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Students complete a critical thinking activity using snacks and practice writing descriptively. In this characteristic analysis lesson plan, students analyze their snack items and draw pictures of their characteristics. Students then exchange their notes of their items and let a partner find their item based on their descriptive notes.
Young scholars investigate the properties of oxides and observe their periodic trends. In this behavior of oxides lesson plan, students experiment with metallic oxides and non-metallic oxides to determine if they are acid, basic or amphoteric oxides. Young scholars identify the general trend of the oxides in the periodic table.
A comprehensive instructional activity on acceleration awaits your physicists and engineers! Two YouTube videos pique their interest, then sample F=ma problems are worked and graphed. The highlight of the instructional activity is the building of a Lou-Vee air car! Emerging engineers find its mass and compute its acceleration in order to figure out the force provided by the "engine." Math and science collide in this forceful feat!
Function machines are a great way to introduce the topic of functions to your class. Here, you will explore the input and output to functions both using numerical and non-numerical data. Learners are encouraged to play with different relationships to discover different rules. 
Learn how to demonstrate the workings of a capacitor by viewing this valuable video. A technician walks you through the use foil and plastic, from a bin bag (a plastic garbage bag), to represent the plates and dielectrics. With capacitors being an important component in today's computers and cell phones, this lesson will be of particular interest to aspiring engineers and physics classes. 
In this following written directions activity, students read directions and perform the instructions of numbering acorns clockwise 1 to 10, coloring coding the stems even and odd numbers, and color numbered acorns different colors. Students complete eight directions.
Fifth graders build worm habitats and observe the activities of mealworms and earthworms. They experiment to show how the worms react to changes in light, temperature, touch, moisture, food, etc. They even watch as some of the mealworms change into beetles.
In this gas lab, students use a pressurized soda bottle with a closed end syringe to simulate Boyle's Law. They alter the volume and watch the effects on the pressure of the gas. They plot their data and answer eight post lab questions.
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Pupils calculate a toy car's velocity and acceleration. In this force and motion lesson, students build ramps and attach a dropper to a toy car, which is released down the ramp. Pupils calculate and graph velocity and acceleration using given formulas and their measurement of the distance between droplets on their ramps. Class discussion prompts and extension activities are provided.
Students examine how camouflage, animal color, allows them to survive and to be protected in their environment. They participate in a graphing activity, observe a teacher presented PowerPoint demonstration and an outdoor scavenger hunt activity.
Pupils examine deforestation and the effects of deforestation on the environment as well as the effects it has on specific people. Students research an area in the world where deforestation is taking place and present their information to the class.
In this stem plot worksheet, students construct 3 stem plots. Students answer 1 question about outliers and another question regarding which stem plot is preferred.
In this online interactive nervous system worksheet, students respond to 11 multiple choice and fill in the blank questions regarding the information included in the provided paragraphs.
Students investigate the aging brain and its relationship to the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease. They need to have prior knowledge of brain and nervous system anatomy in order to participate in this instructional activity. Students compare an aging brain and one that is younger.
Learners explore the major characteristics of the major animal phyla. They describe adaptive features that have contributed to the success of animals on land. Students explain how primate evolution provides a context for understanding human origins. They participate in a game to match animals characteristics to their phylum or class.
In this nervous system worksheet, students review the structure and function of neurons and how impulses are transmitted. Students label the parts of the brain and review the function of these parts. This worksheet has 12 fill in the blank and 14 matching questions.
Students explore the properties of a pumpkin. In this What's Inside a Pumpkin lesson plan, students use a real pumpkin to investigate pumpkin facts, sing a song "Five Little Pumpkins", paint pumpkin patch artwork, participate in a pumpkin candy counting activity, make a paper bag pumpkin craft, and prepare a no-bake pumpkin pie snack.
Young scholars make their own fly-fishing flies.  In this aquatic macroinvertebrates lesson, students look at images of different species of aquatic macroinvertebrates.  Young scholars compare the similarities and differences among the species.  Students examine real fly-fishing flies, imagine the species they represent, and make flies of their own.
Students discover the characteristics of batik fabrics. Using the fabric, they create a tulip garden wall hanging. They review warm and cool colors and use various stitching techniques for the stems and leaves. They share their creations with the class.

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