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Build a Bobsled Racer

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Host a design challenge of Olympic proportion! Junior engineers build their own bobsleds using simple materials. The activity focuses on kinetic and potential energy and how the center of mass affects motion on a downhill track....
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Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy: Principle 1

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Is your current lesson plan for salt and freshwater literacy leaving you high and dry? If so, dive into part one of a seven-part series that explores the physical features of Earth's salt and freshwater sources. Junior hydrologists...
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Non-Newtonian Fluids—How Slow Can You Go?

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children enjoy playing with silly putty, but it provides more than just fun. Young scientists make their own silly putty using different recipes. After a bit of fun, they test and graph the viscosity of each.
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Buoyancy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Swimmers know to float by turning their bodies horizontally rather than vertically, but why does that make a difference? In an interesting instructional activity, scholars explore buoyancy and the properties of air and water. They test...
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Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse!

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Give your pupils a front row seat at the biggest light show in the sky this year! In addition to admiring the total solar eclipse, young astronomers can explain the phenomenon with a little help from an inquiry-based lesson plan. The...
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Be Internet Awesome

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Teach the qualities of a digitally smart citizen with a set of lesson plans created by Google. Along with creating strong passwords, learners explore how to protect their privacy, when to stand up for others against cyberbullying, and...
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Interland

For Students Pre-K - 8th
"Be Internet Awesome" is the motto in a super cool digital citizenship interactive created by Google. Interland is made up of four lands that explore the importance of digital safety and helps young Internet users to be alert, strong,...
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To Boldly Go...

For Teachers 5th - 12th
When we think of ocean exploration, many of us have visions of sunken pirate ships full of treasure or mysterious creatures of the deep. What really motivates deep-sea investigation? The first in a series of diverse six-part lessons...
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Memory Items

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Ready to have an "unforgettable" time in science class? Try a fun and insightful activity, suitable for a wide age group of learners. Explore how human memory works when pupils try to remember objects they've seen before comparing the...
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Chemotaxis using C. elegans

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Ever wondered what roundworms like? Or what they don't like? Explore the sensory preferences of C. elegans through this controlled chemotaxis experiment. Biology class members brainstorm what substances might attract — or repel — the...
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Race to the Moon!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Here, young historians learn about the space race by examining a letter written to John F. Kennedy by an elementary school student in 1961, and then reading an article to learn the historical context that helps them make sense of it. A...
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Televised Debates: Candidates Take a Stand

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Elementary or middle school scholars learn about the significance of the first televised live presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy, all the while discussing what qualities make a good leader, what they can or can't learn about a...
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A Selection of Stories from The Æsop for Children

For Students K - 8th Standards
Read and incorporate a variety of Aesop's Fables into a fable genre study with an eBook produced by the Library of Congress. The interactive eBook contains 146 fables written by Aesop and includes colorful interactive illustrations by...
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The RNA Decoder Ring: Deciphering the Language of Life

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Secret messages aren't just for spies, your body also uses them to write your proteins. After assembling an RNA decoder ring, pupils practice transcribing DNA to mRNA, then translate the mRNA to amino acid sequence instructions. The...
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Tangible Symbol Systems

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Working with children and adults who have severe communication disorders presents its own set of challenges. The goal of this resource is to provide educators, parents, and guardians with research-based suggestions for how to meet these...
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Historical Climate Cycles

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
What better way to make predictions about future weather and climate patterns than with actual climate data from the past? Young climatologists analyze data from 400,000 to 10,000 years ago to determine if climate has changed over time....
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What Makes Flatulence

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Have you ever wanted to use a whoopie cushion during a middle school class? If so, then this is the lesson for you! Pupils conduct an experiment to observe the build-up of gases as food breaks down. While recognizing the role of giggling...
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Read Across America Classroom Activity Guide

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th Standards
Celebrate the legendary Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day with a plethora of activities set to five stories—The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and Green Eggs and Ham. Activities include...
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Exploring Chinese Celebrations

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Seven activities make up a instructional activity designed to explore Chinese celebrations through grand conversation and crafts. Scholars create plates of Chinese food, a lion mask, paper lanterns, red envelopes with good wishes, and a...
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Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Inspire kindness in and out of school with a lesson plan that challenges scholars to perform 100 acts of kindness during the time between Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Valentine's day. Leading up to a celebration of friendship, learners...
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Kids in the Kitchen

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not here! Set up a cooking club at school using this 148-page guide that teaches food and kitchen safety, measurement techniques, and nutrition. Young chefs get their hands wet by participating in a variety...
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Biological Oceanographic Investigations – What's in That Cake?

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Have you ever tried to find hidden items in a picture when you don't know what you are looking for or how many things are hidden? A lesson plan applies that same concept to sampling the deep sea habitats. Participants must first create a...
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Star Wars – a Relaxation Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Take young padawans on a journey towards ultimate relaxation with a series of Star Wars themed yoga poses. Following a mindful and imaginative story, the force is strong with stretches including the Rey's Pole, R2D2, Yoda, and more! 
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Advanced Phonics: Variant Correspondences

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Phonics don't just have to be a daily routine for class members. Spruce up their phonemic awareness with a few exciting activities. Young grammarians participate in a variety of activity-based games centered around homophones,...