New! Lesson Plan #3 ~ Ocean Currents
Sixth graders experiment to understand the ocean's currents. In this ocean current lesson, 6th graders complete an experiment with two bottles of water and an index card to discover information about the ocean current. Students complete a worksheet and two online activities related to ocean currents.
Two Way Tables
Starting statisticians work with several sets of data, all of which involve two variables taken from the same subjects. They complete two-way tables and compute relative frequencies. Although the handouts are not visually appealing, topics of the data are of interest to middle schoolers and the exercises are pertinent to meeting Common Core standards for this age group. Teacher's support includes a lesson outline, worksheets, an assessment, and an answer key (for the assessment only).
Understanding Proportions and Scale Drawings
Proportions are ratios found using multiplication or division. Middle schoolers solve measurement problems, find a figure's missing dimension, and find the distance between two points. Resource features four lesson plans with detailed procedures, and hands on materials to elucidate and practice the concepts.
STEM: Lou-Vee Air Car
A comprehensive lesson 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 lesson 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!
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics: Tire and Wheel Assemblies
Is bigger really better? By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to apply formulas for computing the diameter of tires and wheel assemblies. Begin by showing a slide presentation that will review definitions for radius and diameter, unit conversions, and decimal/percent conversions. A real-world sample problem is worked out step-by-step using the formula for diameter. Two worksheets and their answer keys are provided.
Science Current Events Lessons
You can use current events to increase student understanding of both science concepts and language arts skills.
Ocean Acidification Mock Conference
In a comprehensive role playing activity, teens play the parts of different stakeholders in the realm of acidic oceans. They research, debate, and create a presentation from the perspective of either ocean organisms, the fishing industry, energy companies, the transportation industry, the recreation industry, or the public. By taking the perspective of one of these key figures, learners are able to delve deeply into the economic, environmental, and ecological impacts of the issue of ocean acidity. Additionally, there is ample teacher background supplied to help you brush up on the important elements of this topic.
Students use the scientific method to complete to experiments that have visible reactions. In this visible reaction lesson plan, students participate in an experiment with melting ice and one with inflating a balloon. Students record their observations of the visual changes in these experiments.
One, Two, Three--Go Part 3
Another fantastic lesson from Illuminations is here for you. I can't say enough good things about these plans! In this one very young learners explore the numbers 2 and 3. They compare sets of one, two, and three objects and record sets of three on a chart. Excellent worksheets that support the lesson are embedded in the plan. There's even a nursery rhymes and song sheet that make the lesson even more fun.
Focus on Two - Part 1
Young mathematicians focus on the number 2. In this splendid math lesson, learners make groups of two, write the numeral, and record groups of two objects on a personal recording chart. This lesson cleverly uses a song as an opener (the lyric sheet is embedded in the plan), and it has many other fine worksheets, activities, and extension ideas for you as well. A fantastic lesson plan!
Lesson 2: Confronting Climate Change: Understanding
In the second of three lessons about climate change, young climatologists examine the local impacts of severe storms and drought on roads, rivers, buildings, and more. Through a series of investigations, learners begin to understand the effects of a warming planet on a more comprehensible scale.
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