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Project PARKA: Planting AntaRctica in KAnsas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What happens in the Antarctic doesn't stay in the Antarctic. A thought-provoking collection of four lessons examines how climate change is affecting the Antarctic and the rest of the world's oceans. Although designed for Kansas' Student...
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Set Up a Remote Learning Schedule for Middle School

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This collection provides a 2-week sample plan and a blank template for remote learning. In addition, we provide ideas to get you started in your planning for remote instruction. 
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Discover Water—The Role of Water in Our Lives

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Make a splash with this series of engaging interactives that teach all about one of the most important substances on Earth: water. From oceans to bodies of freshwater, these fun resources investigate the water cycle and the important...
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Breaking Down Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ecosystems are crucial in allowing for the flow of energy. In this collection, learners look at how energy flows from one organism to another through food chains and food webs. With videos, interactives, and worksheets, the material in...
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The Building Blocks of Life

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
During every moment of life, billions of cells are working tirelessly to keep you alive, not to mention all the cells in every blade of grass and other living things. Augment your middle school or high school unit on animal and plant...
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Challenger Center: Christa's Lost Lessons

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Astronaut Christa McAuliffe had several lessons planned for her Challenger STS 51L Teacher in Space mission. With the help of Astronauts Ricky Arnold and Joe Acaba, the demonstrations were filmed aboard the International Space Station...
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Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Coal soot and gas fumes, smog and pollution, acid rain and nuclear radiation may become passe as scientists search for innovative, sustainable energy sources. Engage young environmentalists in the quest with a collection of resources...
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Fresh Solutions: Water Use and Conservation

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Water, water, everywhere but there is less of it available to drink! The ten resources in this collection examine water waste in manufacturing, depleted aquifers, water usage,  and desalination and recycling methods. Students watch...
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Minute Physics: Intro to Special Relativity Course

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Special relativity is a physical theory that explains the relationship between space and time. A collection of eight videos makes this complex—and at times confusing—concept a little easier to understand. Simple drawings illustrate each...
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Evolution and Speciation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of five Nature League videos explores evolution and speciation. Four evolution types, in-breeding, out-breeding, and how engineers have designed technology, household items, and medicines inspired by nature. Host Britt...
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Adaptations

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Viewers learn about adaptations of plants, animals, and humans through a collection of four Animal League videos. Host Britt Garner discusses behavioral and physical adaptations like camouflage. Also featured are unique adaptions like...
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Reproduction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young biologists learn about reproduction through a four-part, Nature League video series. Hosted by Britt Garner, the collection explores sexual and asexual reproduction, the importance of genetic diversity, adaptations, epigenetics,...
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Invertebrates

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Introduce young zoologists to invertebrates with a video collection from Nature League, hosted by Britt Garner. The narrator identifies the major characteristics of invertebrates alongside their positions on the phylogenetic tree....
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Biodiversity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, is the focus of a four-video collection hosted by Britt Garner. The narrator discusses biodiversity, evolution, defining intelligence, and other complex topics. As a bonus, she models how to break...
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What is Life?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A Nature League series of five videos, hosted by Brit Garner of the SciShow, make up a collection that models how scientists conduct investigations. The first video addresses the definition of life, it's characteristics, and the...
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Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World With NOAA

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration present a collection of resources that introduce middle schoolers to the essential principles of climate change. The activity examines how solar energy moves wind and water, is...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 4

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Climate change affects people and countries around the world in different ways. Through a five-lesson unit, students learn about the many types of impacts. They engage in role-playing games, reflect on how their actions contribute to...
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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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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 1

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Engage young scientists in a study of climate change with a collections of lessons that combine online research with labs, videos, activities, nature walks, and a NASA data analysis tool to examine different Earth's systems and how they...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 4

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Climate change is the focus of a three-lesson collection that asks students to consider how people living around the world are affected by the changes they researched. In the second lesson they examine their own carbon footprints.The...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 3

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
A four-lesson collection has scholars collecting data to determine how climate affects phenology. The unit begins with class embers collecting life-cycle data on their campus. They then collect, graph, and analyze data on trees to show...
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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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Student Version - Earth and Human Activity: A Changing Climate

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
As residents of Earth, humans rely on the planet for the resources they need to survive. Explore the ways people interact with their environment and the impacts these interactions have on the planet with a collection of lessons, videos,...
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Earth and Human Activity: A Changing Climate

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As residents of Earth, humans rely on the planet for the resources they need to survive. Explore the ways people interact with their environment and the impacts these interactions have on the planet with a collection of lessons, videos,...
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Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do elephants and plankton have in common? They both rely on the sun for the energy required to live. The resources in this high school science collection explore the flow of energy through ecosystems and the interdependent...
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Student Version - Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What do elephants and plankton have in common? They both rely on the sun for the energy required to live. The resources in this high school science collection explore the flow of energy through ecosystems and the interdependent...
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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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The Periodic Table

