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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.
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Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the development of skills needed for the teaching of Social Studies. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used to solidify the importance of professionalism needed in the realm of teaching.
Eighth graders discuss how energy transforms from one form to another. For 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students evaluate geography by drawing an image in class. In this river lesson plan, 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.
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.
Eighth graders create a scale model of the solar system. In this earth science lesson, 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.
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.
Students 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. Students create a worm or centipede type object using the different toys attached together.
Students investigate physics by conducting a science experiment. In this magnetism lesson, students define a list of vocabulary terms associated with force and complete a worksheet based on magnet attraction and repel. Students utilize magnets of different sizes and conduct an attraction experiment which they reflect on.
Students explain how electromagnet works. In this physics lesson plan, students identify the factors that affect the strength of an electromagnet. They collect data from the experiment and formulate a conclusion.
Ninth graders describe the energy transfer in endothermic and exothermic reactions. For 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.
Students research world geography by participating in a science activity. In this magnets instructional activity, students examine a group of inanimate objects and predict which ones will be attracted by a magnetic force. Students check their predictions with the results and complete a worksheet based on the information.
Students investigate the architecture in their hometown by visiting buildings.  In this geometry lesson plan, 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.