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Lesson Plans (11) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Description: As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.


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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students look at a complex system when they create their own play dough by taking several parts and creating a whole. Through their constructions, students gain an understanding that individual parts are used to make a whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Water and Ice     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, the first in a three-part series from Science NetLinks, is to explore how water can change from a solid to a liquid and then back again. As part of the investigation, students take simple measurements using a thermometer and a balance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Sink or Float?     
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students make predictions about which objects will float in water. Students then test the objects and observe whether they sink or float. Finally, students use the activity sheet provided to classify objects according to their buoyancy. Related literature and on-line activities are also incorporated into the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Sampling Rocks     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is for students to learn about sampling through an investigation of rocks found in the schoolyard. In this lesson, students collect and analyze a sampling of rocks from the schoolyard. They sort the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that can be found in the schoolyard.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Melting and Freezing     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the last in a three-part series, students investigate how melting and freezing impact the amount of three separate everyday items--water, chocolate, and margarine. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as solids, liquids, or gases depending on the temperature, pressure and nature of that substance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Disappearing Water     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series, students observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students compare and contrast the sets of observations over time. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as a solid, liquid, or a gas depending on the temperature, pressure, and nature of that substance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Build a Better Pencil      
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to engage students in planning, making, evaluating, and modifying designs, and to develop an understanding of constraints such as safety, time, cost, space, and availability of materials. At this level, students should be given many opportunities to design and make things using a variety of materials and simple tools. This investigation uses a pencil as a vehicle for introducing the idea of planning and evaluating designs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Rock Hunters     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson centers on students making detailed observations of rocks. Through their observations, students begin to develop an understanding that there are many types of rocks with a multitude of different attributes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Sorting     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to develop the idea that information can be more easily managed and retrieved if it is logically sorted and stored, using the example of books in a library. The activities in this lesson focus on sorting and ordering things so that they can be easily retrieved at a later date.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!     
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Title: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Digital Tool: Catie for Schools
Digital Tool Description: This science resource gives a game for the children to interact with and understand what a solid, liquid, or a gas is. 


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Chem4Kids
http://chem4kids.com...
If you want to know anything about chemistry, like such topics as matter, atoms, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry, this website is sure to have what you are looking for. Don't let the title fool you. It is not just for kids.

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Chem4Kids
http://chem4kids.com...
If you want to know anything about chemistry, like such topics as matter, atoms, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry, this website is sure to have what you are looking for. Don't let the title fool you. It is not just for kids.

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Sort Solid, Liquid, Gas
http://www.catie.org...
Students drag & drop 8 items into the 3 categories.

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Sort Solid, Liquid, Gas
http://www.catie.org...
Students drag & drop 8 items into the 3 categories.

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Lumpy Liquids and Squishy Solids
http://scifun.chem.w...
This exciting lab activity can engage students in experimenting with chemical changes through the phases of matter.

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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks     
Description: The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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