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Move It! Roll or Slide

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Children will explore ramps by making their own ramps and testing various objects to see whether an object rolls or slides. They will explore their ideas, observing how ramps help things move while using STEM inquiry practices: they will raise questions; explore materials; engage in simple investigations; observe, describe and compare; share and discuss ideas; and represent their ideas.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Move It! Rolling Balls

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Children will explore how balls move by experimenting with balls of different sizes, weights and textures. They will also explore Force and Motion concepts while using STEM inquiry practices: they will raise questions; explore materials; engage in simple investigations; observe, describe and compare; share and discuss ideas; and represent their ideas with drawings and/or models.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson

Bottled Model Lungs

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In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students will learn about the respiratory system by comparing and contrasting models, building their own models, and giving one another feedback.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Dream It, Build It, Launch It!

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This Super Lesson utilizes Project Based Learning to assist learners with designing, building, and testing flying contraptions as an introduction to Engineering. The goal of this project is to engage students in collaborative team work and to introduce students to the Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, and Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions. We have offered this Super Lesson as an 8-week elective course, developing and strengthening student interest in applied Math and Science topics. It could also be offered within upper elementary or middle school Science and Math courses. In addition, each week’s topic could be used as a stand alone mini-lesson if time is limited. We have worked to include multiple options within this unit to make it accessible to both general education and special education programs, including recommendations for modifications and extensions.

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

‘Hunger Games’ Science: Investigating Genetically Engineered Organisms

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What lessons can we learn about genetically engineered organisms from the example of the jabberjay, a fictional bird in the movie “The Hunger Games”? In this lesson, students discuss the definition of genetically modified organisms, learn about the risks and benefits of research on G.M.O.’s, explore the growing do-it-yourself biology movement, and develop proposals seeking to either restrict or permit research into genetically modifying the avian flu virus.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Case Study, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lesson Plan, Reading, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: David Goodrich

Earthquake 8.2

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An engineering and design lesson for middle school (our 7th grade standards). In the aftermath of a natural disaster, can you engineer a device that will keep medicine within a 40-60°F range using natural resources from the biome you live in, and/or debris created by the disaster for three days, until the Red Cross can arrive? You are a team of relief workers in __________________after a major earthquake/tsunami has occurred. Your team lead as just told you about a young women with diabetes has been injured and needs insulin to be delivered __________ miles away (no open roads). Your team will need to research, design, and build a portable device to keep the insulin between _____ and ______ °(F/C) for _____ days. Once you return you will present the effectiveness of your device to your lead and a team other relief workers showing your both your design/device and explaining the process.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Bobbi Dano, Jen Bultler

5-ESS1-1 Proficiency Scale

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This is a task neutral proficiency scale for 5-ESS1-1. Resources used to make this: NGSS.NSTA.org, Appendix E from the NextGenScience site and the actual performance expectations. This scale was created through collaboration with five elementary teachers.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Maggie Bly