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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 1

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The first unit in a series of four focusing on climate change introduces fifth and sixth graders to the various systems that create climate. They examine the natural and human causes of greenhouse gas emissions, and conduct experiments...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 4

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The last unit in a series of four focuses on the role individuals play in climate change. Students examine their ecological footprint then expand their research to consider the impacts on ecological systems and human civilization in a...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 2

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
In the second unit in a series of four, fifth and sixth graders learn about the difference between weather and climate. Scholars look at historical and recent climate data, regional and global trends, to understand that climate change...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 3

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Living things and ecosystems respond to and are affected by climate change. In this collection of four lessons, students learn about how researchers—now and in the past—have used plant lifecycle events to understand climate. Pupils...
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Think Like a Geologist

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Teach young scientists to think like geologists with a two-lesson collection that has them examine all kinds of evidence to peel back the layers of geological history. In the first lesson students examine examples of the Principle of...
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Applying Literacy Skills to Core Subjects

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Literacy skills are not limited to language arts. Middle schoolers apply literacy skills every time they open a science textbook, read a primary source document, interpret an explanation of a complex mathematics concept, and learn a new...
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Once a Soda Can, Now a Blanket!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Successful recycling programs are incredibly beneficial for our fragile planet! Encourage kids to recycle as part of an environmental effort with a collection of project ideas and resources.
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Warm Hands, Warm Heart...Thanks to Circulation!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ba-dum, ba-dum! The gentle beating of our hearts is the drum beat of our lives. But how does all that blood pump through our body so efficiently with just a few beats? Learn about the circulatory system with a collection of videos,...
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Bones in your Body

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone. The leg bone's connected to the knee bone. The knee bone's connected to the...  Bones play a very important role in the function of our bodies. They protect our organs and provide support for...
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Middle School Fall Resources

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Seasons come, and seasons go—but why? And how? Middle schoolers learn more about the fall season with a collection of earth science resources, social studies lessons, and writing assignments. Start the school year off with a rigorous...
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Chemistry Simulations from PhET

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Bring your science classroom into the 21st century with this collection of digital simulations. From an introduction to the states of matter to balancing chemical equations and investigating radioactive decay, these engaging interactives...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Much of the opioid epidemic in America begins with a prescription pad and a pen. Teenagers work through a series of activities that introduce them to people who are recovering from an addiction to painkillers. Each lesson in this unit of...
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The Brain and Nervous System

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Check out this 9-part unit on the human brain, focusing on neurons, the synaptic gap, the effect of hormones, and the importance of nutrients. You'll find seven lessons, a pre-assessment, and a post-assessment .
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Space, Gravity, and the Human Body

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
What happens to the human skeleton when it has been in space for an extended time? What does a reduced-gravity environment do to our bodies? Can we learn about our own skeletons by taking apart a chicken carcass? Explore the concepts...
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The Brain: Explored

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is there anymore more mysterious and wonderful than the human brain? Often, we have so many questions it's difficult to know where to begin. Check out this five-part video series on different aspects of the brain, hosted by Dr. David...
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Let's Go To Space! - SciShow Kids

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Take a journey to outer space with a collection of 18 captivating videos by SciShow Kids. Videos cover a variety of topics related to space and astronomy, and showcase key terms and real-world images.  The host, Jessi, and her cartoon...
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Plate Tectonics Cycle — Sixth Grade

For Teachers 6th Standards
Four resources make up a collection that breaks down each part of the plate tectonic cycle, developed by Math/Science Nucleus. With pre- and post-labs, discussion topics, and writing assignments, sixth graders take on a hands-on approach...
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Simple Machines

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Ramps, levers, screws, pulleys, and more! Help your students learn about simple machines by having them understand how they conserve energy, how they are used in our every day lives, and how to build their own. Some resources get into...
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The Water Cycle

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Few things are more important to life on earth than water. This is a collection of resources for middle schoolers about the various stages of the water cycle. Included are hands-on activities/labs, videos, worksheets, and diagrams. Get...
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Operation Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Safe Drinking Water Foundation created a set of water pollution lesson plans to teach class members about water pollution issues. Through a variety of hands-on activities, young environmentalists discover clean water practices and...
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Space Science: The Sun and Its Influence on Earth

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
These videos by Crash Course Kids are an excellent way to get your class pumped up about the solar system. From rotations and revolutions to the gas giants and rocky planets, everything (and more) about the solar system is covered in...
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It's Not Your Fault

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Be prepared for the next big quake with a collection of lessons, activities, and presentations about the science of earthquakes, as well as safety tips and guidelines.
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Photosynthesis: Just a Little Sunshine!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Brighten up your middle school unit on photosynthesis with a collection of worksheets and lessons, perfect for illuminating this brilliant topic.
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The Digestive System: Breaking it Down

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Are your anatomy or biology classes finding standard lessons hard to stomach? Share a collection of videos, worksheets, and lessons for an invigorated lesson about the human digestive system.