Discovering DNA: The Recipe for Life
A pinch of adenine, a dash of thymine and ta-da, you have life! Well, it's not quite that simple, but through this series of activities and experiments young scientists learn about the structure of DNA and how it contains the recipe for...
4th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Get the Picture - Severe Weather Graphs and Other Visual Representations
Whereas the lesson is an analysis of weather-related data, it can be used in any science class to teach how to review data, graphs, and visual models for pertinent information, and how sometimes these representations help to clarify...
5th - 9th Science
Using Radiosonde Data From a Weather Balloon Launch
Students interpret radiosonde data from a weather balloon launch to distinguish the characteristics of the lower atmosphere. After a brief discussion of the various layers of the atmosphere, students analyze the way pressure and...
7th - 12th Science
Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones
Using NASA's Live Access Server, earth scientists compare the temperature, precipitation, and normalized difference vegetation index for four different locations. They use the data to identify the climate zone of each location using...
6th - 12th Science
Interpreting Data, Facts and Ideas from Informational Texts - A Different King of Fuel
Why do we need renewable energy resources? Discuss the energy crisis with your middle and high school classes through interpreting informational texts. An engaging video and a worksheet accompany this plan.
8th - 10th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 2: Fight the Flu: Mapping
What is a map and what does it have to do with the flu? Traditional ideas are put to the test to expand kids' understanding of what constitutes a map as they split into groups and research 10 different concepts of mapping. In the second...
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable