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Which Way to the Ocean?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Learners study the nesting process of the loggerhead turtle. They watch a video clip that shows them how human influences, such as artificial lights, can disorient turtle hatchlings, which can keep them from reaching the ocean. They work...
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Planet Designer: What’s Trending Hot?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Excite scholars to design their own planet in this first of five lessons. The lesson starts with a pre-activity assessment, a complete lesson plan that is easy to implement, and a post-activity assessment that would look great displayed...
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Planet Designer: Martian Makeover

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Mars used to have liquid water, can you make it come back? Use the lesson and simulation to understand why Mars lost its magnetic field, why atmosphere is important, and what gravity has to do with it. This is the third lesson in a...
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STEMonstrations: Newton's Third Law of Motion

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
How do the laws of physics work in microgravity? Astronaut Mark Vande Hei explores Newton's third law of motion as part of the "STEM on Station" series. Learners then explore Newton's third law further by building rocket racers and...
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STEMonstrations: Newton's 2nd Law of Motion

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Do the laws of physics apply in space? Astronaut Randy Bresnik explores Newton's second law of motion in one part of the "STEM on Station" series. Then, learners explore the same concepts in the classroom by propelling a car weighted...
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Roller Coaster Mania!

For Teachers 3rd - 10th Standards
Raise the energy level of your physical science class with this exciting hands-on activity. Applying their knowledge of kinetic and potential energy and Newton's laws of motion, young engineers use foam tubing and marbles to create...
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Rocks and Minerals

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Take young geologists on an exploration of the collection of rocks and minerals that we call Earth with an upper-elementary science lesson. Through a series of class discussion and hands-on investigations, learners learn about the three...
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The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your class to one of the ways that technology is benefiting humanity. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission involves the data collected by nine satellites from different countries with a united focus on studying world...
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Study Jams! A Day on Earth

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
It's good thing that it isn't up to RJ to spin the earth on its axis; he can't even keep a basketball spinning! In this video animation, he and viewers learn about Earth's movements in space. One thing to consider before you use this...
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Study Jams! Plants without Seeds

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Non-vascular plants do not develop seeds in order to reproduce. There are also some vascular plants that do not put out seeds. By viewing and reading through these six slides, green thumbs learn about mosses, liverworts, and ferns. They...
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Study Jams! Vertebrates

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Your back will be covered when you use this presentation to introduce beginning biologists to phylum chordata, the vertebrates. Five classes are defined: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals throughout the eight vibrant slides....
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Study Jams! The Senses: Smelling

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
It makes sense to sniff out a good lesson on the sense of smell. Here is a six-slide presentation that can be a strong component to that lesson! With photographs and expository graphics, life scientists find that smell is the detection...
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The Moon Illusion

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Does the moon change size? It sure looks like it! Two optical illusions are suggested as an explanation: Ebbinghaus and Ponzo. However, there are problems with both of these. Convergence micropsia may answer the question, but many...
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Cuttlefish: Tentacles In Disguise

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Cuttlefish are actually not fish — they are relatives of the octopus, squid, and nautilus! Scholars explore this concept and more as they observe cuttlefish and their ability to change their coloring through chromatophores. Viewers take...
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My Date With A Giant Pacific Octopus!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The largest giant Pacific octopus on record measured 30 feet across and weighed more than 600 pounds. Viewers get to see a giant Pacific octopus in its habitat at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The narrator interviews its caretaker and...
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Amazing Facts About Whales!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The blue whale is the largest creature ever to have lived on Earth. Scholars explore the world of these cetaceans, see how whales evolved, explore their characteristics, listen to their communication, and learn about their diet. 
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Who's Minding the Store?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
No, wearing smaller shoes does not decrease your carbon footprint! Groups choose one environmental concern to explore. Each team then researches a government agency or organization that addresses their concerns, contacts the agency or...
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Microbe Multiplication Magic

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A lesson introduces the reproduction rate of E. coli though a video. Then scholars complete a data table and graph of reproduction rates in ideal conditions as well as less than ideal conditions. 
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The Dynamic Nature of the Sun

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
In this second lesson of the series, pupils learn to observe similarities and differences in photos of the sun and record them in a Venn diagram. Then, small groups practice the same skill on unique images before presenting their...
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Planet Designer: Kelvin Climb

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's time to get those creative juices flowing! This second lesson in a series of five continues allowing pupils to design their own planets. It the same format as the first, but, this time, allows students to alter greenhouse gases to...
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The ABC's of Gas: Avogadro, Boyle, Charles

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Using chalkboard animation, this video thoroughly explains the three empirical gas laws: Avogadro's, Boyle's, and Charles'. Use it as an introduction when teaching young chemists about the properties and behavior of gases.
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Study Jams! Waves & Currents

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
Ocean lovers hang ten as they watch this film about waves and currents. What causes waves? What is a current? Learn this and more from Sam as he explains why RJ was struggling to surf the gnarly waves. Have your class watch this at home...
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Study Jams! The Kingdoms of Life

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Life science learners discuss the characteristics of five kingdoms of life: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria in this video. Viewers find out from the dialogue that scientists group organisms according to similarities. This...
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Study Jams! Our Solar System: Outer Planets

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
A set of seven slides presents an artist's rendition of our solar system, specifically, the asteroid belt, Kuiper Belt, and our outer planets: Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. The slides are beautiful, and a printable set with text is...