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Chemistry with a Conscience

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Green chemistry and sustainability are the focus of a unit module that asks young scientists to use the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry to assess how green a product’s chemicals, reactions, or processes are. Class members engage in...
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Designing a Real Life Ecosystem!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars research abiotic and biotic factors concerning the concept of an ecosystem. Record and analyze data collected. Write a lab report in proper and scientific format with thinking and analytical skills. Work as a cooperative...
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Amazing Birds

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
What's so amazing about birds? Find out just how amazing birds are with a physics of animal behavior unit created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Have learners explore and tap into their observational skills and notice how birds fly, what...
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An Inquiry into Alcoholic Fermentation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce life science students to their new "best buds" yeast! Using a wide variety of materials, lab groups design an experiment that illustrates how yeast acquires the resources it needs to undergo cellular respiration. The teacher's...
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Artificial Selection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Give young biologists a firsthand look at the process of evolution with this engaging student-centered science investigation. Taking advantage of the rapid life cycle of the Wisconsin Fast Plant, this experiment involves students growing...
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Manduca sexta: Caterpillar Dissection

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Caterpillars have an amazing, yet tough job to perform in their short lives — eat much, avoid predators, and try not to let all those comments about being the unattractive stage of the life cycle get to them. How do they handle it all?...
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Marine Biology Field Trips

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars visit a Marine Biology study area 2-3 times and write a report after the last visit. They participate in the Marine Biology field trips working with lab partners. They complete data sheets to write their primitive...
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Osmosis and Diffusion Lab: Honey I Blew Up the Bear

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Beginning biologists explore passive transport through two demonstrations and a hands-on inquiry. Spray air freshener from one spot in the classroom and have class members raise their hands as the scent reaches them. Also, place a teabag...
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Ocean Layers I

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How is it possible for ocean water to have layers? The sixth installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program investigates factors that cause different water densities to occur. Experiments...
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Marine Animal Husbandry and Training

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Step into the role of a zoo director with several activities about animal training and running a zoo. Kids calculate the amount of food each animal needs, design a habitat for penguins, decide how to breed bottlenose dolphins, and train...
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Cloud in a Bottle

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Clouds come in all shapes and sizes: thin and wispy to large and billowy. But how do clouds form? And how can they turn from something beautiful into a deadly storm such as a hurricane? A lab investigation challenges learners to discover...
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Animated Video Productions - Life Cycles

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compare/contrast the life cycles of free-living organisms to that of parasites. They conduct Internet research, illustrate the stages of a specific organisms's life cycle, and direct and produce a mini-video production.
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What a Fungi

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders perform an experiment to determine the best growing conditions for molds. For this life science lesson, 7th graders explain where molds are commonly found. They collect data and draw diagrams of their observations.
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Pond Ecology

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A lab activity is a great way to incite thoughtful questioning and scientific processes. Pupils will collect organisms with a Petri dish, make observations, sketch the organism, ask questions, then attempt to identify the specimen...
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Scientific Method Mania

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Horrible science puns only happen periodically, but the scientific method is forever. Young scientists observe two presentations on the scientific method, complete independent practice worksheets, and integrate their knowledge through a...
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Comparing Mitosis with Meiosis

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Life science learners view an online animated mini textbook comparing two types of cell division. Working in groups, they use a digital microscope to capture images of cells in different stages of mitosis and meiosis. Then they create an...
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Creating and Testing Silver-Nanoparticle Socks

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Antibacterial socks are a product of nanotechnology. An inquiry-based instructional activity asks collaborative groups to create their own antibacterial socks and then test them against other products on the market. The sock with the...
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Effects of Water Pollution on Aquatic Organisms

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate water pollution. They develop an understanding of the behavior of organisms, of the structure and properties of matter, and of natural and human induced hazards by conducting lab tests. They present their data...
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Science As Inquiry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice problem solving through the inquiry approach. They are divided into small groups and given various problems to folve regarding the germination of radish seeds.
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Marine Environmental Geology

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students take this course as an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Topics include estuarine oceanography and sediments, eutrophication of coastal waters,...
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Lab Safety

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of lab safety using a variety of different activities. The equipment necessary is covered. They draw the different types of lab tools using a graphic organizer.
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Ripening of Fruits and Vegetables

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How long do fresh foods last in space at the International Space Station? Which foods perish quicker than others? How can astronauts preserve their foods to make them last longer in space? Young scientists test the rates at which some...
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Rocking the Cycle!

For Teachers 6th Standards
Time to rock out! Discover the "life" cycle of the average rock using an illustrative stations lab and stimulating pairs game. Roll the dice to determine your fate: will it be melting in magma or chilling out to form igneous rock? The...
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Density (Solids)

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Elementary and middle school physical science learners explore density in a hands-on activity. They measure the mass and calculate the volume of different metal and wood blocks. From these two values, they compute the density for each....