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DinoWorks is a paleontolgy kit that you can order from skullduggery.com. This resource has directions that come with it. Primary paleontolgists examine bone replicas of the Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus, and Triceratops that you prepare ahead of time. If you cannot purchase the kit, you still might find the background information included for each of the dinosaurs useful when you are teaching about fossils.
This collection of concept maps has some terms filled in and others left blank for young scientists to fill in. Topics vary vastly and include the branches of science, atomic structure, organic compounds, heat, radioactive materials, motion, energy, electricity, digestion, circulation, disease, stars, rocks, water, and air pollution. This library can provide you with many pop quizzes for all of your middle to high school science curriculum.
What is biodiversity, and why is it so important? Explore biodiversity with your young environmentalists by researching an ecosystem and illustrating its diversity through a piece of artwork. An instructional sequence and possible extension ideas are included. This could be tailored to fit several grade levels, although the original standard referred to is a fourth grade standard.
After a one-page reading passage about fossilization, earth science explorers make Plaster of Paris molds and casts of objects of their choosing. This activity, although stated as grades 7-9, is really more appropriate for grades 4-6. Also note that some of the questions following the activity are specific to the West Coast Fossil Park in South Africa. The resource is most useful for the informative text and the instructions for making the fossils in class.
Three pages of intriguing pictures and reading passages about the natural history of Africa's West Coast Fossil Park make up the bulk of this handout. There are 13 questions to answer and directions for designing a poster about one of the extinct animals introduced within the text. The assignment is not complex, but it is interesting. It can be used as an effective enrichment for your middle school earth scientists. Teachers notes and a grading rubric for the poster make this more than just a student worksheet.
Seventh graders engage in a activity to learn more about herpetile orgainsims. They have a background in these types before this activity. Students gather specimens from various ponds, streams, and forest. The importance of the organisms to the environment is discussed in class.
A global disaster theory is told as a story. After reading it, earth scientists research mass extinctions. They are asked to describe asteroid impacts, climate change, volcanic eruption, sea level change, and atmospheric gas content. They speculate whether or not a mass extinction could be man-made. This is an engaging assignment to give as homework when studying Earth's history.
Students uncover the mathematical proportions as well as the history of the Parthenon. In this math and science lesson, students use research to find the contributions of ancient Greeks made to our current society. They explore the relationships between the mathematics and the aesthetics of the Parthenon. In the concluding activity, students solve problems related to the Nashville Parthenon.
The origins of the state of Arkansas are the focus of this history lesson. Elementary schoolers to high schoolers identify persons associated with the development of the state from the very first European contact to statehood in 1836. Besides outlining some great activities, this lesson has short biographies of many of the major players in the development of Arkansas.
Students participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson, students become characters from the early 1800's and make the journey west. They write journal entries, make decisions, and participate in projects during the 4 weeks needed for this lesson.
Challenge your students with this wonderful lesson on the way animals move. Learners watch a movie about how animals move, listen to a book by Eric Carl, and use critical thinking skills to sort animals into groups. In addition, students use Kid Pix to create visual representations of animals moving. This would be a great way to motivate students during a unit on animals.
Students explore phototaxis and geotaxis in brine shrimp. In this phototaxis and geotaxis lesson plan, students study the effects of light and gravity on brine shrimp using a test tube, a pen light and gravity. They answer questions about the results of the demonstrations and draw conclusions.