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Folding Matters

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is...
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Classroom Paper Recycling

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
After reading about the history and recycling of paper, creative crafters collaborate to think of a new process for making recycled paper. A complete teacher's guide and student worksheets are included. There is no written procedure for...
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Telescoping Periscope

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Ahoy, matey! Here is an engineering expedition that mini mariners are sure to be swept away by! After reading a brief description and history of periscopes, they work in crews to construct one. Use this activity to enhance a lesson on...
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Filtration Investigation

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Scholars build a simple filtration system to remove impurities from muddy water and rate the filtered water to a grade of clarity scale. The focus is on teamwork and problem solving. This instructional activity would be effective in your...
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Exploring at the Nanoscale

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Nano-nano! Nanotechnology can seem like it's from another planet! After learning about this tiny technology, collaborative groups experiment with how smaller particles affect chemical reactions. They do this by immersing a whole and a...
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Working with Watermills

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
In collaborative groups, emerging engineers or environmental scientists plan and construct a water wheel or watermill that rotates for a total of three minutes. Everything you need to carry out this lesson plan is included: objectives,...
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Characteristics of Inner Planets

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Aspiring astronomers assess the inner planets using this handout. They read about the characteristics of each, noting that all four of them have rocky surfaces. Rotation and revolution are introduced, including Venus' retrograde...
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Characteristics of the Sun

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
After reading about how the sun gets its energy, and about the layers and features of the sun's atmosphere, heliologists complete a comprehension instructional activity. On it, they label features on a diagram of the sun and match terms...
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Challenge: Microgravity

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What a festive way to examine what happens to the heart in different gravitational situations! Small groups place a water-filled balloon in different locations (on a table top, in a tub of water, and held in a vertical position), drawing...
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Climate Change as a Scientific Theory

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Get your class thinking about climate change as a scientific theory. Guided by a handout, emerging earth scientists read articles and take notes about glaciers and sea ice. To conclude, they write an evaluation of the evidence for...
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Youth Obesity: Schools Fight Back

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore nutrition and healthy eating habits with a study on youth obesity. Learners watch a PBS documentary on the obesity epidemic which discusses government programs aimed at healthier choices, as well as more localized efforts. Kids...
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Lights at Night Webquest

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Help learners find ways to become more efficient energy consumers. To start, individuals research how different countries address energy efficiency and then analyze their own carbon footprint. They use their research to identify ways to...
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Biodiversity in Healthy Soil

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A field may look like just an expanse of dirt. While in fact, it is a functioning soil ecosystem. Young scientists study the functional diversity in a soil ecosystem by first brainstorming all the organisms they can think of that life in...
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Jump, Glide, or Fly? Exploring Bird Evolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How have birds evolved from prehistoric animals? With the three-part lesson, small groups first research different prehistoric animals and determine whether they are birds. Then, scholars explore different bird adaptations using the Flap...
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Following the Trail of Evidence

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
One important skill in analyzing scientific evidence is identifying facts versus opinions. Scholars identify pieces of evidence from the film The Day the Mesozoic Died and then discuss this evidence in small groups at the end of each act...
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Midpoint of a Segment (Example)

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Finding the midpoint is as simple as finding the middle. Given a graph of a segment, a video tutorial demonstrates how to find the midpoint. The instructor uses the midpoint formula and then reinforces the calculations with the graph.
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The Distributive Property

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Where would the math world be without the distributive property? Young scholars learn to apply the distributive property as they view a video tutorial. The instructor begins with an explanation of the property and then completes several...
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Algebraic Notation

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Algebraic vocabulary and notation sometimes seem like a foreign language. A video tutorial breaks down the vocabulary and notation into easy-to-understand chunks. The narrator writes the notation with symbols, in words, and verbalizes...
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Forming Algebraic Expressions

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Turning words into numbers and symbols sounds like the art of writing an algebraic expression. Young scholars first observe a lesson presentation outlining strategies for writing expressions. They then use one of the included worksheets...
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Laws of Indices

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Laws are meant to be followed, and laws of exponents are no exception! A video presentation outlines the laws of exponents and then provides an example of each. After watching the presentation, learners practice with the included resources.
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Find the Area of a Rectangle Given the Perimeter (Example)

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Use one-dimensional calculations to make them two-dimensional. An application question provides a perimeter and a relationship between the length and width of a rectangle. The video tutorial demonstrates how to write an equation for the...
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Box-and-Whisker Plots

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Whiskers are more than just a cat facial feature! Learn how the whiskers of a box-and-whisker help make conclusions about a data set. An instructor first explains how to create a box-and-whisker and then how to read it. Several examples...
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Combining Like Terms Requiring Distribution (Example 3)

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Merge two important algebraic skills to simplify polynomial expressions. A thorough video lesson describes the process of distributing and combining like terms to simplify an expression. Examples show how to distribute one or two...
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Combining Like Terms (Example 1)

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Do your pupils confuse multiplying variables terms with adding variable terms? A video presentation uses factoring to isolate the coefficients of the like terms before combining, emphasizing the difference between addition and...