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Whether you're giving a broad introduction to the periodic table or honing in on particular element groups, this collection will have what you need. I've put the general resources at the front, and resources that focus on particular...
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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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Strategies for Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Teaching reading in the content areas presents its own set of challenges and requires its own set of skills. Learning how to preview a text, how to analyze headings and graphics, topics and subtopics, to recognize claims and evidence...
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Literacy in Science/Technical Subjects: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Reading and interpreting scientific texts successfully requires more than science knowledge. The Common Core Standards for literacy in science/technical subjects revolve around helping students understand scientific texts, symbols, and...
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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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The Blueprints of Your Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Brown eyes, blue eyes, and green eyes don't just happen by luck. Find out more about genetics with a collection of high school level presentations, videos, and lessons.
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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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It's Electrifyin'!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why exactly does rubbing a balloon on your head make your hair stick up? A set of fun, applicable electricity experiments and lessons is sure to put some sparks into your curriculum!
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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.
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The Respiratory System: Take My Breath Away

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Breathe in, breathe out! Follow the path of oxygen from an inhalation to a ride on a red blood cell with a collection of videos, activities, and project ideas about the respiratory system.
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The Systems of Our Bodies

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Every bite we take and breath we inhale serves to keep us alive. But how does each body system work with each other? Use these lessons, videos, and apps to explore the ever-busy systems in our bodies.
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Food Chains Around the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's a dog-eat-dog world - or is that hawk-eat-grasshopper? Take a look at a collection of presentations, videos, and activities about the food chain in different parts of the world.
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Winter Solstice

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The Winter Solstice is the subject of a collection of materials that has young scientists watching videos, conducting experiments, and making calculations, all to investigate the scientific concepts behind the shortest day of the year in...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 2

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A pre-test launches a unit study of whether the weather is changing. After reviewing the differences between weather and climate, scholars examine historical climate data and then compare regional weather changes with overall global...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 2

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A five-lesson collection examines how current climate changes are different from those in the past. Young scientists gather data from sources life fossils, tree rings, ice cores, and global CO2 levels to determine similarities and...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
A four-lesson collection asks high schoolers to consider their role in climate change. They study the carbon cycle, the role of greenhouse gases, factors that effect the rates of photosynthesis and respiration, and the services...
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Space Science: Introduction to Stars

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Take a crash course in astronomy with a video playlist from Crash Course Kids! Each video is short, engaging, and informative for both future astronauts and science teachers eager for a fun take on the stars.
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WE Are Innovators: High School Resources

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The five lessons in a collection from WE are Innovators encourages high schoolers to go where scientists have not gone before.  They read articles and watch videos to gather information and then use an innovative mindset and their...
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We Are Innovators: High School Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Five modules in the WE Are Innovators collection encourages high schoolers to get involved and use their creativity and problem-solving skills to investigate issues affecting the environment. They design innovative, sustainable methods...
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Recycling: Talking Trash in Tuscon

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Check out this four-part lesson specifically for 6th-8th graders in Tucson, Arizona (but easily used in any middle school classroom). Your class will dive deep into the details of recycling, perfectly suited for an Earth Day unit.
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Solar and Planetary Radio Astronomy

For Students 9th - 12th
Check out these seven lessons from NASA on the discovery of Jupiter radio waves, the speed of light, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Everything you need is here, including teacher keys, student handouts, lesson steps, and example...
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MicroMatters: Microbiology

For Students 6th - 9th
This is a fantastic set of microbiology resources for middle school science classes, with each lesson coming stocked with student lab materials, videos, PowerPoints, and even printable materials lists! Find everything you need (and maybe...
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Experiments in Space

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Check out this collection of four fun studies based on real research from the International Space Station! Students compare spiders, ants, butterflies, and plants at their own school with those on the ISS. Tons of extra teacher materials...
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Sustainability

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect. The big idea behind this cross-curricular collection of lesson and unit plans, videos and interactives, worksheets and activities for high schoolers is to foster an awareness of and respect for the...
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Sustainability: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Sustainability is the focus of a collection designed to peak the interests of sixth through eighth-graders. Here you will find an assortment of lessons, activities, and videos covering topics such as sustainable transportation, forestry,...
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Creating a Rain Garden

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Use this series of lessons to empower your gardeners to plan for, design, and implement a rain garden on campus! From planning water flow and calculating volume to acting in an interpretive play where they become plants, learners will be...
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Lunar Cycle

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Wax on, Wane off. How will you teach your learners the phases of the moon and stages of the lunar cycle?
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Maker projects & 3D Shapes

