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The Big Mo
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Momentum is not only a physical principle; it is a psychological phenomenon. Students learn how the "Big Mo" of the bandwagon effect contributes to the development of fads and manias, and how modern technology and mass media accelerate and intensify the effect. Students develop media literacy and critical thinking skills to analyze trends and determine the extent to which their decisions may be influenced by those who manipulate a few opinion leaders. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.

Subject:
Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/26/2008
How Can Science Help Build a Better Ice Pack? An Integrated 3D Storyline Unit for Middle School Science using Instant Ice Packs
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In this unit designed for an integrated middle school science classroom, students investigate why athletes ice injuries. This leads students to wonder why actual bags of ice are used instead of the instant ice packs found in first aid kits. Students then investigate the chemical reaction occurring within an instant ice pack and work to develop a better design.

Anchoring Phenomenon: First aid care for musculoskeletal injuries using bags of ice instead of instant ice packs containing an endothermic chemical reaction.

NGSS PEs Addressed: MS-PS1-1; MS-PS1-2; MS-PS1-5; MS-PS1-6; MS-PS3-3; MS-LS1-8; MS-ETS1-1

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Engineering
Life Science
Physical Science
Chemistry
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Reading
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Author:
Arlene Friend
Kathryn Fleegal
NextGenerationTeachers
Stephanie Bank
Date Added:
04/15/2019
NGSS Toolkit
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This Wakelet is a collection of links to free online resources that address all areas of teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The resources are grouped together in smaller, topic-based collections. A range of resources are provided for K-12, and additional links will be continually added to the collection. 

Subject:
Environmental Studies
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Life Science
Biology
Physical Science
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geology
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Game
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson
Reading
Simulation
Unit of Study
Author:
Kimberley Astle
Date Added:
02/04/2021
NGSS in Action: Engineering in your Community (Workshop 3 of 4)
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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* call for students to use the practices, concepts and content of science and engineering to understand phenomena and solve problems that are relevant to their lives. Starting from a student’s own experiences and community makes the science meaningful and increases engagement while helping students understand how global issues like climate change are present and addressable in their lives. In this series we examine how you can use the new science standards and your community to understand and address real world environmental problems and explore together how to integrate NGSS into your district’s classroom science units.How does engineering relate to solving problems in your community? Learn how IslandWood is using the engineering design process to help students investigate local stormwater problems, seek stakeholder input, and develop solutions. Explore what is involved in putting student ideas into action including possible real-world constraints, practical small-scale solutions potential partners, and mini-grant options. We’ll work together to figure out a plan for the topics and students you teach.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
NGSS in Action: Science in the Schoolyard (Workshop 1 of 4)
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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* call for students to use the practices, concepts and content of science and engineering to understand phenomena and solve problems that are relevant to their lives. Starting from a student’s own experiences and community makes the science meaningful and increases engagement while helping students understand how global issues like climate change are present and addressable in their lives. In this series (NGSS in Action: Science and Engineering in your Schoolyard) we examine how you can use the new science standards and your community to understand and address real world environmental problems and explore together how to integrate NGSS into your district’s classroom science units.Workshop 1: Science in Action Description: "Venture outside the walls of the classroom to find local environmental phenomena that can anchor your classroom science unit. Explore with us the big picture of Next Generation Science Standards’ “three dimensional” science learning and then get hands on with the Science and Engineering Practices as you use them to build an understanding of an example phenomenon in our 'schoolyard.' You’ll leave this workshop with ideas and examples you can use in your own classroom science curriculum."

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
OSPI K-5 Science: Essential Question Units and Resources
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To support K-5 teachers during this challenging time in education, we have bundled the NGSS standards for each grade into a few topic units with an anchoring phenomenon and guiding questions along with a variety of instructional resources for every grade-level standard. Knowing teachers are remote, face-to-face and hybrid, you will find both print and digital resources to choose from in the form of videos, interactives, lesson sketches, full lesson plans, and full units.  All listed resources are free online.  Please email kimberley.astle@k12.wa.us at OSPI with feedback and questions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Textbook
Unit of Study
Author:
Kimberley Astle
Date Added:
11/20/2020
Phenomenal Investigations Activity
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An adaptable exploratory and reflective activity that works with all ages and uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*), Asking Question and Defining Problems Practice and one of several possible Crosscutting Concepts to explore students’ awareness, prior knowledge and cultural experiences related to a phenomenon or Disciplinary Core Idea .

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019