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Happy Landings: A Splash or a Splat?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Huygens spacecraft landed on Saturn's moon Titan in 2005, making it the farthest landing from Earth ever made by a spacecraft. In this hands-on activity, the 12th installment of 22, groups explore how density affects speed. To do this,...
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The WSU Trebuchet Contest and the Engineering Design Process

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Launch a review of the eight steps in the design process with an activity that asks class members to design and build a functional trebuchet for the Wright State University Trebuchet contest. Teams review the preliminary criteria and the...
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Direction in Dance

For Teachers K - 5th
Students discover the movements possible in their own body by performing dances in class.  In this physical education lesson, students define several key terms related to dancing which will help them follow instructions.  Students...
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Bullying Awareness

For Teachers 5th - 8th
As a teacher, it's likely you're seeing bullying at your school in some capacity. Use three activities as a refresher course for junior high schoolers on what bullying is, the severity of its consequences, and how they can make a...
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Game, Set, Match!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The physics of the human body is amazing! Learners mix a little biology with a little robotics to examine the mechanics of human joints. After researching the structure of each joint, collaborative groups use everyday materials to...
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Oxidation of Iron - An Example of a Combination Reaction

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Here are photos and general instructions for demonstrating two oxidation reactions with your physical science beginners. They use salt and hydrogen peroxide to cause iron filings to rust, and they combine hydrogen peroxide with a piece...
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Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore physical sciences by participating in a class experiment. In this matter lesson, students identify the three forms of matter and their physical differences. Students utilize cookie dough to create a play dough like...
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Chemquest: Physical Changes or Chemical Reactions

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students study the differences between physical and chemical changes. In this chemical reactions instructional activity students participate in an indoor and outdoor lab activity. 
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Simple Machines, Engines and the Environment

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders calculate the mechanical advantage of an inclined plane. For this physics lesson, 4th graders identify the different types of simple machines and their uses. They give examples of compound machines.
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Snow Cover and Satellites

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore what keeps satellite in orbit around the Earth. In this physical science lesson plan, students explain how satellites work and their uses in scientific study. They use Google Earth to navigate to different places.
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Density Lab Activities

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students participate in several density lab activities in order to clarify the misconceptions that solids sink and liquids float. Students work with triple beam balances to find mass of objects to calculate density.
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Map Activities

For Students 6th - 9th
In this geography learning exercise, students follow the directions and shade 3 different regions of a UK political map, shade European Union countries on a political map of Europe, match 4 physical feature of Africa to their...
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Physics- global warming

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students discuss the concept of global warming and view a multimedia clip on the global warming phenomenon. They statistically analyze mean temperature data and compare a given set of data. Data on atmospheric CO2 is done then they...
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Land Elevation

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students define elevation by comparing something with an elevator. In this land elevation and mapping lesson, students study the coloring on a physical map to learn about how high land is. Students understand that elevation is determined...
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Location of Cities 201

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students work in pairs to locate the ancient cities on a world atlas using the longitude and latitude measurements. They examine the physical and human futures that explain their locations.
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Food Matters

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders identify physical and chemical changes. In this science inquiry lesson, 5th graders observe the changes that occur when making bread and butter. Students explain if the product is result of a physical or chemical change.