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Having a good resume is the first step to getting your foot in the door for a job interview. Teach high schoolers how to wow their future employers with a well-organized, tailored, and grammatically correct resume. The lesson includes a project launcher for Word to make this task as simple as possible.
Here is yet another variation of the classic activity in which lab groups use different tools to imitate different bird beaks as a demonstration of one of the factors in natural selection. What makes this one unique is that it is on a brightly colored worksheet and is followed by an assignment to write a paragraph about the occurrence of natural selection. Genetic variation and mutation are mentioned as part of the lesson.
Biochemists experiment with the oxothermic decomposition of hydrogen dioxide by adding manganese dioxide. They observe how pepsin enhances the action of acid on the digestion of egg white proteins. They use yeast to make bread rise. All of these activities enlighten learners on enzyme and catalyst ability to enhance chemical reaction rates. Use them with your high school biology class when studying the digestive system.
Middle schoolers examine the way that many place names in Arkansas came to be. By looking at Arkansas highway maps, they find names that come from the characteristics of each of the state's six geographical divisions. This interesting lesson will leave students with a much better sense of the six divisions of Arkansas, and it will familiarize them with the state's geography.
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.
Explore environmental care by conducting a pollution experiment. You'll discuss the causes of pollution in our environment and what the overall impact will be if we can't change our ways. Clear plastic tape, a can, and compass are used to conduct an air purity experiment outside.
Exploring and discovering what to do after high school graduation is a very real topic for 12th graders. They examine their own character traits, the traits commonly needed in specific careers, and what type of career best suits them personally. Four short activities, a worksheet, and a complete list of career clusters are included.
As an anticipatory set, biologists listen to the story of Ruth Patrick, a scientist who used algae to detect water quality. They observe a demonstration of osmosis and diffusion. In their lab groups, they place Elodea stalks in saltwater, then examine the condition after five minutes. Notes are provided to guide you in explaining what happened and an activity sheet is provided for learners to record responses. You receive loads of support for teaching cell transport through this resource.
Begin with an informational text, "Reptiles and Amphibians through the Ages," and then research online about the evolutionary development of a modern frog. Look at drawings of ancestor's skeletons and list the organisms on the geologic time scale. This is a sample of what natural historians will accomplish with this worksheet. It states that it was written for grades 10-12, but may be more appropriate for your middle school earth science curriculum. An answer key is provided.
Collaborating chemistry pupils observe that temperatrue increases the movement of dye throughout water, stirring increases the dissolving rate of sugar cubes, and concentration of solutions increases the chemical reaction rates. These and other included activities are meant to contribute to understanding what affects the rate of reaction.
A colorful wedge of Earth, map of tectonic plates, and numbered facts about Earth structure fill the first two pages of this resource. After reading and absorbing the information, geologists get into groups and make clay models to demonstrate faulting and folding of Earth's crust. A second activity is also included in which individuals research Pangaea, Laurasia, and Gondwana. Plenty of background information and a grading rubric are included to support you with these assignments.
Geneticists manipulate Punnett squares to determine the patterns of dominant and recessive gene influence on first and second generations of humans and plants. The technology-based lesson plan employs a variety of media for exploring heredity and is ideal for the middle school life science classroom.
First the class discusses how character or personality traits relate to career choices. They identify their own traits, research career clusters, and look for ads hiring in those target areas. They research job ads to determine what education or experience they need to land the job of their dreams.
With graphic organizers galore, learners will follow the changes of church and state in early colonial America. They look at the differences between the pilgrims and the puritans in terms of beliefs and life ways. Myths and misconceptions are also laid to rest. Could be a handy resource when discussion colonial life.
Compare the density of different salt solutions and then observe currents that are caused by the difference. Set up a demonstration of dynamic equilibrium. The intent with these activities is to begin building understanding of density concepts as a preparation for learning about convection currents. Make sure to employ the provided assessments for the best comprehension.
High schoolers explore the teachings of Confucius. In this Korean culture lesson plan, students watch segments of the A and E video "Confucius: Words of Wisdom." High schoolers read handouts regarding the Asian education system and discuss their impressions prior to writing essays on education.
This collection consists of a slide on each of the following unrelated, but fascinating elements: einsteinium, curium, radium, radon, nobelium, seaborgium, silicon, magnesium, and postassium. You will not find detailed information on the chemical properties of these elements, but rather interesting facts about the history or use of each. If you are looking for a presentation to simply stimulate learners' interest in chemistry, you might find this useful.