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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 3 Views 35 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 15 Views 50 Downloads
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.
12th Science 3 Views 5 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Students engage in a lesson 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Math 6 Views 32 Downloads
Learners 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. Learners figure slaes tax and tip based on their selected food items.
6th - 8th Math 8 Views 106 Downloads
The Final Countdown
Learners 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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 29 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
Relative Dating-Telling Time Using Fossils
Students explore how to read fossil range charts. They develop an knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the fossil record. Students become familiar with the concepts index fossil and fossil range. Students use bar graphs to plot fossil ranges.
7th - 9th Science 28 Views 221 Downloads
The Black Hawk War, 1832
Students read and discuss primary documents about the Black Hawk War. They choose one of the conflicts during the war and investigate primary documents to explain both sides of the conflicts, and to discover inconsistencies in the accounts.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 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