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Lesson Plan
University of Minnesota

Ethics of Dissection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's an elephant in your classroom. That's right — a big, awkward elephant named Dissection. Sure, you'd like to talk about him ... but how? Whether you're a seasoned teacher or fresh out of student teaching, the topic of dissection...
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PBS

NOVA Sun Lab Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Looking for a sun-sational multi-lesson plan full of videos, simulations, and discussion? Introduce your young scientists to all things solar with a four-part hands-on adventure. Pupils learn the basics of solar anatomy, space weather,...
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Unit Plan
Curated OER

The Psychology Teacher's Resource Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The activities in a comprehensive teacher's resource guide provides budding psychologists with opportunities to design experiments to study behavior, apply their knowledge of research variables, critique online behavior surveys, and much...
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American Psychological Association

A Tasty Sample(r): Teaching about Sampling Using M&M’s

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here's a sweet activity! As part of a study of psychological research methods and statistic gathering, individuals develop a hypothesis about the number of each color of M&Ms in a fun-size package. They then count the number of each...
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National Academy of Sciences

Global Warming: Facts and Our Future

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
According to the United Nations, climate change affects every country on the planet. This research project encourages scholars to explore the factors that affect climate change from different perspectives: climate scientist, policy...
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Chemical Education Foundation

Teacher's Guide to Science Projects

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Do you find the idea of having a science fair with all of your students intimidating? Use a guide that provides everything you need to know to make project-based learning manageable. The resource includes options for four different types...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Independent Plant Growth Experiment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This is an awesome lesson filled with tons of engaging learning activities. Over a period of weeks learners will make observations, collect plant and analyze plant data, read and review agricultural articles, design and conduct an...
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Worksheet
Nemours KidsHealth

Media Literacy and Health: What’s the Truth?

For Students 9th - 12th
In this personal health media literacy instructional activity, students use the eight questions on this sheet to evaluate a health news report on television. Students write paragraphs the determine whether the reports are valid sources...
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Lesson Plan
University of Minnesota

Your Incredible Memory

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Test the efficiency of your memory! Scholars test each other's memory as they explore factors that affect memory retrieval. Through experimental analysis, they discover there are different types of memory, which has an impact on the...
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University of Minnesota

Whose Choice Is It Anyway?

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Your taste buds may be saying Pepsi, but your brain is saying Coke! By analyzing experimental research, learners discover ways in which our brains impact decision making. They conclude with a discussion of neuromarketing and how it...
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Lesson Plan
K20 LEARN

The Parched Plains: Weather And Climate

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How do meteorologists differentiate between droughts and dry spells? Introduce the concepts of weather forecasting and prediction with an insightful research-based lesson from the K20 series. Partners synthesize individual research from...
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Lesson Plan
ReadWriteThink

Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young environmentalists learn how to craft a persuasive essay about an environmental issue they consider important. After studying the components of a persuasive essay and examining a student model, writers brainstorm possible topics and...
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Unit Plan
ReadWriteThink

Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How does your garden grow? An inquiry-based, organic gardening unit asks young scientists to research a vegetable or flower, create an environment for it, and then plant and tend to the seedling. Gardeners develop their own research...
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Lesson Plan
EngageNY

End of Unit Assessment, Part 2: Research and Response

For Teachers 5th Standards
Talk it out. Scholars complete part two of the assessment by participating in a World Café discussion activity. Learners circulate the room, sharing their ideas and thoughts about Canada's natural resources using quotes and paraphrasing...
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Lesson Plan
EngageNY

Research Skills, Part 2: Natural Resource Development and How It Modifies the Physical Environment

For Teachers 5th Standards
Name your source. Scholars receive research folders with articles of information about natural resources. They use the sources to conduct research to answer questions about how Canada's environment meets the needs of the people and how...
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Lesson Plan
EngageNY

End of Unit Assessment, Part 1: Research and Response

For Teachers 5th Standards
Stay on target. The class reviews the learning targets for the unit and the end of unit assessment. Scholars then begin working on part one of the assessment answering how Canada's natural resources meet the needs of the people and how...
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Lesson Plan
EngageNY

Structuring The Search: Categorizing Our Research

For Teachers 5th Standards
What can you contribute? Scholars read text to determine how ants contribute to the rainforest. First, they categorize and sort facts gathered from reading. Next, readers focus on specific terms in each paragraphs of the text Ants by...
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Lesson Plan
EngageNY

Supporting an Opinion: Why is the Rainforest Canopy a Difficult Place to Research? (Pages 9–10)

For Teachers 5th Standards
What do you think? Readers focus on pages 9-10 of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World to form opinions about the difficulty of researching the rainforest canopy. They begin by discussing the skills required to be a scientist and finish...
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EngageNY

Analyzing How Rainforest Scientists Communicate Their Research (Pages 39–42)

For Teachers 5th Standards
How do you say that? Learners read pages 39-42 of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World to analyze how the rainforest scientists communicate their research. They record their ideas in a KWL chart and then work in groups to explain...
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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Learning From Animals

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is all research on animals bad? Learners use a video to understand how animal research benefits humans. Pupils read about a drug modification turned deadly and the result of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Scholars use a...
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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccine History and Research

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It all becomes a matter of timing. Groups use a variety of resources to research the history of vaccines by first creating a timeline of vaccine research using leading scientists' work. Learners read articles to develop a story of the...
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Unit Plan
NASA

Wetlands

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take a little wade in the wetlands. A fun unit has pupils conduct a literature review to learn how climate change and human actions affect wetland ecosystems. They take a trip to a wetland, observe the fauna and flora, and then take and...
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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Meet the Germs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A lesson introduces scholars to the scientist, Martinus Beijerinck, the person behind virus discovery. Learners research and complete a graphic organizer that showcases the differences between a virus and bacteria. Small groups share...
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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Meet the Heros

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Vaccine development is the focus of a instructional activity that explores its history, timeline, and how the scientific method aids the process. Following a discussion about Edward Jenner and Small Pox, learners answer questions in...