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
The study of three dimensional objects can bring out the natural maker and builder in your students. This collection explores three dimensions through the use of maker projects, 3-D nets, and studies of area and surface area. The...
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Teaching Children with Autism—Content Area Resources

For Teachers K - 12th
Browse a collection designed to meet the needs of scholars with autism in kindergarten through 12th grade. Here, you'll find a variety of resources—lesson plans, printables, activities, worksheets, and an app—spanning a range of content...
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Teaching and Learning About Autism

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately "1 in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum." The teacher guides and other professional development materials in this collection offer information...
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Fig. 1 by Univ. of California - Psychology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Nature, nurture, or hot wired? Journey into the brain with University of California researchers as they search for answers to age-old questions about personality, morality, behavior, and, of course, love.
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Cell Division: Divide and Conquer

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Cell division is an important part of life, and an equally important part of your biology unit. Use these lessons, projects, presentations, and videos to demonstrate mitosis and the way development occurs at the cellular level.
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Grade 6-8 Living Things

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What characterizes a living thing? Scholars explore the concept during a differentiated instruction unit on living things. They perform lab experiments to determine how animals adapt to stimuli, watch videos and learn about...
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Grade 8 Science: Genetic Modification of Organisms

For Teachers 8th Standards
Genetic modification is a hot topic in the science and political world. A complete unit gives learners an opportunity to research genetic modification, play an interactive genetic engineering simulation, and interact with the information...
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Coastal Peru: The Amazing Biodiversity of a Coastal Ecosystem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Peru's coastal ecosystem is only one of the country's amazing features. But travelers don't need passports, expensive plane tickets, or heavy suitcases to examine the biodiversity of coastal Peru. Armed with a field trip log and graphic...
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What Is the Coldest Thing in the World?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A video that demonstrates the process for cooling atoms launches a journey to comprehend physics. After watching the video, class members answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions to prepare for a whole-class discussion of the...
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MedMyst Mission 2: Peril in Prokaryon

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
An outbreak of illness hits a refugee camp and the local population worries about the spread of the deadly disease. Scholars virtually travel to the area to determine what causes the disease and how it is spread. Next, they must put...
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Food For Thought

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Science can be quite tasty. A delectable unit from NASA shows learners why it's important to consider food, nutrition, and health in space. Four lessons explore the idea in great depth, including testing cookie recipes. Along the way,...
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MedMyst Mission 1: Orientation at O.R.B.

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
A dozen years after a great plague wipes out the majority of Earth's civilization, a group of scientists joins together to fight infectious diseases. Scholars join the training mission and learn about viruses, bacteria, pathogens and...
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Optimal and Sustainable: Renewable Energy Revamp

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
More than 100 cities around the world have shifted from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Scholars investigate a city wanting to make this switch, but needs help determining how to make the shift. Groups consider all options,...
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Building Better Buses: Transportation Design Challenges

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Scholars learn about a series of three challenges when they design a bus system for a small town. They determine the bus routes and then figure out the best type of fuel to use before considering the cost of going electric. Learners...
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Map a Model Solar System

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Creating a solar system map is a snap thanks to a hands-on activity! Science scholars explore the solar system by building it wherever they choose during an interactive from PBS's Space series. Users pick both the location and scale for...
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Molecular Gastronomy - Science in the Kitchen

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Some say cooking is an art—and a science! Scholars scope out the savory subject of molecular gastronomy with a series of related activities. The teacher's guide contains printable worksheets and helpful tips for implementing the lesson.
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Ocean Circulation in the North Atlantic

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Swirling and churning, the waters of the North Atlantic play a vital role in Earth's climate! Discover the many factors that produce circulation using a multimedia lesson from PBS's Weather and Climate series for high schoolers. Scholars...
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Scale of the Universe II

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How is a dodo bird like a beach ball? Science sleuths discover amazing size comparisons using a hands-on Internet resource. Individuals examine the metric scale of objects and organisms ranging from the smallest possible to the largest...
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Forces Lab

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Here's a force to be reckoned with in the physics classroom! Scholars discover the movements associated with tension, compression, and other common forces through a hands-on simulation. Pupils pull, push, and twist their way through each...
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Sports Physiology and Statistics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If I want to build up my heart, where should I start? Science scholars use statistics in a sports physiology setting during an insightful experiment. Groups measure resting and active heart rates and develop a scatter plot that shows the...
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Are Naked Mole Rats the Strangest Mammals?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Imagine a mammal with the metabolism of a plant! This strange mammal appears cold-blooded like a reptile and demonstrates the social life of an insect. A short video examines learning the incredible adaptations of the naked mole rat.
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Using Models to Understand Photosynthesis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is your class in the dark about photosynthesis? Shed some sunlight on an important biological process with a thoughtful activity. After answering questions to help determine their level of knowledge, learners work with chemical equations...
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Cell Vocabulary Review Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can science scholars describe a nucleus without mentioning DNA, or a chloroplast without mentioning the color green? Test their organelle understanding through an exciting card game. Groups take turns guessing the correct organelle or...
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What Causes Insomnia?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists estimate anywhere from two to thirty percent of the world's population suffers from insomnia at any given time. A short video details the causes of insomnia, what happens to sufferers, and offers some possible solutions.
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How One Scientist Averted a National Health Crisis

