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A fabulous series of lessons which combine visual arts with science are here for you. In them, fifth graders see how heat energy can cause matter to change phases by adding or removing energy. The three stages of matter are the focus of the lessons. During the course of this study, learners get to experiment, test, design, shake, measure, heat, write, eat, draw, and much more. These activities are sure to make a lasting impression on your young chemists.
Students complete an observational or natural science experiment. They do systematic and experimental work using experiments that have been done by others. They research their hypothesis and gather information from several sources. They investigate an illness or disease of interest to them.
Fourth graders discover the affects of Western Expansion. They define the terms associated with Western Expansion and they explain who the people of the Western Expansion were and where they came from. Students explain reasons why people traveled west and describe the conflicts and hardships experienced by these people.
Worms, insects, snails, and clams are all macroinvertebrates, they are also the topic of a lesson on aquatic animals. Kids take a trip to an aquatic environment where they each collect and contain a specimen for further examination. They discuss the nature of animal adaptations and then research the adaptive traits of their specimens. Additionally, pupils complete a worksheet and then travel the room to examine other specimens collected by their peers.
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning lesson and practice with operators, special symbols or words that affect search results, recognized by Google. Through the exercises and presentation, pupils experiment with narrowing their search by time, language, document type, specific words or site, and more. This is a highly detailed plan that would enrich preparations for a research project.
Given a variety of rocks, junior geologists calculate densities and correlate them to Earth's layers. As a simulation of continental crust, they experiment with how materials of differing density float in water. Finally, they compare the heating and cooling of solids and liquids and deduct from the results that oceans and lakes buffer nearby land temperatures. These four fabulous activities are useful for introducing learners to characteristics of Earth's solid crust.
Newcomers to chemistry compare hydrogen peroxide to water, realizing that the difference of one oxygen atom significantly affects the chemical properties. Other pairs of compounds and their formulas are also examined. A few chemical reactions are set up to help learners identify evidence of a chemical reaction and understand the conservation of mass. Plenty of practice applying learned concepts is also provided through a series of assessment assignments. You can breathe easy using this resource as a guide to teaching chemical formulas.
Introduce high schoolers to chemical reactions with this series of activities. In a little over an hour, scientists observe four gas-producing reactions: the combination of hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide, placing pasta in vinegar, decomposition of ammonium chloride, and the mixing of iron with sodium chloride and water. In each, they identify the indicator that a chemical reaction occurred. The way the lesson is written leaves you well-prepared.
Do you need some new ideas for teaching Newton's Laws of Motion? This series of activities will spring your curriculum to life! Choose from five activities to demonstrate or have your science stars perform. As a result, they will have fully explored forces in action. You will also find five creative assessment suggestions that can be used as homework or follow-up discussion.
General chemistry classmates make qualitative and quantitative observations of unknown materials to discover the properties of metals and nonmetals. They also examine chemical properties of several elements. Research and assessment assignments round out this excellent exploration. Not only will your learners be enlightened, your load will be lightened by the user-friendly format of this resource.
Investigators use indirect evidence to guess what is occupying a sealed box. You could also use a set of plastic Easter eggs to encase the unknown items. Another terrific activity involves having learners drop a pencil on a sheet of scattered pennies, in a large-scale way modeling the Rutherford experiment. This is just a sample of the learning experiences explained in this mini-unit. It is a highly valuable addition to your chemistry curriculum for introducing atomic structure.
If you're searching for a way to keep your class informed of current psychology news, this ongoing assignment is both educational and engaging. Class members locate and read a psychology article of interest, write a psychological abstract, and then post it to the class Wiki. This resource includes all of the information you need to start a Wiki, links to student resources, a rubric and more. A great idea!