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High schoolers research physical science by completing worksheets. In this gravity lesson, students read assigned text regarding the rotation of Earth and the gravitational force caused by the speed of which it rotates. High schoolers complete a Frayer model regarding the information they read and conduct a class discussion.
What flies faster than the speed of light? A time traveler! This video explains the time-speed-distance relationship, time dilation, and the theoretical possibilities of time travel in a way that is super engaging. Along with the video, find multiple-choice and discussion questions. In a "Dig Deeper" link, you will find more information and links to other related videos. Use this resource, along with another suggested video for how to slow time down in video-making and writing, to introduce a creative writing assignment for young physicists or as an enrichment when teaching about speed!
At the end of a general physics course focused on light and electricity, you can administer this exam. Concepts covered include electromagnetism, circuits, induction, light rays, lenses and mirrors, characteristics of light, electron energy levels, and radioactive decay. Questions come in a combination of styles, from multiple choice, to analyzing diagrams, to solving computational problems. Written for a college level course, this may also work well with high schoolers.
Students use the newspaper as a tool to make connections about what the five freedoms guarantee in the First Amendment. In this first amendment lesson plan, students analyze events in the newspaper to form conclusions about the freedoms of the First Amendment. Students develop critical thinking skills, decision-making, summary, writing, problem solving, and researching.
Students complete an interactive Internet activity simulating the sequencing of DNA. In this genetics activity, students use a virtual activity to act as scientists sequencing chromosomal DNA bases. They learn about the race to sequence the genome and explore sequenced DNA to learn about its functions. A Jeopardy game is provided to review the material with students.
Students work in groups to investigate and present genetic variation, adaptation, and sexual selection as it relates to evolution. In this evolution lesson, students watch a video discuss how the human eye could evolve due to natural selection. They view more videos and research three aspects of evolution. They present their findings to the class and discuss the evolution of different finch beaks on the Galapagos Islands.
Students determine the costs and benefits of converting or combining sustainable technology to their schools power production portfolio using software developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. They watch a video, analyze data, and complete various worksheets.
High schoolers investigate energy using a photovoltaic cell. In this electricity lesson, students collect data from current-voltage and power-voltage curves to determine if photovoltaic systems have an advantage over conventional electric systems. They use on-line video to construct a working model of a photovoltaic system.
High schoolers consider Einstein's theories of Relativity. In this physics lesson, students learn the questions that led Einstein to his theories. High schoolers then create "Einsteinian Thought Experiments" of their own. This lesson includes 3 videos and 1 interactive activity.