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Garden Science: Papas Fritas

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In this 6th grade science lesson, students learn about the prevalence of potatoes while also preparing, roasting, and eating garden potatoes from the wood-burning oven.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kyle Cornforth

Magnet Circus

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Explore the properties of magnets by designing a device that can move as far as possible using only magnets to move it, and then design a machine that will stay in motion for the greatest period of time.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Circle of Pong

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Students use their knowledge of potential and kinetic energy, and explore forces and motion to place a ball into the center of a 6-foot diameter circle.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

6.2 Thermal Energy

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Unit Summary This unit on thermal energy transfer begins with students testing whether a new plastic cup sold by a store keeps a drink colder for longer compared to the regular plastic cup that comes free with the drink. Students find that the drink in the regular cup warms up more than the drink in the special cup. This prompts students to identify features of the cups that are different, such as the lid, walls, and hole for the straw, that might explain why one drink warms up more than the other.  Students investigate the different cup features they conjecture are important to explaining the phenomenon, starting with the lid. They model how matter can enter or exit the cup via evaporation However, they find that in a completely closed system, the liquid inside the cup still changes temperature. This motivates the need to trace the transfer of energy into the drink as it warms up. Through a series of lab investigations and simulations, students find that there are two ways to transfer energy into the drink: (1) the absorption of light and (2) thermal energy from the warmer air around the drink. They are then challenged to design their own drink container that can perform as well as the store-bought container, following a set of design criteria and constraints. This unit builds toward the following NGSS Performance Expectations (PEs) as described in the OpenSciEd Scope & Sequence: MS-PS1-4*, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5, MS-PS4-2*, MS-ETS1-4. The OpenSciEd units are designed for hands-on learning and therefore materials are necessary to teach the unit. These materials can be purchased as science kits or assembled using the kit material list.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Module

8.2 Sound Waves

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Unit Summary In this unit, students develop ideas related to how sounds are produced, how they travel through media, and how they affect objects at a distance. Their investigations are motivated by trying to account for a perplexing anchoring phenomenon — a truck is playing loud music in a parking lot and the windows of a building across the parking lot visibly shake in response to the music. They make observations of sound sources to revisit the K–5 idea that objects vibrate when they make sounds. They figure out that patterns of differences in those vibrations are tied to differences in characteristics of the sounds being made. They gather data on how objects vibrate when making different sounds to characterize how a vibrating object’s motion is tied to the loudness and pitch of the sounds they make. Students also conduct experiments to support the idea that sound needs matter to travel through, and they will use models and simulations to explain how sound travels through matter at the particle level. This unit builds toward the following NGSS Performance Expectations (PEs) as described in the OpenSciEd Scope & Sequence: MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2. The OpenSciEd units are designed for hands-on learning and therefore materials are necessary to teach the unit. These materials can be purchased as science kits or assembled using the kit material list.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Module

Backyard Bug Bonanza

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Step outside and discover the diversity of insect life in your neighborhood. Insects are the world’s most diverse group of living things, with over 950,000 identified species and counting. You might think that you’d need to travel to the Amazon to study insects, but they can be found practically everywhere—including right where you happen to be.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Garden Humanities: Apple Cider

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In this 6th grade seasonal lesson, students use teamwork to collectively press cider and learn about apples.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kyle Cornforth

Garden Science: Compost Lab

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In this 6th grade Science class, students learn how to build a compost pile, learn about organisms needed for decomposition, and begin to understand the purpose of compost in the garden.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kyle Cornforth

Garden Science: Food System

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In this 7th grade science lesson, students are introduced to the food system and play an interactive game called The Wind Blows.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kyle Cornforth

Garden Science: Garden Orientation - The Card Hike

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In this 6th grade science lesson, students are introduced to the garden as a classroom. They meet the garden staff, tour the garden, learn the basic systems and routines of the garden classroom and are introduced to the Edible Schoolyard life skills and values.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kyle Cornforth

6th Grade Cybersafety Lessons

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I made 5 lessons about cybersafety and cyberbullying that I used for my Girl Scout Gold Award project. These lessons incorporate a wide range of activities such as discussions, interactive games, poster making, and watching videos. I have also included scenarios about cyberbullying which should prompt some discussions about the topic. Each lesson takes about 30-45 minutes to teach and starts with an essential question which is what the students should be able to answer at the end of the lesson. I made these lessons because the world is becoming more and more technology-based and with that more and more kids are getting on the internet at a younger age.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson, Simulation, Unit of Study

Author: Abby Burden

Writing in the Googleverse

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Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Douglas Lowthian

Introduction to Google Slides

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Students learn how to use Google Slides to make a simple presentation about a career they have researched on www.mynextmove.org. Lesson designed for use in a one-room schoolhouse ABE/GED program, where volunteer tutors and instructors work with students one-to-one.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Author: Elizabeth Bennett

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Lesson to introduce Drive and Google Docs to advanced level adult ESL students. Students create their own bio using a template. They will center and left justify, explore different fonts, sizes and colors, use bold and italicize, and insert an image to produce a bio with one-paragraph text.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Sue Ann Rawlins

Get a “SMART” Start - Tools to Help Students Succeed Online

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Research shows that maintaining high retention rates in distance learning education is a challenge. There are various tools and resources available web-based tools that can help identify at-risk students and measure and boost opportunities for growth and success. Students can take advantage of these resources to prepare ahead of time to ensure a "SMART" start and successful completion of their online course work. First we will review SmarterMeasure to identify attributes, skills and knowledge and assess competencies necessary for successful distance learning and help identify potential resources to help maximize efficiency in potentially deficient areas. Then we will review SMARThinking that helps educational institutions offer students outstanding academic support through a network of professionally certified educators focused on increasing student achievement and enhance learning.

Material Type: Case Study, Diagram/Illustration, Reading

Author: Heather Cura

Creating Online Learning Experiences

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This book provides an updated look at issues that comprise the online learning experience creation process. As online learning evolves, the lines and distinctions between various classifications of courses has blurred and often vanished. Classic elements of instructional design remain relevant at the same time that newer concepts of learning experience are growing in importance. However, problematic issues new and old still have to be addressed. This handbook explores many of these topics for new and experienced designers alike, whether creating traditional online courses, open learning experiences, or anything in between.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Matt Crosslin