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Animal Anti-Freeze
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In this outdoor winter activity, learners search for and create hibernation sites ...

In this outdoor winter activity, learners search for and create hibernation sites that will protect gelatin "animals" from freezing. Learners come to understand that hibernating animals need to take care in selecting a sleeping spot that will provide protection from the winter cold.

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Life Science
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Cool It
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In this outdoor activity/game, learners use thermometers to simulate how lizards survive ...

In this outdoor activity/game, learners use thermometers to simulate how lizards survive in habitats with extreme temperatures. Learners are challenged to keep their thermometer-lizard "alive" by keeping its temperature within a five-degree safe range. While regulating their pretend lizards' temperatures, learners must move the lizards through a course of sun and shade, trying to reach the finish first. Through the game and followup discussion, learners come to understand different ways that exotherms, or "cold-blooded" animals, regulate their body temperatures and how they differ from endotherms, or "warm-blooded" animals, such as humans. Activity must be done on a warm, sunny day in a site with areas of deep shade, bright sun, and broken or partial shade.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Fever!
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This video describes the role of the brain in regulating body temperature ...

This video describes the role of the brain in regulating body temperature and how sometimes fever is employed to fight off infection. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Find the Best Way to Clean Oil off Bird Feathers
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In this experiment, learners examine the way oil affects bird feathers and ...

In this experiment, learners examine the way oil affects bird feathers and test different cleanup methods to find out which works best. Learners answer questions throughout the investigation, reflecting on how birds are affected by oil spills and the best way to rescue birds after a spill.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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NOAA
NOAA's National Ocean Service
Human Body Regulation
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This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners ...

This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can use it to learn how the body self-regulates. This lesson plan teaches students how the human body self-regulates to maintain a stable internal environment despite changes in the external environment -- a process called homeostasis. Most of the activities detailed in this lesson plan can be done with visually impaired students if teachers adapt them using Resources for Teaching and Adapting Lessons for Students with Visual Impairments.

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Perkins School for the Blind
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Accessible Science
Living Clocks
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In this activity about daily rhythms (on page 17 of the PDF), ...

In this activity about daily rhythms (on page 17 of the PDF), learners will explore circadian patterns in humans, animals and plants. They will observe that some behaviors and functions of living organisms vary predictably every 24 hours and many regular functions are governed by internal "clocks," which run independently but are cued or reset by the environment. Groups of learners can conduct one of four (or more) body clock investigations: body temperature, animal behavior, bean leaf, and alertness/heart rate. Materials required for each group will vary, depending on the investigation(s) being conducted. This lesson guide includes background information, setup and management tips, extensions and a handout.

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Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
National Space Biomedical Research Institute
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Greg L. Vogt
Nancy P. Moreno
Metric Capers
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In this outdoor activity, learners measure familiar objects in nature to practice ...

In this outdoor activity, learners measure familiar objects in nature to practice working with the metric system. The goal is for learners to develop their "metric senses" by measuring and estimating in metric units the mass, length, temperature, and volume of familiar objects. Can be adapted into an indoor activity on a rainy day.

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Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
U.C. Berkeley
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Lawrence Hall of Science
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Neuroscience for Kids: Biological Rhythms
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These experiments for grades 3-12 focus on biological rhythms.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Neuroscience for Kids
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Eric H. Chudler
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Personal Fan
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Cool off in the heat with this project! Learners use simple materials ...

Cool off in the heat with this project! Learners use simple materials to build a fan that runs on a motor. This activity introduces learners to circuits and switches as well as conduction and evaporation.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Oakland Discovery Centers
Taking Temperatures
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In this lesson, learners investigate endothermy and ectothermy. Four sets of images ...

In this lesson, learners investigate endothermy and ectothermy. Four sets of images measuring infrared radiation are provided and, using a Web-based, customized version of ImageJ, students compare body temperatures of a snake and rat before and after exposure under a heat lamp.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
Simulations
Unit of Study
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Temperature Time Warp
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In this activity, learners explore the behavior of cold-blooded animals. Learners discover ...

In this activity, learners explore the behavior of cold-blooded animals. Learners discover what happens when they change a fly's temperature. Young learners would enjoy this activity, but would probably need help in catching a fly.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bill Nye
Bill Nye and Nye Labs, LLC