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Between 1957 and 1962, thousands of infants born in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany had serious deformities due to thalidomide, a drug marketed to pregnant women as a mild sleeping aid and to relieve pregnancy nausea. However, the...
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What Would It Be like to Live on the Moon?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Will the next generation have the option of living on the moon? Discover the challenges and adjustments required to live in such a harsh environment with a short video that describes some of the obstacles scientists must overcome in...
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How Do We Study Living Brains?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Out of all vertebrates, the largest brain when compared to body size belongs to humans. Studying the working brain presents challenges to scientists. Learn about three of the most common tests used to understand how the living brain...
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Why Are Fish Fish-Shaped?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Some species of fish are more closely related to humans than they are to other species of fish! How did so many species, that aren't closely related, develop the same body shape? A short video explains the evolution of fish. 
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What Is Dust Made Of?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
We find dust almost everywhere, but have you ever considered it fascinating? Dust contains a variety of materials and varies greatly based on location. After learning about dust, scholars answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions.
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What Causes Constipation?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Chronic constipation includes those people with fewer than five bowel movements per week. Understanding the causes of constipation helps determine appropriate treatments. Changes in diet, schedule, stress, and age alter the way our body...
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How to Build a Dark Matter Detector

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists measure dark matter based on gravity, but how do we find something that can't be detected by anything on the electromagnetic spectrum? Understanding what doesn't work leads to new tests and machines in the search for dark...
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Photosynthesis Investigation

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Can scientists increase the rate of photosynthesis to help clean the air? Scholars complete an experiment determining net photosynthesis. Then, they apply knowledge from the activity to design their own investigations of the factors that...
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Seasonal Science: Thundersnow

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Let it snow, let it snow, let it ... thundersnow? Explore the thundersnow phenomenon with a video and lesson as part of the Seasonal Science series. The video describes what causes the unique weather event, explains just how rare these...
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The Other Explosion You Should Know About

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists replace incorrect ideas when new evidence appears, but what happens when scientists reject the new evidence? Learn the story of the Avalon explosion and the scientists who resisted the fossils proving it existed as one part of...
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How the Turtle Got Its Shell

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Does a shell define a turtle, or are there turtles without shells? Learn about the evolution of the unique reptile and the mystery that surrounds this identifiable feature as part of a larger series of videos. As various disciplines...
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The Most Useful Fossils in the World

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One of the most abundant fossils on earth confused paleontologists for more than one hundred years. Viewers learn about the mystery and discoveries related to conodonts in a video from PBS as part of its Eons series.
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What a Dinosaur Looks like under a Microscope

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How do scientists determine the age of a dinosaur when it died? Viewers earn how scientists make slides of dinosaur fossils and how they use these images to determine age at death. Part of a larger Eons series from PBS, these beautiful...
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Inside the Dinosaur Library

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Where do fossils that aren't on display in a museum go? Learn about the dinosaur collections at the Museum of the Rockies as part of the larger PBS Eons series of videos. The collections manager explains how they care for fossils and...
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What Was the Ancestor of Everything?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
As part of evolution species branch off of others species. But what did the original limb look like? Young scientists discover the exciting study of the last universal common ancestor as they hear from specialists in multiple scientific...
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How the Squid Lost Its Shell

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The ancestors of squid and octopus used shells as a form of defense. Pupils learn how cephalopods evolved without shells and the adaptations required to survive without one. Viewers learn how scientists know about these changes and the...
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The Weird, Watery Tale of Spinosaurus

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
While scientists have know about dinosaurs that flew in the air, lived on land, and swam in the water, a episode from the PBS Eons series reveals recent discoveries of a dinosaur that was semi-aquatic—the first known semi-aquatic...
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The Age of Reptiles in Three Acts

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Reptiles survived the largest extinction event on the planet and then they grew into the most dominant class of the Mesozoic Era. They quickly evolved into giants on land, sea, and air. In an episode of the PBS Eons series viewers learn...
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From the Fall of Dinos to the Rise of Humans

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
We live in the Cenozoic Era, and most of the animals we recognize first appeared in this era. However, the animals that existed at the start of the era bear little resemblance to present day. As one part of a larger series, individuals...
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That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What would happen if all of the land on Earth received as much rainfall as the temperate rain forest? The vast desserts would be altered, the animals would adapt or die, and the types of plants available would quickly shift. This is what...
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Why Triassic Animals Were Just the Weirdest

