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Lesson Plan
University of Minnesota

Ethics of Dissection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's an elephant in your classroom. That's right — a big, awkward elephant named Dissection. Sure, you'd like to talk about him ... but how? Whether you're a seasoned teacher or fresh out of student teaching, the topic of dissection...
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Lesson Plan
University of Minnesota

Welcome To Your Senses

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell—oh the world of senses! What do these five senses have to do with the brain? The answer: everything. Explore how the brain sends and receives messages by having the class participate in several sense...
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NASA

Feel the Noise

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Can you hear it now? Young scientists experiment with sound waves using metal objects and string. They strike metal objects while they hold them and as the objects hang from a string to compare the sound. They discover that sound travels...
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NASA

Exploring the Colors of Mars

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Minerals on Mars are not that different than those on Earth. Using mineralogy concepts and satellite images, individuals use color to highlight the different surface minerals on Mars when creating a model of the planet. They enhance...
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American Chemical Society

Designing an Absorbency Test

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Time to soak up some learning! A hands-on lesson teaches learners about the absorbency properties of substances. They conduct tests by dipping different materials in water to determine which hold water and then complete a handout to...
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American Chemical Society

Float and Sink

For Teachers 2nd Standards
We're not talking about the kitchen sink. Learners explore what types of objects sink and float in water in an inquiry-based lesson. With experimentation, they find similarities between materials that float and those that sink.
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American Chemical Society

Dissolving is a Property

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Believe it or not, it is possible for liquids and solids to get along! A hands-on lesson has individuals explore dissolving properties of candies in water. They complete an activity guide to record observations about different candies...
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American Chemical Society

Liquids Have Properties

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Liquids have many similarities, but their differences can set them apart. Using a student activity guide, learners conduct different property tests on water, oil, and syrup. They record their results and use them to rank the liquids by...
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American Chemical Society

Testing Materials to Learn About Their Properties

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Storing food in plastic makes more sense than storing it in paper. Young learners research the properties of these materials along with aluminum foil. They then connect the properties of the materials to their usefulness by completing a...
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American Chemical Society

Classifying Objects Based on their Observable Properties

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Sorting objects by properties is a lesson plan in justification. Learners begin by studying different types of properties of materials, including those based on appearance and texture. They examine the properties of specific items and...
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American Chemical Society

The Fate of Calcium Carbonate

For Students K - 5th Standards
Soften up an egg. Learners use vinegar to test for calcium carbonate in an egg shell and an antacid tablet and compare the reaction with vinegar to the reaction with water. In a second experiment, class members break down an egg shell...
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American Chemical Society

Chromatography - Color Clues

For Students K - 5th Standards
Here's an activity that will change how one sees color. Pupils try out an experiment on chromatography where they place a drop of food coloring on a coffee filter, add several drops of water, and watch the colors spread and separate....
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American Chemical Society

Chemistry Color Changers

For Students K - 5th Standards
Knowledge of acids and bases doesn't need to be a secret. Learners use red cabbage to create an indicator solution, then test how adding lemon juice (acid) and detergent (base) changes the color of the solution. They then use the concept...
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American Chemical Society

All Wet

For Students K - 5th Standards
Sometimes liquids just don't get along together. A fun experiment has scholars determine whether various liquids dissolve in water. They pour isopropyl alcohol, vegetable oil, and corn syrup into cups of water to see which ones mix well...
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Activity
Museum of Science

Candy Chromatography

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Don't play favorites when separating candy colors. Pupils use the process of chromatography to separate the colors of two different types of candy-coated candies. Class members compare their results to an unknown sample to determine...
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Activity
University of Waikato

Observing Water's Thin 'Skin'

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Keep the tension up in the classroom. The class first observes as the teacher creates a dome of water above a glass by adding paperclips into an already full glass. Classmates then work in pairs to see how many drops of water can fit...
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Lesson Plan
Tech Museum of Innovation

Balloon Astronaut

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Design protection from high-speed particles. The STEM lesson plan highlights why astronauts need protection from space debris. Pupils use the design process to design, build, and test a spacesuit that will protect a balloon from a...
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Center for Learning in Action

Investigating Physical and Chemical Changes

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Super scientists visit ten stations to predict, observe, and draw conclusions about the physical and chemical changes that occur when different states of matter—liquid, solid, and gas—are placed under a variety of conditions. To...
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Center for Learning in Action

Water – Changing States (Part 2)

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Here is part two of a two-part lesson in which scholars investigate the changing states of water—liquid, solid, and gas—and how energy from heat changes its molecules. With grand conversation, two demonstrations, and one hands-on...
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Center for Learning in Action

Introducing Physical and Chemical Changes

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Young scientists investigate chemical and physical changes to the states of matter—gas, liquid, and solid—as well as solutions and suspensions with a variety of demonstrations, grand conversation, and an interactive quiz to check for...
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Center for Learning in Action

Water—Changing States (Part 1)

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Here is part one of a two-part lesson in which scholars investigate the changing states of water—liquid, solid, and gas. With grand conversation and up to three demonstrations, learners make predictions about what they think will happen...
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Center for Learning in Action

Challenge with Solids, Liquids, and Gases

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
There's a container for every matter—liquid, solid, and gas. Pupils design three different containers, each with the capability to hold one of the states of matter, and share their design with the class.     
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Center for Learning in Action

Introduction to the States of Matter

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Liquids, gases, and solids are the states of matter in which scholars investigate in a lesson plan that offers in-depth information and engaging activities that look into the three states and the changes their properties make when mixed...
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Center for Learning in Action

Density

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Explore the concept of density within states of matter—gases, liquids, and solids—through a group experiment in which young scientists test objects' texture, color, weight, size, and ability to sink or float.