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Am I Big and Blue or Small and Yellow?
Students explore the concept of physical properties using a Venn diagram. In this classifying lesson, students compare provided objects by shape, size, and color. They then explore collecting and organizing objects of their own. Students are assessed by classifying soil samples at the conclusion of the lesson.
Changing Forms of Energy
Eighth graders discuss how energy transforms from one form to another. In this physics lesson, 8th graders explore different lab station set up and explain how each materials convert energy. They list common objects that use energy to operate.
The Great Race
Students identify earth science by conducting a temperature experiment in class. In this water properties lesson, students define matter related terms and identify how temperature can change the form of water. Students utilize a popsicle and ziplock bags to conduct a matter activity and then complete an assessment worksheet.
Interactive Reading Project
Students discuss books they are reading during the semester through e-mail with other students. They complete a reading interest survey, e-mail their partner weekly, and read and suggest six novels by the end of the semester.
Recreate the Periodic Table of Elements
Students examine properties of different elements. In this chemistry lesson, students organize these elements into a new periodic table. They present their work in class.
Learners research biology by participating in a movement experiment. In this force lesson, students utilize a group of toys in class, some of which can be pushed and others can be pulled. Learners create a worm or centipede type object using the different toys attached together.
Fish Camp Packaging
Tenth graders observe the change in temperature in different solutions. In this physical science lesson, 10th graders explain the flow of energy in the system. They determine what role salt played in the process.
Growth of a River
Students evaluate geography by drawing an image in class. In this river lesson, students identify a list of vocabulary terms associated with bodies of water. Students identify how a river is formed and draw a picture of one including the entire anatomy of a river system.
Mountains and Valleys
Students research earth science by writing a letter in class. In this topography lesson, students identify the types of land forms which occur in nature and discuss how mountains and valleys are formed. Students identify real life mountains and valleys, define vocabulary related to nature and write a descriptive letter about their favorite mountains and valleys.
Modeling the Solar System
Eighth graders create a scale model of the solar system. In this earth science instructional activity, 8th graders calculate the number of grains of rice needed to get to Earth from other planets if they are arranged end to end. They complete their science journals after the activity.
Disappearing Acts: Which Substances Dissolve In Water?
Students observe what objects dissolve in water and how their shape is changed. In this dissolving lesson plan, students record data for what they see. Students test syrup, blocks, tissue paper, cocoa mix, and more.
Sixth graders explain how salinity affects the melting point of ice. In this earth science lesson, 6th graders observe a phase change from solid to liquid. They compare the melting of ice cube made from saltwater and ice cube made from freshwater.
Learners investigate physics by conducting a science experiment. In this magnetism lesson plan, students define a list of vocabulary terms associated with force and complete a worksheet based on magnet attraction and repel. Learners utilize magnets of different sizes and conduct an attraction experiment which they reflect on.
Moving Charges, Making Magnets
Students explain how electromagnet works. In this physics lesson, students identify the factors that affect the strength of an electromagnet. They collect data from the experiment and formulate a conclusion.
Endothermic and Exothermic Chemical Reactions
Ninth graders describe the energy transfer in endothermic and exothermic reactions. In this physical science lesson, 9th graders observe reactions in the lab and classify them according to the two types mentioned. Given a set of chemical equations, they classify them as either endothermic and exothermic.
Young scholars research world geography by participating in a science activity. In this magnets lesson, students examine a group of inanimate objects and predict which ones will be attracted by a magnetic force. Young scholars check their predictions with the results and complete a worksheet based on the information.
Buildings in Our Community: What Do You See?
Students investigate the architecture in their hometown by visiting buildings. For this geometry lesson, students examine buildings through photographs and explain the different geometric shapes found in the architecture. Students take a field trip with their class and investigate the shapes of a church while studying the different geometric vocabulary.
Students analyze and interpret at least one map. They answer a set of research questions and/or use teacher-developed research questions that can only be investigated via map analysis.
Students identify physics by conducting an egg experiment. In this force activity, students discuss how force causes speed and motion before conducting a crash test dummy activity using a raw egg. Students write a paragraph describing the importance of safety devices in vehicles.