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Normally when two species look similar, they are closely related. However, this doesn't seem to apply to the Triassic animals. Learn why these familiar looking animals are not actually related to today's animals. Viewers come to...
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Where Did Viruses Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
When did things start going viral? Travel back through eons of history and learn about the origins of viruses. Part of a larger series, the lesson discusses what scientists already know and how they study viruses. The video also details...
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Drug Adherence and Resistance

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The FDA approved more than 25 drugs to treat HIV—and often people must use them in combination. One of the largest challenges with these medications happens due to patient error. Class members use an interactive to learn about drug...
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Color Filters

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Filters provide amusing changes to images in applications other than just Instagram! High school pupils apply their knowledge of colored filters to three different interactive sets of puzzles. They identify light colors that pass through...
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Color Pigments

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Objects contain pigments that selectively absorb a wavelength of light, and our eyes only observe a very small range of these wavelengths. Scholars apply these two facts to three different activities. They identify the pigment in an...
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If This, Then That: Color

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The dress color debate of 2015 taught the importance of understanding how we see light. Scholars view a shirt under two different colored lights and then must predict what color the shirt will appear under a third light. They apply color...
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Light Intensity

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Light intensity varies by the strength of the light bulb as well as the distance to the light bulb. Pupils apply these concepts independently at first. They must solve for the light intensity as either the distance or the wattage of the...
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Spectrum

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars relate each of the colors in the spectrum, except indigo, by comparing their frequencies, wavelengths, and energy levels. Then, they compare each section of the electromagnetic spectrum when considering the same three variables.
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Total Internal Reflection

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars work through three different activities applying their knowledge of total internal reflection (TIR). First, they simply identify which diagrams create TIR and which don't. Next, they match different types of boundary behaviors...
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The Facts About Dinosaurs and Feathers

For Students 6th - 12th
Did the T. Rex have feathers? A video from the Eons series playlist explains the exciting recent findings about dinosaurs and feathers. It details the evidence, the research, and our current understanding. It also considers why dinosaurs...
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Should This Lake Exist?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The largest body of water in California, the Salton Sea,  was created by accident. An interesting installment of a video series shares the history of the lake, which is now home to the second-most diverse group of birds in America. From...
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Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In 1852, a German physicist, Magnus, talked about an effect first described by Isaac Newton in 1672. Part of a series, an interesting video explains the Magnus effect and previous attempts to apply it to transportation. It also shows a...
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Filling Our Land with Landfills

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Though it consists of only 5 percent of the world population, the US generates 40 percent of the world's waste. Scholars learn about landfills, their safety, and other options for handling solid waste. They use experiments and research...
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Dragon Delivery

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Consider the riddle of dragon genetics. Young scientists simulate being dragon parents and determining which traits their child will have. Then they learn of a new relative and must determine how they are related using probability and...
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TASC Transition Curriculum: Workshop 13

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The six instructional shifts in this workshop definitely move math and science teachers' understanding of instruction. The workshop, 13th out of a series of 15, asks participants to examine sample tests and to look at how the six...
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The L.O.S.T. Art of Image Description - Converging Lenses

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Magnifying glasses and cameras often use converging lenses, but how do they alter an image? Pupils discover a lens, axis, and object arrow before identifying four characteristics of the resulting image. They label the location,...
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Law Enforcement - Refraction

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils apply their knowledge of refraction to four different sets of challenges. Each of the first three focus on one variable's impact on the direction of bending. The fourth combines variables for greater challenge.
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The L.O.S.T. Art of Image Description - Curved Mirrors

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
We see curved mirrors every day in spoons, rear-view mirrors, stores as a safety measure, make-up mirrors, and in novelty stores. Scholars explore the changes to an image based on the curve of the mirror, the location of the image, and...
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Who Can See Who?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
While only briefly mentioned in most Physics books, plane mirrors and their applications offer the basics necessary for future studies. While working through an interactive, pupils demonstrate knowledge of both reflection and its forms....
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Law of Reflection

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Reflection seems simple to understand, but without a complete understanding, pupils struggle with ray diagrams, specular versus diffuse reflection, total internal reflection, and image formation. An engaging interactive provides three...
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Sensors in Chemistry

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency monitors sensors to track air pollution and set clean air standards. Enthusiastic young scientists use similar sensors to gather data in their area and then apply the gas laws and conservation of...
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Virus Wars

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Unending war, battles on every front, increasing offenses and defenses as the sides adjust to each other ... these phrases describe your body fighting viruses. From a common cold to deadly Ebola, cells adjust and defend life themselves....
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Protein Synthesis

