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Architecture on Ice: The Challenge of Building on Permafrost
Students identify the problems associated with building a structure on permafrost. In this physical science instructional activity, students investigate how heat and pressure affect the rate of ice melting. They read an article about traditional housing and write an essay that explains why the permafrost underneath the structures did not thaw.
9th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 20 Downloads
A Snapshot of Science
Sixth graders explore physical and chemical changes. In this physical science lesson, 6th graders study vocabulary, discuss the changes they see in the world and look up information on chemical and physical changes. Students create graphic organizers to compare chemical and physical changes, take a walk outside and identify 10 examples of each.
6th Language Arts 14 Views 78 Downloads
6th Grade Physical Science Thermal Energy:So hot in here!
Sixth graders discover heat is conducted in a variety of ways. In this physical science lesson, 6th graders investigate various conductors of heat, they explain their findings, and discover how energy is exchanged between objects through radiation.
6th Science 45 Views 146 Downloads
Call to Arms: Robotic Analogues for Human Structures
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built. In this physical science lesson, learners analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm. Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 16 Downloads
Hydroelectric and Geothermal: Benefits and Drawbacks
Take a closer look at hydroelectric and geothermal energy with your physical science class. Do the benefits really outweigh the costs to the surrounding areas? After doing some reading about each, small groups discuss and create a presentation about one of the two energy sources.
5th - 9th Science 39 Views 58 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Physical science learners model radioactive decay by conducting a probability experiment with pennies. They record what occurs in a data table that they create, and then graph the results. The lesson plan includes clearly-written procedures for the teacher and students, handouts, examples, reference links and more!
8th - 12th Science 13 Views 24 Downloads
Investigation: Kinetic and Potential Energy
A well-developed lab sheet guides physical science learners through an investigation of kinetic and potential energy. In small groups, collaborators discover whether or not the ramp height or mass of an object has an effect on the energy. All steps of the scientific method are included on the handout, and as an added bonus, find a 10-page reading on the forms of energy and transformations.
5th - 8th Science 67 Views 49 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Physical Science: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Explore science through problem solving and learning how to solve the problem of the story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Young investigators will learn how to construct a model and design a solution. They will also keep records of their scientific investigations while learning engineering vocabulary.
3rd - 5th Science 9 Views 241 Downloads
Preservation at Mount Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore wasn't built in a day, but how long will it stick around? How quickly is it eroding and what causes the fastest weathering? Explore these questions and more in a fun, interactive lesson about the earth's natural processes of weathering and erosion.
5th - 9th Science 29 Views 31 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Physical Science Final Exam Review Packet
If you need a way to assess the concepts in your physical science class, use an extended set of worksheets as a midterm or final exam. It includes questions about density, physical and chemical matter, speed and velocity, weight and mass, and many more concepts in chemistry and physics.
8th - 12th Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
South Pole Ice Cream!
How can you turn an ice cream activity into a scientific investigation? It's easy if you know ionic compounds, heat transfer, and the exothermic and endothermic process. Learners will explore the science behind freezing, insulation, and changes in states of matter as they investigate what is actually taking place to help them create a frozen treat.
3rd - 12th Science 26 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Race the Track! Design Challenge
Students use the design process to investigate physical science. In this force and motion lesson, design a track to achieve a specified outcome. Students complete additional experiments with speed and distance. Students recognize the resistance caused by friction.
1st - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 18 Views 127 Downloads
Scholars build a simple filtration system to remove impurities from muddy water and rate the filtered water to a grade of clarity scale. The focus is on teamwork and problem solving. This lesson would be effective in your STEM curriculum or as a lesson in water quality with your earth science class.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 72 Views 64 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Case of Similar Substances
Students perform tests in the lab to identify an unknown substance. For this physical science lesson, students observe the physical and chemical properties of substances. They formulate a conclusion based on experimental results.
6th - 8th Science 14 Views 38 Downloads
Students explore the different features of a roller coaster using an interactive website. In this physical science lesson, students explain the role of science to make this thrill ride possible. They develop a creative presentation about what they have learned.
6th - 8th Science 15 Views 38 Downloads
Solar Electricity ~ The Colour Sensitivity of a Photovoltaic Cell
Teacher's notes, a materials list, detailed procedure, tips, and extension ideas are all included to make teaching this lesson on photovoltaic cells a sunny spot in your day! After some brief background reading, physical science apprentices measure the voltage output of a PV cell when exposed to different colors of light.
7th - 10th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
Play "Would You Rather" with your physical science class as an anticipatory set. Each game question is related to the pressure put on an area of the body. Let this activate a discussion on forces, pressure, and area. Give your class Newton's second law of motion and the formula F=ma.
5th - 9th Science 33 Views 44 Downloads
This Little Light of Mine: Understanding Light Bulbs
One of the inventions that has greatly impacted the world is Thomas Edison's light bulb. From his incandescent bulb, to today's LED bulbs, illuminate middle schoolers with the way they convert electricity into light and heat. Handouts include reading passages, worksheets, and lab procedures for building a flashlight.
5th - 8th Science 16 Views 77 Downloads
Measuring Air Pressure Lab
Your class can investigate the weather through an experiment. In this chemistry instructional activity, learners collect data on air pressure and relate it to the weather. They collect data with the TI containing a barometer probe.
6th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Designed