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WebQuest Solar System Colonization Project 2000
Sixth graders investigate the livability of different planets in the universe by researching and organizing information from a number of sources in this unit project. They decide on a location for a space station which they support in an multimedia presentation.
6th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
Your choice of hands-on topographic mapping tasks is provided in this resource. From actual map-making to viewing and interpreting stereographic photos, the activities are sure to succeed. To make the most of this lesson, you will need to access the National Science Teachers Association website to locate the student materials that go along with it.
6th - 12th Science 21 Views 79 Downloads
An Introduction to Acids and Bases
Investigating pH is intriguing, especially with these activities designed for an introductory chemistry or physical science class. Pupils use litmus paper to distinguish acids and bases and then make indicators from food products. They craft indicator strips that can be taken home and used to test household materials.
7th - 10th Science 12 Views 46 Downloads
This set of seven activities attracts physical science stars to concepts concerning magnetism. Pupils play with a lodestone, magnets, needles, and iron filings to understand magnetic forces, fields, and applications. If you are new to teaching about magnets, this resource will perfectly prepare you for the task.
5th - 8th Science 8 Views 28 Downloads
Oils and Plastic
Peruse the properties of polymers with your materials engineers, chemistry aces, or emerging ecologists. The inquiries in this resource include puncturing polyethylene plastic bags, dissolving polystyrene cups, creating a polymer ball out of glue and borax, and discovering that different oils solidify at different temperatures.
5th - 10th Science 4 Views 18 Downloads
Role-play to learn. Writers pretend to be a team of news writers. They research information about genetically engineered corn and the impact of biotech food products. Then create a video, Powerpoint, or oral presentation to present their findings.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 32 Downloads
Sun, Spectra, and Stars
Get ready to spark interest in electromagnetic radiation! This resource shares nine indelible inquiries that you can choose from to ignite understanding of spectra and the relationship between light and heat. The assessments that follow the activities encourage young scientists to apply critical-thinking skills to the practical use of spectra in studying stars or identifying unknown compounds.
9th - 12th Science 5 Views 39 Downloads
An introductory exploration of the nature of light is provided via activities and demonstrations. Science superstars observe various light sources, learn how to apply inverse square law, and practice using a light meter. Follow-up assessments include modeling, creative writing, and critical-thinking exercises.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
Limiting Factors for Populations
The "Bottled Bacteria" activity instructions are a bit unclear, but the remaining activities investigating limiting factors in ecosystems are well-written. Learners model the exosystem of a bear and a herd of deer. They set up a population of bean seedlings and vary growth factors.
7th - 10th Science 20 Views 55 Downloads
A fossil is worth a thousand words! Individuals craft their own amber fossil of an insect in addition to molds and casts of seashells. A third activity takes the lesson a notch higher: Learners measure stride lengths between tracks and traveling speed to calculate dimensionless speed.
6th - 8th Science 13 Views 23 Downloads
Relative Positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun Over Time
Teacher pages for four different activities and three assessments are provided in this resource. Topics deal with how the sun's position and Earth's atmosphere affect the amount of solar energy reaching Earth's surface. The concepts and measurements that are covered are advanced and therefore most appropriate for high school earth science classes.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 35 Downloads
Adaptations to Niches and Habitats
Life science learners measure and record traits of seeds, leaves, and their own hands and then graph the data to find a continous distribution curve. They compare and color diagrams of seven different animals' forelimbs (not included), note the adaptations, and relate them to the animals' habitats.
9th - 12th Science 9 Views 75 Downloads
Applying KWL Guides to Sources with Elementary Students
What is a KWL chart? Here is a well thought-out lesson that has learners use KWL charts to gain historical perspective. Your class examines primary sources about historical events and identifies what they know, want to know, and, finally, what they learned about the chosen topic.
2nd - 7th Social Studies & History 17 Views 186 Downloads
The Gay '80s, '90s and '00s
After reading and discussing a news article from the New York Times regarding gay and lesbian issues of the last thirty years, learners engage in several activities to explore current events. They create a timeline, either electronically or on paper, that documents the events of the last few decades.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Create a Wildflower Identification Guide
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.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
The Art and Soul of the Land
Students study conservation and how different communication styles used by different conservationists. In this conservation lesson students obtain information on a cartoon or a few quotes from a conservationist and are ask to describe the feelings that are associated with those words.
5th - 12th Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Students classify the characteristics of butterflies and moths moths. In this life cycle lesson, students identify butterflies and moths common in the state of Iowa as well as their characteristics. Students then learn the proper catch and release tactics.
2nd - Higher Ed Science 6 Views 8 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills 3 Views 4 Downloads
Badges of Pride
Fifth graders investigate jobs and how people identify with their job. For 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.
5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 13 Downloads