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Energy Forms and Changes

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This simulation lets learners explore how heating and cooling adds or removes energy. Use a slider to heat blocks of iron or brick to see the energy flow. Next, build your own system to convert mechanical, light, or chemical energy into electrical or thermal energy. (Learners can choose sunlight, steam, flowing water, or mechanical energy to power their systems.) The simulation allows students to visualize energy transformation and describe how energy flows in various systems. Through examples from everyday life, it also bolsters understanding of conservation of energy. This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

Material Type: Simulation

Authors: Ariel Paul, Emily Moore, John Blanco, Kathy Perkins, Noah Podolefsky, Trish Loeblein

3RC (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost)

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In this lesson, students expand their understanding of solid waste management to include the idea of 3RC (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost). They will look at the effects of packaging decisions (reducing) and learn about engineering advancements in packaging materials and solid waste management. Also, they will observe biodegradation in a model landfill (composting).

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Amy Kolenbrander, Janet Yowell, Jessica Todd, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

Baby Dinosaurs

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Two young scientists crazy about dinos have a first hand opportunity to find fossils at Egg Mountain in Montana and investigate dino bones at a Museum of the Rockies! With the help of fellow scientists, they were able to determine the age of one dino when it died.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Dragonfly TV

Science Lesson Plans, Activities and Experiments

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Go to our Lesson Plans indexWe have lesson plans for art, health, math, reading, social studies, technology, writing and more. Science Lesson Plans, Activities and ExperimentsPique interest and help your students enjoy learning about the "how" and "why". Science Lesson Plans and ActivitiesDon't forget to check out the Thematic Units Page. Guinness World Records Superlative Science (Grades 2-5)Many Activities Using the Guinness World Records Teacher GuideScience ExperimentsFind a bunch of exciting and easy science experiments that can be done with simple household products. EMAIL us your favorite science lesson plan.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Plants and Animals, Partners in Pollination

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This site helps students see how plants and animals interact to accomplish pollination. Students (Grades 3-8) identify plant and animal parts involved in pollination, connections between pollination and food production, relationships between pollinators and the plants they pollinate, and ways flowers have adapted to encourage pollination.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Map Your World

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Map Your World is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about plans by mapping their rooms. The activity begins with a brief explanation of the variety of maps we use, explaining how archaeologists use plans. Kids are then given step-by-step directions for creating a plan that shows their room and its contents. Directions for two additional activities are included, Map a Bigger World and Map Your Room to Scale.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

50 Nifty United States Published

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We live on the continent of North America in the country of the United States. There are 50 states in this great country and as citizens of the United States we should know what those states are. In this seminar you will learn the names and locations of all 50 states. Wow your friends and family with your geographical knowledge!  Standards7.1.4.B Describe and locate places and regions as defined by physical and human features.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Deanna Mayers, Bonnie Waltz, Tracy Rains