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Berries...With a Side of DNA?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Sometimes science lab can be ... delicious! Middle school science scholars extract DNA from strawberries and other fruits in an engaging lab activity. The teacher's guide includes pacing, materials list, and worksheets with answer keys.
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Renewable Energy

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
You'll be blown away by a lesson on renewable energy. Learners study possible renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power. They analyze the advantages and disadvantages and then use maps to determine ideal locations for wind...
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The Need Is Mutual: The Importance of Biological Interactions

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Can you name the biological interactions you encounter during a day? Your classes might be surprised by the number of interactions they experience! A comprehensive activity explores the science of symbiotic relationships. Learners...
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Secession of the South

For Students 8th Standards
Was the Southern states' decision to secede from the Union protected by the United States Constitution? Eighth graders discuss the constitutionality of the South's justification for secession, particularly the secession of South...
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Asexual and Sexual Reproduction

For Students 8th Standards
Can you name a type of reproduction that produces no variation in the offspring? The multimedia lesson covers both sexual and asexual reproduction through videos and discussions. It includes topics such as genetic modification, meiosis,...
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Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Some chemical reactions produce heat, but what is really going on? Lesson focuses on the concept of energy changes, both exothermic and endothermic. Scholars perform multiple experiments, hands-on activities, and view videos of the...
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What is a Chemical Reaction?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
When a candle burns down, what happens to the mass that appears to be shrinking? Lesson begins with a demonstration of the chemical reaction of a candle burning. Then scholars use atom models to observe conservation of mass concretely. 
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Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
When making sweet tea, why do people dissolve the sugar in hot tea instead of cold tea? The class discusses the previous lab and builds upon it. Working in groups, they design an experiment to determine how temperature affects the...
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Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
There is a solvent called aqua regis that can dissolve gold! After observing a solubility demonstration, groups receive four known crystals and one unknown. Based on the demo, they design an experiment to determine the identity of the...
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Represent Bonding with Lewis Dot Diagrams

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Lewis dot diagrams, Lewis dot structures, and electron dot diagrams are all the same thing. Young scientists learn how to draw Lewis dot diagrams and come to understand how dots and dashes represent valence electrons and ionic or...
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The Periodic Table

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Carbon is a unique element known to form up to 10 million different compounds. Scholars focus on the first 20 elements of the periodic table in order to learn how to read the table. They correctly match 20 cards with given information to...
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Air, It's Really There

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Love is in the air? Wrong — nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide are in the air. The final lesson in the series of five covers the impact of temperature on gases. Scholars view a demonstration of gas as a type of matter before performing...
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The Ups and Downs of Thermometers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What has a thermometer earned that your pupils haven't? A degree! After reviewing the previous lessons about molecules and degrees, scholars observe how thermometers work before building their own. The module includes a activity sheet.
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Molecules in Motion

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
I heard that oxygen and magnesium were going out and I was like "O Mg."  Pupils experiment with adding food coloring to water of various temperatures in order to determine how temperature impacts molecular movement. This is the...
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Moving Molecules in a Solid

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Who likes magic shows? In the fourth of five lessons, pupils view a scientific magic trick. The ball fits through the ring easily, but then moments later, it won't pass through anymore. What changed? Can we reverse the change? Scholars...
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Molecules Matter

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Did you know that jumping spiders sometimes wear water droplets as hats? A seventh grade science lesson introduces the concept of what makes up water: tiny molecules that are attracted to each other. Starting with a chemistry discussion,...
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Middle School Sampler: Science

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Focus on inquiry-based learning in your science class with a series of activities designed for middle schoolers. A helpful packet samples four different texts, which include activities about predator-prey relationships, Earth's axis and...
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Drones Take Off

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder what drones are doing high above us in the sky? This article gives your class an insight to what those robots in the sky are doing. After reading an article on drone technology, pupils are prompted to respond to a variety of...
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Persuasive Essay

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Next time you assign your young historians to write a persuasive essay, use this document as a starting point and support them with a rubric, tips for writing a successful persuasive piece, and a general essay outline.
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Cold Case Rome

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Pupils are transformed into detectives in the case to solve the motive behind the assassination of Julius Caesar. This resource includes eight engaging "exhibits" of unique primary and secondary sources for students to analyze during...
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Reformation Dossiers

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
If you were living during the Reformation and had to choose between arresting Henry VIII, Pope Leo X, or the Grand Inquisitor of the Catholic Church, who would you pick? This engaging assignment will have your young historians critically...
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Roman Empire

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Does the United States parallel the Roman Empire in any way? Young historians work with four documents in order to answer this query as part of a structured DBQ assignment.
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Savvy Savers

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the benefits and risks of saving in an interest-bearing account? Pupils explore concepts like risk-reward relationship and the rule of 72, as well as practice calculating compound interest, developing important personal finance...
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School Segregation

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians explore monumental events in the history of school segregation in the United States, such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. They conclude with an experiential activity by delivering an argument in...