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Which Way Is North?
Students investigate the concept of finding locations with the use of a compass and a map. They practice the skill of bearing and set up courses of travel to different destinations around the school grounds. Students also practice taking measurements of distance.
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 activity, you will need to access the National Science Teachers Association website to locate the student materials that go along with it. If you are looking for a way to freshen up your teaching of topography, it would be well worth your time!
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. This is a quality resource that is particularly helpful if you are new to teaching science.
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.
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. You could use this resource when teaching properties of matter to chemistry or engineering classes, or when examining the problems associated with petroleum products with your environmental science classes.
Everyday Heroes Then and Now
Middle schoolers explore the concept of philanthropy. In this philanthropic heroes lesson, students read Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend and discuss the Industrial Revolution. Middle schoolers consider Kate Shelley's contributions to society as they write about other philanthropists.
A System of Rules
Students write letters, create models, create a photo display, and make charts about the rules that a state has. In this rules lesson plan, students learn about and make different displays of how states come up with rules, change them, and enforce them.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Fourth graders explore biology by viewing animal videos in class. In this amphibian and reptile lesson, 4th graders identify the key differences between reptiles, amphibians and other animal classifications. Students view video clips in class and examine live specimens with their classmates.
Awesome authors (Elementary, Reading/Writing)
Fifth graders use technology to research and collect data. They develop awareness and appreciation of authors and genres. They organize information for presentation.
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.
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. The lessons can be used in a chemistry class when investigating properties of matter or in an astronomy course when learning about stars.
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. Light up your astronomy or physical science curriculum with this stellar resource.
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. When working with populations in your environmental studies or ecology class, this resource will provide plenty of material.
Relating to Newton's Second Law
Twelfth graders study the relationships of the 3 variables in Newton's Second Law. They design an experiment to test the relationships among the variables. Students work cooperatively with members of a team. They also analyze data to construct graphs and determine relationships.
Animal Migratory patterns
Students use field research and traditional research to identify migrating species of birds as well as their migratory patterns. Students generate a list of questions regarding migration and a plan to research the questions. A field log is created and students identify the migratory pattern of birds observed in their local area.
Students engage in a activity that deals with a historical figure from the area of Mississippi. Then questions are asked of them using a game show format that is followed with additional ones used for brainstorming for more ideas of inquiry.
Chart Your Course
Middle schoolers explore change represented in graphs comparing distance and time. They exchange and share their graphs. Students interpret and create distance versus time line-graphs, and write stories based on these graphs. They interpret a story of a boar trip along the Mississippi River and represent it on a graph.
Middle schoolers use a menu and recipes to work on adding, subtracting, and percentages. They are given they weekly circulators, advertisements, or actual products and students practice figuring out sales tax. Middle schoolers figure slaes tax and tip based on their selected food items. They find the 9 percent sales tax using their own method.
In this Wisconsin state history worksheet, 4th graders read two pages of information about Wisconsin then complete 10 true and false questions.
The Final Countdown
Students examine the United States electoral college system as it applies to the 2004 presidential election. They investigate the impact of the twelve battleground states in the 2004 election and develop informative pamphlets on the electoral college.