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Students examine Earth science by participating in a water experiment. In this water cycle lesson, students identify the importance of the sun and evaporation in the cycle of water. Students utilize an aquarium, plastic wrap, water and a lamp to conduct an evaporation experiment.
Students examine the weather conditions throughout the globe. As a class, they discover the impact of snow on various types of crops. In groups, they participate in an experiment in which they form raindrops and calculate the difference between five centimeters of snow and the same amount of rain.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was justified and if it was constitutional.
Such a great resource and perfect for learners in Kindergarten through third grade. The class will discuss cloud types and formation, and then they'll get outside and draw as they observe the clouds they see. They'll need to take note of the weather and consider how those two things affect each other. They'll use the cloud sketches to create a series of cloudy landscape paintings that reflect their scientific observations. A rubric, examples, images, and worksheets are all included.
Are you looking for a great collection of lessons and activities on the water cycle? This plan is for you! In it, second graders engage in hands-on lessons that cover science, langugage arts, and art as they study the water cycle. Topics covered are the various types of water on Earth, ground water, water vapor, clouds, and precipitation. A nice conservation element is also built into these lessons, which should help youngsters learn the value of conserving this precious resource.
Looking for a fine series of lessons on weather? These lessons are for you! Here, learners cover topics such as the hydrologic cycle, clouds, the atmosphere, air movement, weather fronts, and forecasting the weather. They engage in quite a few hands-on activities and experiments where they get to use real scientific equipment. This 29-page plan is chock-full of worksheets, resource links, and detailed descriptions of excellent activities.
This interesting, 17-page series of lessons was written by two second grade teachers who attempted to write a full year's worth of curriculum for their classes. What is presented here is an excerpt from that full-year plan. These lessons focus on making books, writing tall tales and folk tales, exploring Asian cultures through language lessons, writing poems, and perfoming in plays. Some outstanding ideas!
Fifth graders explore the major components of the water cycle. They pay close attention to evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. A water cycle kit is set up in the classroom, which learners observe for a couple of days before the lesson actually starts. Then, they engage in a series of activities and view other demonstrations that aptly simulate the concepts covered. An excellent science lesson!
Demonstrate to your middle school science learners how chalk breaks down in a weak acid. Discuss what affects acidic rain might have on ecosystems. Lab groups then choose one of two questions: "How does acid precipitation affect an aquatic ecosystem?" or "How does acid precipitation affect terrestrial ecosystems?" They work together to design and perform an experiment to answer their question. This is a stellar lesson on acid rain, and it reinforces practice of lab skills and the scientific process.
Young environmentalists examine the biogeochemical cycles: carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water. Explanatory notes and colorful diagrams are presented for each, followed by a blank diagram that is filled in click-by-click as a reinforcement. After teaching the cycles, time is spent on limiting nutrients and eutrophication in aquatic ecosystems. This commendable PowerPoint will educate and arrest the attention of your high schoolers.
An inventive and interesting lesson on the water cycle (and other cycles associated with it), is here for you. After doing a well-designed hands-on inquiry in class, learners also identify organisms and processes that are involved in the nitrogen cycle and the carbon cycle. They construct an abstract water cycle and place life forms onto an existing carbon or nitrogen cycle.
As a way to combine life and physical science, or simply as an investigation of plant transpiration, this lesson is sure to inspire! Middle schoolers capture the moisture given off by plants that are placed in different conditions. They relate the output to the surface area of the leaves. Finally, and here is the connection, they hypothesize how what they learned might apply to the size of a photovoltaic cell and its energy output. This terrific resource provides everything you need for a valuable classroom experience.
As a way to combine language arts and science, try this lesson on writing cloud poetry. Begin by showing a PowerPoint presentation and images of cloud types. Take meteorology masters outdoors to explore the sky using the provided "Cloud Viewer." Read weather-related poetry by famous authors. Then allow learners time to write their own poems about what they have surveyed in the atmosphere. This is a well-rounded lesson that comes with plenty of supportive resources.
Part of a unit on Arizona's biotic communities, this instructional activity focuses on the vocabulary to be used. Terms include biodiversity, topography, desert, hybridization, niche, and more! Youngsters will define these words from contextual situations, use them in sentences, and then solve a crossword puzzle by the definitions. The rest of this outstanding unit can be found online or via Lesson Planet.
Student use MY NASA DATA to obtain precipitation and cloud type data. They create graphs of data within MY NASA DATA. Students compare different cloud types, compare precipitation, and cloud type data They qualitatively describe graphs of the precipitation and cloud type data.
What is the difference between Hercules and Spiderman? Both are heroes, right? Kids identify the characteristics that make a hero, and analyze the differences between heroes of long ago and today. They write creative stories describing a modern-day hero of their own invention. The lesson inspiration comes from a painting of a hero from 1844.