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Electromagnets (lesson four of eight) Physical Science, Science Skills Introduce the scientific method, control and variable. Reiterate that electricity can be used to create magnetic energy and discuss the different... Jul 2007
Understanding Air Pressure (a lesson series) Earth Science, FOSS-Related, Physical Science The activitites establish the concepts of atmospheric pressure, differences in pressure, how changing volume affects pressure, and a molecular model... Jul 2007
Making a battery Engineering, Physical Science, Science Skills This is an inquiry-based activity in which students are given materials to make a battery. Students work in pairs and results are shared with the... Jul 2007
Energy Conversion in Electricity – Resistors and Circuits (lesson three of eight) Engineering, Physical Science, Science Skills Students are introduced to the concept of a resistor and reminded about electrical energy from the previous lesson. They are then challenged to... Aug 2007
Conversion of energy into different forms (lesson two of eight) Physical Science Students investigate flash paper, rubber bands, a mechanical crank, and a radiometer to determine the energy conversion occurring in each. Aug 2007
Investigating the types of energy in different objects (lesson one of eight) Physical Science Class discussion on what energy is and different examples of energy. Instructors write words associated with each type of energy. Students pick an... Aug 2007
Introducing the Process of Investigative Science Using Worms Biology/Life Science Students are introduced to the process of investigative science through a guided inquiry activity. Given a testable question and materials... Aug 2007
Measuring Calories in Food Biology/Life Science, Physical Science The lesson introduces the concept of calories and provides examples of high calorie and low calorie foods. Students learn a number of ways to... Sep 2007
Ocean Pollution & its effect on aquatic animals Biology/Life Science Students brainstorm different sources of pollution.  Then, students make their own miniature ocean inside a water bottle, and pollute it with... Sep 2007
What is matter? Chemistry, Physical Science This activity is based on a lesson from the Living by Chemistry curriculum developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science (see citation). During this... Sep 2007
Testing for Lipids, Proteins and Carbohydrates Biology/Life Science, Chemistry Students will test a variety of food samples for the presence of lipids, proteins, simple and complex carbohydrates. Oct 2007
Skulls- Herbivores, Omnivores, and Carnivores Biology/Life Science Students familiarize themselves with different types of animal skulls and teeth.  From observation they learn to tell which skulls are those of... Oct 2007
Detecting Photosynthesis- Analyzing Other Scientists' Data Biology/Life Science Students will analyze the results of another scientist's experiment by examining leaves that have been exposed to different treatments, and draw... Nov 2007
Mystery Box Science Skills This lesson is designed to help students better understand the nature of science. It uses a Mystery Box (see attached photos) which has a funnel at... Dec 2007
Love in the Time of Cholera - Osmosis in action Biology/Life Science Students will first learn about the cause of cholera, and propose treatment options to save a hypothetical patient. They will then learn about... Jun 2008
What is a Living Thing, and How Does a Living Thing Respond to Its Environment? - Unit Overview Biology/Life Science, FOSS-Related "What is a Living Thing and How Does a Living Thing Respond to Its Environment?" is a unit designed to be taught prior to teaching the... Jun 2008
What Do Living Things Have In Common? Biology/Life Science, FOSS-Related Students work in teams to discuss the question "What do all living things have in common?" They record their ideas and share their background... Jun 2008
Living or Non-living? Biology/Life Science, FOSS-Related Students will investigate different objects and discuss whether they are alive or not alive. Students are challenged to provide evidence for their... Jun 2008
Introducing Cells Biology/Life Science Students learn that all living things are made of cells. They use a microscope to look for evidence of plant cells(from onion) and animal... Jun 2008
Introducing the Process of Investigative Science Using Crayfish Biology/Life Science, FOSS-Related Students will be introduced to the process of doing investigative science and will become familiar with vocabulary used in the process of... Jun 2008