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Making an electromagnet Physical Science Students discover that, when electric current flows through an insulated wire wound around a steel core, the steel core becomes a magnet. They learn... Jan 2007
Wetland Ecosystems, Non-living and living components and Brine Shrimp Biology/Life Science, Earth Science Students work in whole class and small group settings to discuss, observe and learn about a wetland ecosystem (salt ponds) and some of the organisms... Jan 2007
Comparison of Normal vs Mutant Zebrafish Embryos Biology/Life Science Objective: Apply observation, description skills and teaching to your peers what you learned. Feb 2007
What is Life? Biology/Life Science Students will investigate different objects and discuss whether they are alive or not alive. Students are challenged to provide evidence for their... Feb 2007
Slinky Lab- Simulating the Motion of Earthquake Waves. Earth Science, Physical Science Students use a slinky to model earthquake waves. Learn the speed, direction and behavior of different waves which tell scientists about earthquakes. Mar 2007
Oh Deer! and English Language Learner Writing Extensions Biology/Life Science, Science Skills Teacher(s) will describe an ecosystem scenario and ask students to ponder why the population of deer in a particular area fluctates from year to year... Mar 2007
DNA structure and replication Biology/Life Science Students assemble a DNA molecule, using magnetic pieces representing sugar, phosphate and the nitrogenous bases on magnetic whiteboards. Students... Apr 2007
Strawberry DNA extraction Biology/Life Science, Science Skills Students will extract DNA from strawberries. May 2007
Extract your own DNA from cheek cells Biology/Life Science Students will extract DNA from their own cheek cells. May 2007
How does an infectious disease spread? HIV simulation Biology/Life Science Students will simulate the exchange of bodyfluids and then test whether they got infected with a disease. This activity will show how one person who... May 2007
Alternative Energy Part I (lesson seven of eight) Engineering, Physical Science, Science Skills Students design a car that could be powered without gasoline. A class discussion ensues on different energies you could use to power a car. The... May 2007
Alternative Energy Part II (lesson eight of eight) Engineering, Physical Science, Science Skills Student take their cars outside to a "time track" and a "distance track". They measure how fast their car goes 10 feet on the "time track" and how... May 2007
Investigating the Relationship of Mass to Volume FOSS-Related, Physical Science Students practice the process of doing investigative science through team investigations. They investigate two materials that weigh the... Jun 2007
Observing Properties of Matter FOSS-Related, Physical Science Students will observe two materials and compare their properties. They will use this information in a later lesson to help them predict whether... Jun 2007
Heating Earth FOSS-Related, Physical Science, Science Skills Students develop an experimental plan to investigate the question how solar energy heats different earth materials (water and land). A container half... Jun 2007
What is an atom? FOSS-Related, Physical Science The students will repeatedly cut a piece of aluminum foil into smaller and smaller pieces to model the process of how you can break a substance down... Jun 2007
Introducing Models to Elementary School Students Biology/Life Science, Science Skills Students learn what a model is by comparing a model of the tongue to their own tongue. They practice asking themselves, "How is this model like the... Jun 2007
The energy of life in zebrafish (lesson six of eight) Biology/Life Science We introduce the concept that life needs energy to grow. We explain a little about microscopy and then the students observe different stages of... Jul 2007
Understanding Germs (Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi) Biology/Life Science This lesson focuses on understanding "germs" (specifically bacteria, viruses, and fungi), how they cause illness, how they can help us, and some... Jul 2007
States of Matter (lesson five of eight) Chemistry, Physical Science Students investigate the difference between ice and dry ice, and review the concept of control and variable. The scientists demonstrate condensation... Jul 2007