Mechanics Teacher Resources

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Students investigate the properties of heated air. They make predictions about what they think makes the wind blow on a worksheet, and conduct two experiments to demonstrate the properties of heated air. Students heat a bottle until a balloon inflates, and watch a spiral design above a heat source spin.
Students explain the role of convection currents in the movement of air. In this earth science lesson, students investigate convection by observing a boiling water in the lab. They describe how fluids move when they experience convection.
Students drop water from different heights to demonstrate the conversion of water's potential energy to kinetic energy. They see how varying the height from which water is dropped affects the splash size. In seeing how falling water can be used to do work, they also learn how this energy transformation figures into the engineering design and construction of hydroelectric power plants, dams and reservoirs.
Fifth graders explore the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy.  In this energy lesson, 5th graders examine objects and describe  potential and kinetic energy of the objects. Students complete two worksheets.
Students perform a series of experiments which show that plants require nutrients in certain quantities. They also cooperatively read materials on the nutrient requirements of plants, fertilizers, composting, and soil management, and students identify plant nutrient deficiencies using a specialized key. Students apply their knowledge to vote on mock ballot propositions that relate to agricultural and urban water issues.
For this temperature worksheet, learners answer 8 questions about temperature and thermal energy. For example, "What term refers to an energy transfer that causes a change in temperature?"
Learners explain the role of active layers in permafrost. For this earth science lesson, students design and conduct an experiment on heat conduction. They collect data and discuss results.
In this calorimetry and enthalpy worksheet, learners use simple calorimetry to measure the change in temperature of water heated by burning alcohol. They determine the energy transferred to the water and find the enthalpy of combustion.
Students examine how simple machines work.  For this catapult lesson students complete several worksheets and build a catapult while working in groups.
Students explain the stages in the hydrologic cycle. In this earth science lesson, students explore vocabulary using an interactive website. They identify the three phases of water on Earth.
Students examine the properties in oil in water. In this mixture lesson, students read about the Lophelia II 2010: Cold Seeps and Deep Reef Expedition and look at images of deep sea ecosystems. They experiment or participate in demonstrations of how water behaves in water. They draw conclusions from the information on the student recording sheet.
Students examine  friction and gravity. affect four sports. In this scientific discovery instructional activity, students examine how friction and gravity affect sports. They discuss, write, and illustrate the effect of different forces on various sports.
Students explore the concepts of energy resources and energy transfers. For this chemistry lesson, students examine renewable and non-renewable energy sources as they view classroom demonstrations and discuss the concepts as well as their implications.
Young scholars explore physical education by completing a quiz in class. In this engineering lesson, students identify different ways engineering has made sports safer such as stronger padding and helmets, stronger equipment and smarter techniques. Young scholars research a specific piece of equipment and share their findings with the class before completing a quiz and several worksheets.
Students complete a science experiment to study insulation, heat transfer, and permafrost. In this permafrost study lesson, students design and test a soda insulator. Students graph their class data and discuss the results. Students discuss permafrost and make a hypothesis about temperature data with snow on the ground. Students design an improved soda insulator and test it. Students complete three assessment worksheets.
Seventh graders cut and paste animal pictures to create a food web and trace the path of energy. They write a paragraph explaining the importance of photosynthesis in all food webs.
Students discuss the characteristics of producers, consumers and decomposers. Using a flow chart, they construct a food chain to visually show how organisms with different energy sources depend upon one another. Students explore a model of a food web and discuss characteristics of each consumer.
Students investigate the concepts that are related to the balance of an ecosystem. They take part in activities that illustrate the delicate balance that exists between producers and consumers in an ecosystem. Students define the difference between a food chain and food web.
Students examine the process that creates limestone.  In this limestone lesson students complete a worksheet and participate in a lab activity. 
Students explore how different species thrive.  In this speciation lesson students research and complete a lab activity.