presents information on the Republican primaries and offers six comprehension questions to get readers thinking about the who, what where, when, why and how of the story. As part of the series "6 Q's About the News," you can find these questions accompanying more current articles on The Learning Network. These questions could make great discussion starters, as well.

Good Apples

2nd - 4th
Students investigate diversity. In this diversity lesson, students look at a variety of apples in order to compare and contrast their physical characteristics. They apply the concept to people by listing how people are the same and different. They listen to a reading of People by Peter Spier and make an associate bulletin board.
Young biologists practice identifying many species of wildflowers found in Iowa. The activity requires some internet research, word processing, and printing out of pictures of wildflowers from the web.  Line drawings of the wildflowers are also available to be colored.
Students get involved in a unique collaboration that enhances their knowledge of architecture and design. Develop organizer resources with others. They are engulfed into a world of architects and museum specialists to facilitate the appreciation of the demands and potential of technology.
Fifth graders investigate jobs and how people identify with their job.  In this labor lesson, 5th graders create a book from illustrations of various jobs. Students read an article about labor and answer questions about the article. Students act out a skit about the labor force. Students discuss child labor.
Junior geneticists tally eye color and height in their lab groups. They examine certain traits in soybean and corn seedlings. For each activity, they gather data and learn about continuous and discontinuous genetic variation. In another activity, pupils analyze pedigree charts. High schoolers really enjoy comparing their traits to others, so these activities will prove to be a hit with them. Because the lesson plans are so well written, they will be a hit with teachers as well!
Four activities demonstrate the chain reaction of nuclear fission to your physical science fans: falling dominoes, snapping mouse traps, throwing paper wads, and igniting a series of matches. They perform additional laboratory activities to help them understand the concept of half-life in radioactive materials. All in all, this is a comprehensive and user-friendly unit to use when teaching about nuclear energy in your physics class.

Le Tour de France

9th - 12th
Students explore French geography, history and culture. They imagine that they are a tour company that is trying to promote the trip to prospective customers. In addition, they make travel arrangements in French, practice computer skills, and present information orally and in writing.
Learners research and report on aspects of kites including: history, types, building and flying kites. They use Inspiration Software as a graphic organizer. They use gathered research to complete informational booklets.
Physical science learners conduct a simple experiment using the heat of their hands to affect the fluid pressure. They place a balloon atop a freezing cold bottle and observe what occurs as it warms up. Both activities demonstrate how increasing temperature creates higher pressures. With this knowledge, they construct a fountain and a thermometer. Detailed background information, materials and procedures, reading suggestions, and assessments make this a valuable resource for your physical science sessions.
Laboratory activities encourage evolutionary biology scholars to consider homologous structures as evidence of common ancestry. They learn how to formulate phylogenic trees and that environment influences to genetic variation. Activities are pertinent to high school biology courses and in this resource they are explained in detail for your convenience. 
Fourth graders, in groups, research states and using various print and nonprint reference materials. The groups make a presentation to inform the class about all the information from the state. This lesson plan provides imbedded support for the groups.

Density of Rocks

9th - 12th
Given a variety of rocks, junior geologists calculate densities and correlate them to Earth's layers. As a simulation of continental crust, they experiment with how materials of differing density float in water. Finally, they compare the heating and cooling of solids and liquids and deduct from the results that oceans and lakes buffer nearby land temperatures. These four fabulous activities are useful for introducing learners to characteristics of Earth's solid crust. 
Practicing paleontologists map the geologic time scale, simulate the formation of sedimentary rock, and analyze fossil data. Instructions for four activities and five assessment choices are provided for the teacher. This comprehensive lesson plan thoroughly exposes learners to the stages of evolution as evidenced by the fossil record. 
Physicists become Olympians in a competition using centripetal force. They ride a bicycle to comprehend relationships between linear and rotational motion. If you have an old-fashioned record player, it can be used to help pupils describe rotation and revolution. Classic pendulums and a classroom bowling ball pendulum are incorporated to help learners make connections. This activity-filled unit explores circular motion from every aspect, and the lesson write-up covers the details from every aspect as well!
Use salmon eggs as a cell model for demonstrating the movement of water over concentration gradients. Junior scientists examine the same process microscopically with an onion cell. They use a thistle tube and a semipermeable membrane to discover osmosis. Six activities in all, this collection is a must for your biology class! Lesson plans are thoroughly written and the activities are both engaging and informational. Thank the National Science Teachers Association for this gem of a resource!
Four activities immerse beginning chemists into the world of elements. They examine the periodic table, use cobalt hydroxide to learn about chemical formulae and valence electrons. Also, they name binary compounds and examine the physical properties of two compounds as determined by their types of chemical bonds. There are no student lab sheets provided, but the teacher's guide is thorough, making it easy to create lab sheets if you so desire.
Seventh graders describe how water flows through the ground, what an aquifer is and what soil properties are used to predict groundwater flow. They consider the affects of pollution on groundwater supplies and write a letter drawing attention to a source of pollution.

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