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The smallest man-made factory measures less than 400 square feet. The smallest nature-made factory is inside your body. An engaging video describes the factory inside your cells. The narrator details transcription and translation along...
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NOVA RNA Lab Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn the differences between RNA and DNA through discussion, virtual labs, worksheets, and video quizzes. They build their knowledge of molecular biology with support from video clips and handouts.
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Coral Bleaching

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is coral bleaching? Tackle a trendy topic with a narrated animation. Through a combination of video and illustration, the narrator introduces viewers to a coral reef, then goes inside a coral polyp to show its symbiotic relationship...
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Sustainability: Learning for a Lifetime – Soil

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do great gardeners really have green thumbs—or just really great soil? Environmental scholars discover what makes Earth's soil and soil quality so important through research and experimentation. Learners also develop an understanding of...
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TASC Transition Curriculum: Workshop 11

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
You'll C-E-R a difference in classroom achievement after using a helpful lesson. Designed for economics, civics, government, and US history classes, participants practice using the CER model to craft arguments about primary and secondary...
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TASC Transition Curriculum: Workshop 4

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why is it important to use precise language? Participants explore this question in the fourth lesson in a series of 15 on effective instruction. Perfect for all content areas, the lesson promotes appropriate language choice through close...
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Ice in Action

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Make your own bite-size glacier! A resource teaches about the formation and melting of ice. Activities include videos, a hands-on activity where your pupils build glaciers, and a photographic analysis to teach individuals the chilling...
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Sea Floor to Summit

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Who knew that mountain formation could be so entertaining? Leanr how mountains form with a resource on Mount Everest. Activities to guide learning include a simulation, project, videos, coloring activities, and worksheets.
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What's the Weather?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
How many jackets do you need to stay warm and climb Mount Everest? An informatie resource covers the topic of Mount Everest, the resource helps young scientists discover the difference between climate and weather. Activities include...
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The RNA Origin of Life

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists believe RNA is the origin of all life on Earth, carrying genetic information long before DNA developed. Viewers comprehend this idea as they learn the functions of RNA, DNA, and proteins. Evolution of RNA, cells, molecules,...
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The RNA Enigma

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Folding a fitted sheet seems impossible, but folding RNA seems like a game. Viewers learn how they can help scientists prevent or cure diseases. It emphasizes the need for human help because computers struggle with these puzzles.
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RNA VirtuaLab Game

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Molecular engineers play with RNA to develop new therapies that could save lives. Young scientists fold RNA into specific shapes using the pairing rules. They apply knowledge about the relative strength of bonds and shape-shifting RNA...
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Human Feet Are Strange

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Feet are neat! So, if you've already walked the path of examining animal footprints with your class, put them in the shoes of early humans! A well-designed lesson incorporates video, discussion, and hands-on learning to demonstrate how...
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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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NOVA Evolution Lab Lesson Plan

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It doesn't matter if you look on land, in the air, underground, or in water—evolution is everywhere. Scholars complete worksheets with multiple question types as they progress through six online missions creating phylogenic trees. 
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NOVA Evolution Lab Game

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many scholars study phylogenetic trees without understanding how they are made. Through an online game, young scientists use the given data to create phylogenetic trees of increasing complexity. They rely on the trees they create to...
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Cannibalism in the Animal Kingdom

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many consider cannibalism to be the last resort before starvation. During an engaging video, scholars gain knowledge of cannibalism in the animal kingdom. It addresses common misconceptions and recently discovered patterns before pupils...
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What Causes Body Odor?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can your diet change the smell of your armpits? Scholars learn the truth behind this and other factors that influence body odor. It covers the biology of what is happening as well as the ways to prevent or cover the offensive odor. To...
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The Science of Skin

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Almost one fifth of your weight is in your skin, but why does it weigh so much? Viewers learn about the integumentary system and the many functions it performs constantly to keep them safe. Then, they answer multiple choice and...
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CSI Wildlife

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can DNA fingerprinting prevent the extinction of elephants? Young scientists learn about DNA fingerprinting before applying their knowledge to case studies of elephant poaching. The first case requires them to match the DNA from a tusk...
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Population Dynamics

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Will human population growth always be exponential, or will we find a limiting factor we can't avoid? Young scientists learn about both exponential and logistic growth models in various animal populations. They use case studies to...
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Gorongosa: Making Observations Activity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Do you have young scientists wanting to make new discoveries rather than just completing the same experiments? Young scientists use their observational skills to identify animals and patterns in animal behavior. Through tracking...
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States and Phases of Matter

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Plasma is the most common phase of matter in our universe. Scholars explore the change of energy as molecules change phases of matter. They rotate through stations, graphing the changes in energy level.
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Maintaining Mass

