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Keep it Active
Students explore the active layer above permafrost and investigate various factors on the insulation value of the active layer. In this energy transfer lesson, students conduct and experiment to determine the effects of snow cover, vegetation, and/or soil moisture on the insulation value of permafrost.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Feeling the Heat
What is an urban heat island? Middle school meteorologists find out by comparing temperatures at different locations on campus. They relate their findings to what might be happening in a concrete jungle and how it impacts local weather. This resource provides an overview, teacher's instructions, background and extensions, a student handout, and links to relevant readings.
6th - 12th Science 20 Views 12 Downloads
Deep Sea Ecosystems: Extreme Living
Get deep with your elementary ecologists by introducing them to an extreme environment, the abyss. With a short video clip, a game that matches description cards to high-quality images projected on a screen, and a class discussion, learners will discover adaptations that allow organisms to survive in the deepest parts of the ocean.
2nd - 6th Science 52 Views 66 Downloads
From Gene to Protein WebQuest
A terrific WebQuest is outlined here for your young scientists. They will learn about how proteins are made by following the instructions given to them from genes. Before the WebQuest begins, there are some terrific "front loading" activities and worksheets present in the plan.
7th - 12th Science 33 Views 62 Downloads
Water, Water Everywhere!
Students brainstorm on ways they use water, and where water comes from. They view video, Down the Drain, to gain specific facts about water use, properties of water, problems of water and the water cycle. They perform a lab activity demonstrating
7th - 9th Science 60 Views 342 Downloads
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.
7th - 8th Science 44 Views 156 Downloads
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.
3rd - 5th Science 24 Views 41 Downloads
CSI on the Deep Reef
After some instruction, small groups prepare a written report on chemotrophic organisms. Though not clearly mentioned, this resource would work best if groups have the Internet available to research the vocabulary and different organisms on their worksheets.
8th - 10th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Ocean Acidiﬁcation: Whats and Hows
Open this lesson by demonstrating the production of acidic carbon dioxide gas by activated yeast. Emerging ecologists then experiment with seashells to discover the effect of ocean acidification on shelled marine organisms. They measure changes in size and compare the relative strengths of shells after exposure to liquids of varying pH.
9th - 12th Science 17 Views 12 Downloads
Energy Solutions: Tapping into the Topography of Lake Turkana
Whip up some wind in your class with this blustery lesson plan about the Lake Turkana wind energy project. Pupils view a video clip about the pros and cons of using wind turbines to generate electricity. They read two articles and take notes using a spider-style graphic organizer.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Keep it Cool
This cool lesson is ideal for elementary engineers or physical scientists, especially when learning about heat transfer and insulation. After reading a page of background information, engineering teams collaborate to design and build a container that will keep cold water form warming.
3rd - 12th Science 56 Views 44 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
It's time to soak up the sun! Youngsters read about active and passive solar heating systems, then they collaborate to create a miniature solar-heated building. Provide a variety of materials for them to incorporate and watch their designs take shape!
3rd - 12th Science 65 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Conserving Energy through Grid Modernization
After learning about the technology of grid modernization, middle schoolers investigate its effectiveness in energy conservation. This is accomplished through a collaborative research assignment, resulting in a written summary and additional questions.
6th - 8th Science 8 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Importance of Sharks: You Do The Math!
Elementary ecologists examine trophic relationships using a coral reef food pyramid as an example. They play a game applying math skills that ultimately demonstrate the important role of the ever-scary top predator, the shark. This is a lesson with cross-curricular applications in science, math, and geography.
3rd - 6th Science 104 Views 124 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Learners engage in an activity which demonstrates how potential energy (PE) can be converted to kinetic energy (KE) and back again. Given a pendulum height, students calculate and predict how fast the pendulum will swing by understanding conservation of energy and using the equations for PE and KE.
6th - 8th Math 17 Views 36 Downloads
Heat and Thermodynamics
This is actually a 10-day mini unit on thermal energy for your high school chemists. Every avenue is taken to get learners absorbed in heat: a pretest, a PowerPoint presentation, Internet exploration, demonstrations, lab activities, and all of the printable materials.
9th - 12th Science 20 Views 67 Downloads