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Using Map Scales to Figure Distances and Areas

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The asteroid is getting closer and the question is whether the state of Alabraska is large enough for the shelter calculated in the previous activity. Teams determine the scale of their project and then use the scale on the map to...
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Show Me the Money

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Class members learn how to estimate the total costs involved to design and build a bridge by including design, material, equipment, and labor costs. The activity includes a discussion about the trade-off between cost and aesthetics.
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A Good Foundation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It takes a strong foundation to build a house and a stronger one for a bridge. This resource presents the effects of geology and soil on bridge foundations. Working in groups, the class investigates the interaction of shallow and deep...
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Portable Wheelchair Ramp Challenge

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ramp up the engineering design process in your classroom with an activity that challenges teams to design, build, and test a small-scale portable wheelchair ramp. The class develops design requirements, and teams test their designs using...
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Density Column Lab - Part 2

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Groups suspend objects within layers of liquids to determine the densities of different liquids and compare them to the densities of objects calculated in Part 1. The groups then carefully test their calculations by layering the liquids...
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Density Column Lab - Part 1

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Mass and density — aren't they the same thing? This activity has groups use balance beams and water displacement to measure several objects. The pupils use the measurements to calculate the density of the objects. 
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Water Remediation Lab

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Water filtration — that's pure genius! Groups test the ability of a water filter to purify water by running chlorine contaminated water through a filter and measuring the chlorine concentrations as they filter the water. They then graph...
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Design and Build a Rube Goldberg

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Let's see how complicated we can make this simple task. The last activity associated with a 10-part series has groups design and build a Rube Goldberg machine. Teams determine a simple task to accomplish and use the engineering design...
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Machines and Tools (Part 2)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Which pulley system will give us a whale of a good time? Teams compare the theoretical and actual mechanical advantages of different pulley systems. They then form a recommendation for how to move a whale from an aquarium back to the ocean.
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Tools and Equipment (Part 1)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Looking for the best inclined plane for the job? Groups calculate the theoretical mechanical advantage for four different inclined planes. They determine the actual mechanical advantage by measuring the amount of force needed for the...
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The Great Gravity Escape

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Groups simulate an orbit using a piece of string and a water balloon. Individuals spin in a circular path and calculate the balloon's velocity when the clothes pin can no longer hold onto the balloon.
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Trash to Treasure!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
One person's trash is another man's treasure. Challenge your class to build something useful out of the trash they throw away on a regular basis. Groups design and build a practical item from trash they collect, allowing the class to...
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Protecting Our City with Levees

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teams use the design process to design, build, and test a model levee to protect the town from a wall of water. A handout provides a price list for the materials learners can use to build their levee within a budget.
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Building a Barometer

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Forget your local meteorologist — build your own barometer and keep track of the weather with an activity that provides directions to build a barometer out of a narrow necked bottle, a glass, and some water. Using their barometer, teams...
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Edible Rovers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The good thing about building this rover is you get to eat it afterwards. Pairs determine rover parts they want to include in their design based upon their cost and usefulness. The teams design their rovers, build them from edible...
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An Inflated Impression of Mars

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Help your class understand the magnitude of the distance between Earth and Mars with an activity that asks small groups to use balloons to create scale models of the Earth, Moon, and Mars. Class members figure out the distances between...
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Global Climate Change

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming is the focus of an activity that asks class member to consider the effects of climate change on weather. Pupils work with their families to determine their carbon footprints...
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Vocabulary Representation (Grade 6)

For Students 6th Standards
Support math vocabulary instruction with a reference sheet designed to meet the needs of sixth grade mathematicians. Four pages consist of 20 terms, their definitions, and a picture representation. Terms include percent, least...
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Multiplication and Division

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Multiplication and division of decimals by whole numbers is the focus of these assessment worksheets. Learners solve equations by showing their work in order to arrive at the correct answer.
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Optimize! Cleaner Energy Options for Rural China

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
What are the trade-offs when looking to get the most benefit from an energy source? Small groups compare the cost-to-emission levels of several energy sources by looking at the information graphically. The groups utilize this information...
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Unit 8 Math Vocabulary Cards (Grade 6)

For Students 6th Standards
Additive inverse, expression, and irrational numbers are a few terms you'll find when you use a set of 22 flashcards designed to reinforce math vocabulary. The set includes two types of cards; a bold-faced word card, and a corresponding...
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Unit 2 Math Vocabulary Cards (Grade 6)

For Students 6th Standards
Common denominator, invert, and terminating decimal are only a few terms found in a set of math vocabulary math cards. Made up of 40 cards, the set reinforces terms with boldly printed word cards, and definition cards offering an example...
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Household Energy Audit

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Do you have an energy hog in your home? Individuals pick at least one room at home to determine the amount of energy the appliances consume. Using that information, pupils fill out a worksheet to determine the cost of running each...
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Multiply Decimals

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Go step by step through a multiplication problem with decimals. The video does a great job talking through the problem and explaining how it is similar to regular multiplication, with the exception of moving the decimal.