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All About Blood and the Heart (Human Body for Children)

For Students 4th - 5th
In this anatomy worksheet, students learn about the heart and it's characteristics. Students monitor their heartbeat in an experiment and then answer a series of questions about what they found.
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Bats

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars hypothesize and model how the bones in a bat wing are made up.  In this exploratory instructional activity students test their hypothesis, develop questions about bat parts and watch a video on bats.
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School Garden Project - Grade 1

For Teachers 1st
First graders interview the school gardener about what plants need to survive. In this gardening lesson plan, 1st graders tour the school with the gardener, fill out a KWL chart, and record their interview with the gardener.
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Pennsylvania’s Energy Supply

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders become familiar with the various types of energy and which types are found in Pennsylvania.  In this Pennsylvanian energy resources instructional activity, 3rd graders, identify wind and water as sources of energy. ...
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Wind and Water Wheels

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify wind and water as natural resources that create energy. In this natural resources and energy use lesson, students work in groups to construct a pinwheel, then explore the effects of wind and water on the pinwheel....
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World's Most Dynamic Force

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the Earth's forces. They review an assessment task and its accompanying rubric. They classify ten items as long-term or short-term interactions of the Earth's components and rank the destructive impact of the forces. ...
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Aphids and Ladybirds

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students record observations of ladybird beetles and aphids. They develop questions concerning the behavior of ladybird beetles and aphids that are testable by a classroom experimentation. Students develop an investigation.
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The Human Organism

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine the basic functions of the human body and see how changing demands affect our bodies.  In this human organism lesson plan students participate in several activities that are about the human body and our digestion,...
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Apply Technological Design and Scientific Habits of Mind

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work together to brainstorm their obstacles in testing different scientific principles. In groups, they are given a scenerio with a specific dilemma and they use the internet to research how to solve the problem. They design a...
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The Human Organism

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate animal behavior by studying the lives of three female behavior scientists.  In this human organism lesson plan students do different activities that inquire and approach each females work. 
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Cotton and Cabbage

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students note how given traits could be achieved by selective breeding and by transgenesis. They identify different uses of GEO. Students recognize that the use of letters (Bt) before an organism's name means that the organism has had a...
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Australian Ecology and Bushfires

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discuss the different types of ecosystem. In this earth science lesson plan, 8th graders explain the benefits and harm of fire. They research articles about bush fires or controlled burn instance and share it with the class.
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Termite Biology

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore the physical characteristics, distribution and habitat of termites. The lesson focuses on the termite as a social creature contrary to most other insects.
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Where Does the Water Around Our School Go?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners in groups, map quadrants of the area around the school and make predictions about the direction of waterflow and zones of accumulation that will occur when it rains. Then when it does rain they check to see if their prediction...
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Underwater Habitats

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students make a hydrophone and attach it to their Sea Perch ROVs. They use the hydrophones in conjunction with the underwater cameras on the ROVs to explore their local aquatic environments.
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Journey of the Salmon

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders predict salmon migration routes and explore how dams affect the salmon migration. They explore the cultural significance of salmon to the Nez Perce people and design technology to aid salmon migration.
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Ecology: Effects of Land Use on Natural Streams

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine how humans affect various ecosystems. In this ecology instructional activity, 8th graders discuss different ways that contaminants enter the stream. They explain the consequences of eutrophication in lakes.
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Observing an Animal

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils observe animal behaviors. In this animal behaviors lesson, students record animal behaviors while watching a video in preparation for a field trip to the aquarium.
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Health and Disease

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze their school's menu. In this health lesson, 7th graders organize the food according to their food pyramid alignment. They design a balanced healthy alternative menu.
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Activity 4: Alvin Dive, A Mysterious Encounter and Change Over Time

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students receive copies of the Time Series Observations to use for note-taking. They work in small groups to discuss what they see when the outside lights of Alvin are turned on, and off, where the bacteria may have come from. They view...
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Bugsicles (A Frozen Insect Larva You can Find!)

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore how animals survive in the winder. After attending a gall-collecting field trip, students place them in a freezer. Once frozen, the students open the gall flay larva and observe it as the larva revives. Students...
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Water, Water, Everywhere!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students become aware of the important role the ocean plays in our lives. Students will gain general knowledge about the ocean by reading information on the Internet. They discover the weather events generated by ocean conditions.
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DNA-a Molecular Identity

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore about what DNA is and several different DNA typing techniques. They examine three different situations where DNA typing was used to carry out justice. Students also identify and evaluate different uses of DNA typing...
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Selecting a Harbor: Oceanography and the Impact of Oil Spills

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers work together to determine a new site for a harbor. Using the Internet, they research the impact of an oil spill on the oceans and wildlife. They present their findings to the class and a solution to the problem.

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