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Can you disprove the law of conservation of mass? Pupils observe the teacher weigh each part of a reaction. Then, the teacher weighs the result of the reaction and everyone sees that the products do not equal the reactants. Then they...
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Plant Structures Lab Stations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In China, hibiscus is known as the shoe flower because it is used to polish shoes, while in Hawaii, it is honored as the state flower. Young scientists learn about the structure and function of flowers. They dissect hibiscus flowers,...
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The Day the Mesozoic Died

For Students 9th - 12th
Solve the ultimate who dunnit mystery: the death of the dinosaurs. Viewers watch an engaging video that describes how the asteroid impact hypothesis came to fruition and the evidence supporting it. The video also explains how life...
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Trick or Science: Catching the Light

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Your class might be surprised to learn that mirrors have been around since the first century AD! Young scientists explore reflection and refraction of light through a series of challenges. They use this knowledge to design their own...
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Musical Vibes with Palm Pipes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ancient people used musical pipes as early as the third millennium BCE. Young scientists explore the workings of musical pipes to better understand the relationship with frequency, length of pipe, and sound waves. They determine the...
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Levitation Engineers: Exploring Forces

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Levitation tricks have been documented from the early 1900s, so how do they do it? Scholars learn about the force of magnetism in an attractive resource. They watch videos and design experiments to understand the strength and...
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Investigating How Heat Flows

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It is impossible to cool down a glass of water by adding ice. Young scientists explore heat transfer through videos, experiments, and interactive games. They quickly catch on that the water melts the ice and things aren't always as they...
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Bubbles and Colors and Smells...Oh My!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A demonstration of elephant toothpaste hooks pupils' interest as they complete multiple experiments with colors, smells, bubbles, and more. By the end, they understand the differences between physical and chemical changes in the world...
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The Monster Mash

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young scientists create monsters by applying their knowledge of transcription and translation. They randomly find the DNA, assign it a codon, and build monsters piece by piece. 
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The Last Supper: Identifying Macromolecules

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why do medical examiners always state the contents of a person's stomach? Scholars learn about the importance of macromolecules through a case study of stomach contents. They perform multiple tests to determine a conclusion before they...
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"Something Old, Something New..."

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young scientists learn about DNA replication through a video and model creation. They answer analysis questions before exploring the role of mutations and then complete a summative assessment.
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Genetics, Genetics, and More Genetics: Exploring Independent Assortment and Non-Mendelian Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Two individuals share 99.9 percent of their genetic codes, yet diversity is observed everywhere. Young scientists learn about diversity through hands-on activities and an experiment. They apply the concepts of independent assortment and...
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Enzymes in Action

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Enzymes play a role in almost every function in the human body. Scholars explore three variables related to the use of enzymes. They observe a catalase reaction, experiment with substrates, and examine reactions rates. 
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Do You See What I See?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In only nine months, a small group of cells grows into a fully developed baby. Pupils learn about the development of an embryo to a fetus to a baby. They identify each step of weekly development. Young scientists look at ultrasounds to...
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Frenemies, Bros and Killers: A Lesson in Symbiosis

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Animals and plants develop relationships and rely on each other to survive. Pupils learn more about symbiosis through a video, a hands-on matching activity, and a game. They differentiate and describe each type on a written evaluation.
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A Whole New World: The Search for Water

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars find Earth won't support humans much longer and need to identify a planet with water to inhabit. They test four unknown samples and determine which is the closest to water. Then they explain and defend their results.
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Temperature of Inner Planets

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Mars, Earth, and Venus contain atmospheres that generate weather. Young scientists explore the temperature of inner planets. They create a model simulating the greenhouse effect before researching and answering guided questions to...
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Rocks Makin' Rocks: Rock Cycle Simulation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Scholars review prior knowledge before completing a hands-on simulation of the rock cycle. They write stories or songs summarizing their simulations to demonstrate mastery.
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Phases of the Moon

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The moon takes just over 27 days to orbit around Earth. Young scientists position themselves as the earth as they rotate around the sun and hold the moon. This allows them to observe the patterns and phases of the moon.
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Let's Get Moving

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Rivers top the list of causes of erosion over time. Scholars experiment with wind, water, and ice reshaping sand. They connect the simulations facts about erosion and deposition to understand unique landforms such as the Grand Canyon and...
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Layers of the Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
We can't dig a hole through the Earth, so how do we know about the layers beneath our feet? Scholars learn about layering through hands-on exploration of common materials. They study the characteristics of each layer and apply their...
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Layers and Laws: The Law of Superposition and Index Fossils

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What can layers of rock teach us about the climate? Young scientists solve a mystery about who stole a cookie by applying the law of superposition. Then, they apply the same concept to solve a more difficult mystery, trying to determine...
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Journey Through the Spheres of the Earth

