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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

Force Diagram v.1.01.xlsm

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Force Diagram is an Excel-based program that is designed to help students learn how to construct force diagrams (free-body diagrams). It consists of ten conceptual exercises in which students are asked a series of open-ended but leading questions to help them identify if a force acts on the system specified in the exercise The student will also have to identify the type of force present and its agent and pick an arbitrary length of vector to represent the force and correctly identify the direction of the force. Additionally students will have to determine if each system is accelerating or not and if it is, the force diagram must be consistent with the direction of that acceleration, meaning that the student might have to adjust the lengths of one or more vectors. This portion of the program is reminiscent of FREEBODY by Physics Academic Software which is now defunct and is no longer compatible with current technology. In addition, there are 79 quantitative drill-and-practice problems designed for independent mastery covering the Free Particle Model (equilibrium), Constant Force Particle Model (non-equilibrium), and Central Force Particle Model (uniform circular motion & universal gravitation). These mastery problems generate new numbers each time the student attempts the problem and also provides the answers.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Mark Lenfestey

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