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demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).
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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Conserve It To Preserve It
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to sustain natural resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Lighting Up the Room!
Description: Each group of students will measure the perimeter of a teacher's classroom. They will work to build and redesign the teacher's classroom to scale (2 feet = 1 inch) using a shoe box and other supplies. They will then wire that room using a series circuit complete with a switch.   Each group will use video and digital cameras to document each step and then create a Photostory with a minimum of ten photos.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wired for Learning
Description: As part of a unit on electrical circuits, students will work in collaborative groups to create a video of how to construct parallel and series circuits. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Health
Title: Zapping Fish     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about why fish generally are not electrocuted when lightning strikes the water they are swimming in. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: Electric ABCs
Digital Tool: Tagxedo
Digital Tool Description: Tagxedo makes word clouds in the shape you select or upload. In this activity, Tagxedo will be used as an incentive to practice, review, and use vocabulary. The end result will also be a learning display.


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Electrical Circuits
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This podcast will show how a closed circuit can be created and how a series and parallel circuit must be connected. It will also give three ways to use energy and three ways to conserve energy.


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Conductors and Insulators
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Do you know the difference between conductors and insulators? In this podcast Mrs. Huang's 4th grade class is going to show you the difference between the two. They will show you the materials used to test the items. Students will also show you which items they found were conductors and which ones were insulators. We hope you enjoy the podcast and learn some great information! 


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Einstein Demonstrations- Photo-Electric Effect
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The message is the dual nature of light. When a gaseous element is raised to a high temperature, the atoms emit radiation having discreet wavelengths. The set of wavelengths for a given element is called its atomic spectrum. Einstein showed us that light can be described not only as a wave, like a water wave, but also as a particle. This understanding of light allowed us to understand why different elements have different fingerprint patterns of light known as spectra.


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Einstein Demonstrations- Photo-Electric Effect in Action
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The understanding that light interacts with matter like a particle also lead to modern information technology, like computers, TVs, and lasers. The communicator is a direct example of the Photo-Electric Effect, one of Einstein’s groundbreaking 1905 theses. This is the achievement for which he won the Noble Prize for Physics in 1921. The Photo-Electric Effect centers on the ability of light to free up electrons inside metal atoms. This induces electric current through out an illuminated piece of metal. The idea that light can physically disturb electrons denotes a particle nature of light. The energy produced is proportional to the frequency of light, not the intensity of light. This fact draws on the wave-like properties of light within the same interaction.


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Subject: Health
Title: Zapping Fish     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about why fish generally are not electrocuted when lightning strikes the water they are swimming in. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Static Electricity Video
http://studyjams.sch...
This animated video explains the concept of static electricity.

Informational Materials


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Energy Kid's Page
http://www.eia.doe.g...
Online energy education resources include energy activities for kids and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.

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Light Up With Circuits
http://www.scienceki...
Enjoy the variety of challenges that involve changing the circuit, moving switches, replacing bulbs, changing the battery volts and adding longer wires. Kids will have fun with this interactive electricity game.

Learning Activities


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Light Up With Circuits
http://www.scienceki...
Enjoy the variety of challenges that involve changing the circuit, moving switches, replacing bulbs, changing the battery volts and adding longer wires. Kids will have fun with this interactive electricity game.

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What's a Circuit?
http://www.knowitall...
This website has an animated tutorial that explains the function and features of parallel and series circuits.

Teacher Tools


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Energy Kid's Page
http://www.eia.doe.g...
Online energy education resources include energy activities for kids and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.

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