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Build a Big Wheel

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
As Albert Einstein once said, "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work." When it comes to creating something new, it takes perseverance and the right attitude. Engineers face a variety of challenges and several...
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Ecological Cycles Part 1

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Knowing about the hydrologic cycle is the first step to understanding the carbon cycle. Upper graders discuss the earth's water content, polar ice caps, and the concept of the ecological cycle as it applies to carbon, nitrogen, and other...
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Water is Life

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Krill is a very small ocean animal that is key to keeping the ocean ecosystem going. The class reviews food webs and chains, learns about the importance of krill, discusses krill anatomy, builds a model of a krill, and then has a...
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Lemon Power!

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Get out those lemons, it's time to turn chemical energy into electrical energy! Kids make lemon cells that stack up on one another to change lemons and other conductive materials into a source of energy, strong enough to light up some...
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Sort it Out!

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Engineering feats occur around us all the time, often without us noticing; one example is a coin-sorting machine. In a straightforward, yet challenging activity, young engineers work together to design their own coin sorter. Beginning...
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The Impact of Climate Change on Prairie Potholes Activity 2: Graphing/Data Analysis

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Prairie potholes are dips in the earth that contain water, which is vital to the survival of many prairie inhabitants, including the Mallard Duck. Middle schoolers analyze data on the disappearance of these potholes in relation to the...
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Watershed Activity

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Does your class know that all water that falls from a watershed ends up in the same large waterway? If they don't, they will after they complete this activity. They make a clay model of a landscape that looks similar to a topographical...
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Volcanic Eruption: Cause and Effect

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Volcanoes are one of Earth's most destructive forces, but they also have positive effects. Young vulcanologists create an active model of a volcano, perform an experiment, read articles about the effects of eruptions, and complete a...
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Videolicious

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
Select video clips and photos, provide narration, add music, apply a filter, and ta-da! It's as easy as that to create a project. Pupils will love making videos of themselves or others while they demonstrate their understanding of a...
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Chair Lift Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
What needs to be considered when designing an effective and safe chair lift? In an engaging and challenging inquiry experiment, young engineers work with teams to design and build a chair lift capable of carrying a tennis ball, a...
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Carbon Cycle Role Play

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Anytime you make concepts clear with role playing or hands-on experience, it's a win for the whole class. Ping-Pong balls are used to represent carbon in a carbon cycle role-play activity. In small groups, children first discuss what...
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Philosophy in Ancient Athens

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Here you'll find all the images and primary information points you'll need to construct your own PowerPoint presentation on the three most famous philosophers of Ancient Greece: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
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The Hundred Years’ War

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
An English claim to the throne, the split of French nobles, and disasters galore...give your young historians a complete overview of the Hundred Years' War with this presentation. 
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Mayan Advancements

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Farming, mathematics, languages, architecture...discover an incredible array of accomplishments and advancements attributed to the Mayan people.
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The Crusades

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
From the objectives of Pope Urban II to lasting consequences, offer your young historians a broad overview of the crusades in the Middle Age with this PowerPoint presentation. It includes brief facts and images to explain the series of...
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Production: Filming

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
After viewing and analyzing documentaries and working in groups to storyboard and prepare, your class should now be ready for the production stage of the documentary process. The eighth lesson in the series, this plan provides...
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Symbiosis: Help, Hinder or Destroy

For Teachers 6th Standards
Use background information and vocabulary to familiarize your students with the concept of symbiosis and the role agriculture plays in the shared relationship. They then write the vocabulary in their lab books or journals, and read the...
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Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Peers discuss cyberbullying and how they can defend their friends that may be bullied online and offline. They discover the value in showing empathy for those who have been cyberbullied. Class members then generate multiple solutions for...
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Identifying High-Quality Sites

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use a Huffington Post article focused on false pictures of Hurricane Sandy to launch a discussion about the reliability of online information. Groups compare and contrast how print and broadcast media regulate data gathering with the...
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Sticky Sites

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
In this internet lesson, students look at sites that are attractive to them and discuss why like to be on these "sticky sites." Students analyze sample sites and find the “Three C’s” that contribute to their stickiness: content,...
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Rework, Reuse, Remix

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Students discover how to judge whether something is protected by the "Fair Use" law by using the Four Points of Fair Use handout embedded in the plan. In this interesting and engaging lesson plan, students apply the four points of fair...
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Sell It with Propaganda

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Augment a unit on propaganda by prompting class members to create propaganda. Using Frames software, groups demonstrate their understanding of propaganda techniques by designing a new product, creating a commercial to sell their product,...
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Digital Life 101

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Play the video "Digital Life 101" to launch a discusion of the responsible use of social media and online relationships. Related activities ask learners to craft a personal simile describing their media life, and handouts provide a media...
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My Media

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
"What are your personal media habits, and how much time do you spend with different forms of media?" are the guiding questions for an examination of middle schoolers' media use. Learners use the provided worksheets to create a personal...