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Each of the Earth's spheres interacts with the other spheres in predictable ways. Young scientists explore these interactions through a hands-on activity, graphing, and watching a video. They summarize their knowledge in a video or...
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It's Not All Visible

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Electromagnetic waves travel though empty space, something no other wave type can accomplish. Young scientists learn more about the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves. They sort cards and apply their knowledge to create models of...
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Edible Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Many people think they can't observe plate tectonics, but thanks to GPS, we know that Australia moves at a rate of 2.7 inches per year, North America at 1 inches per year, and the Pacific plate at more than 3 inches per year! Scholars...
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Carbon and Climate

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The carbon cycle is natural and has happened for millions of years, so can humans change it? Young scientists play the role of carbon as they travel through the carbon cycle. They complete two rounds, once before the industrial...
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Atmospheric Layers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Space diving refers to the act of jumping from outer space and falling through Earth's atmosphere before parachuting to land. Scholars learn about this extreme activity and study the layers of the atmosphere they must conquer in the...
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How Does Your Garden Grow?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Seventy thousand different types of soil exist in the United States alone. Young scientists learn about the importance of soil to the food supply. They test soil for a variety of factors and determine the best place to set up a community...
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Grandma's Learning to Text

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Evolution happens over generations, so how do we observe it? Scholars learn to look for patterns and create cladograms. Then they apply those lessons to the evolution of technology over many generations.
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From the Dark, Damp Places

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Mosses and liverworts do not have any vascular tissue, unlike other plants. Young scientists learn more about these rootless plants through hands-on dissection and research on their life cycles as they get their hands dirty for a fun...
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Fragrant Pheromones

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young scientists learn the importance of experimental design and the key elements of an experiment. Through observing videos and designing their own experiments, scholars apply each lesson they learn.
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Energy Crisis

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Vermont produces less than 35 percent of the electricity it consumes. Young scientists research alternative energy sources to find the best options for one Vermont town. They present and critique each option before voting on the best idea.
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Beyond the Slinky

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Scholars observe the effects of microwaves before starting a series of eight hands-on investigations. Then they sort waves by wavelengths and learn what connects microwaves to visible light to water waves and more to finish the lesson.
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Back To The Future

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Satellite photographs prove the dramatic changes to the environment over long periods of time. Young scientists observe photographs and make hypotheses. They then check real data of weather and climate patterns to better understand the...
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As Cold As Ice

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Do scientists really change their minds when presented with new evidence? Young scientists learn about two competing theories they need to decide between. They perform a simulation and have access to actual field data. Then, scholars...
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All Work and No Play

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Car crashes provide a good method for studying kinetic energy transfer. Scholars explore energy through hands-on simulated crashes. They work together to design their own experiments and apply the knowledge gained to a situation that...
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Aliens: We Come in Peace

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars practice opening their minds to observations and make reasonable claims during an out-of-this-world instructional activity. After group discussions, pupils perform an experiment, relying on their observational skills, and...
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Dirty Decomposers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Do not let the class just sit and rot. Pupils learn how decomposition and nutrient recycling is important to an ecosystem. Groups design an experiment to determine how environmental conditions affect decomposition. They develop a poster...
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Expanding the Universe

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
When Einstein first heard the theory of the expanding universe, he dismissed it as bad physics. Now scholars learn about the theory and how scientists prove it has merit. Through a hands-on simulation and videos, class members measure...
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Deforestation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young scientists observe deforestation from satellite photos and discuss the importance of forests to the global environment. They then simulate a plot of forest when farmers move into the area over the course of seven years. Finally,...
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An Investigative Look at Florida's Sinkholes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
In May of 1981, the Winter Park Sinkhole in Florida first appeared and is now referred to as Lake Rose. Scholars learn about the causes of sinkholes through an inquiry project. Then, they analyze recent data and draw conclusions to...
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How EGG-ceptional Are We?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Are women's eggs similar to chicken eggs? Scholars compare eggs from a variety of species to better understand embryonic development. Connections to evolution through hands-on activities help to cement the new vocabulary introduced.
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Happy, Sad, Sleepy, Mad

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn not to overreact as they classify chemical reactions. Starting with learning the basics of classification and moving onto applying all of the correct scientific vocabulary, young scientists master chemical reactions. Six...
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Drought and the Dust Bowl

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
What caused the dust bowl, and should we worry about it happening again? Scholars look at various data to come up with their hypotheses. Then, they experiment to find some of the factors that contributed. Finally, the video has them look...
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Cystic Fibrosis: A DNA Case Study

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Around six percent of babies are born with serious genetic disorders. Young scientists learn more about what causes these disorders and the effect they have. They begin with a case study of cystic fibrosis before expanding to research...
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A Trait Accompli: An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Young scientists learn the laws of genetics through data collection and research. They use discussions and online resources to develop an understanding of the related vocabulary.