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Third graders create pictures using ordered pairs after listening to a piece of literature. In this ordered pairs and literature lesson plan, student listen to and discuss The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. They participate in "Think-Pair-Share" activities and make shapes that mimic those in the story by using ordered pairs.
Here is a backyard explanation of the polarization of light. Using his porch railing, the video narrator demonstrates that if the grating is lined up with the direction of light waves, represented by a hula hoop, the waves are allowed to pass. Using polarized sunglasses, he shows how holding them against the horizontal waves reduces glare, while turning them vertically allows shiny light to get through. This brief clip could serve as an illuminating and compact video to embed in your presentation about the characteristics and behavior of light.
Learners explore the adaptations that are made by polar bears. They discuss the color of polar bears as well as the dominant color that is found in the arctic. Students create a polar bear puppet.
In this polar animals writing activity, students complete sentence starters that use polar animals, then write several sentences to continue their "story." A reference website for additional resources is given.
For this counting worksheet, students count polar animals, writing their count on lines beside each. Page uses numbers 1-3 only; a reference website is included for additional resources.
Students investigate the properties of matter. In this properties of matter lesson, students observe containers of different metals and discuss their properties including density. Students find the density of an unknown metal and of irregular objects. They experiment to show diffusion in liquids, polarity in liquids and they examine the physical properties of ionic and molecular solids. They conclude the lesson investigating bond types and physical properties in solids.
Young scientists explore some of the scientific equipment that is used by explorers during expeditions to the North or South Pole. Then, they have a relay race! All of the equipment is lined up at a spot 25 yards away from the lines. The racers have to run to the equipment, put a piece on, then run back to their line and give the next runner the equipment. The first runner to cross the line who is wearing all of the equipment wins the game for his or her team.
In groups, students review the identity of an animal based on a physical description and then sketch the animal. They examine how the polar bear has changed to its environment by reading and discussing a New York Times article. They research different physical traits and behaviors of the polar bear, then synthesize their understanding of natural selection by presenting at a mock awards ceremony for the polar bear.
Four pages provide plenty of problem solving practice for chemistry whizzes. They answer questions and write electron configurations for ions. They use Lewis dot diagrams to display equations. Covalent bonds are explored. The last half of the assigment is made up of a chart in which learners write the number of valence electrons, the Lewis structure, molecular shape, bond angles, polarity, and resonance.
Student groups rotate through four stations to examine light energy behavior: refraction, magnification, prisms and polarization. They see how a beam of light is refracted (bent) through various transparent mediums. Students investigate the polar nature of light using sunglasses and polarized light film.
In this circuit worksheet learners study electronic circuits and how they get power. Students determine polarity and magnitude and work with Kirchoffs laws to answer 48 questions regarding circuits. Answers are revealed when selected.
Students explore animal characteristics by researching polar bears. In this habitat lesson, students read the story Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear and identify the needs of a polar bear on Earth. Students view a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation about the habitat of the polar bear.
Starting with a list of definitions and helpful tips for investigating electronegativity and bonding, this question sheet is comprehensive in focus and in its question style. Many types of questions or realistic situation are available, where students have to consider rules of polarity and bonding type. Your class should also draw Lewis Dot structures for the molecules given. A good sheet to keep along with notes for further review.
First graders discover the effects of global warming on polar bears. In this life science lesson, 1st graders model the polar bear's habitat and observe what happens as they raise the temperature. They record their observation in the chart and discuss results.
Students study physical systems such as polar, rainforest, forests, deserts, and grasslands in Canada. They make a pictorial map and find examples of similar systems in the world.
Fifth graders study and test the insulating properties of various materials. In this insulation lesson, 5th graders participate in an experiment to that is intended to test weather modeling clay or vegetable shortening is a better insulator. Students integrate technology which includes the internet, stopwatches, and Celsius thermometers. Students listen to the book Nature's Children: Polar Bears and discuss the adaptations need for survival in an arctic environment.
Student's investigate what living in the Arctic is like for people, plants and animals. They research the life of a polar bear.
Students explore the polarity of a water molecule and how it affects the properties of water. They explore separation of water and why it occurs, then make predictions regarding separation based on the properties of the liquid.
As amazing as James Bond is, the surface tension of water does not allow him to walk on it! In this series of little lab activities, physical scientists play with the properties of water due to the hydrogen bonds and resulting polarity. They float a paper clip on the surface, compare oil and water, experiment with evaporation, and think about why water expands as it freezes. Background information, materials, and a challenge are all provided. Lab groups should put together a report of what they learn.
For this weather worksheet, students label 6 climate zones on a world map as polar, temperate or tropical. Students answer 4 short answer questions about climate zones.