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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
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Subject: Mathematics (K - 4), or Science (4)
Title: Geometric Shadows
Description: Students will identify objects as translucent, transparent, or opaque. Upon seeing the shadow of the opaque object, students will identify the geometric figure created by the shadow.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: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Light Reflection and Absorption
Description: Students will examine various objects to determine if they reflect or absorb light. Students will first work with the teacher and look at various objects. Students will have the opportunity to test several items about the classroom. Then, students will create a PowerPoint slideshow using what they have learned.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Science (4)
Title: Translucent, Transparent, and Opaque Objects
Description: Students will become familiar with transparent, translucent, and opaque objects. Students predict whether items are transparent, translucent, or opaque. Finally, students will show what they have learned by producing a song, poem, cheer, rap, or comic strip.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Are Rainbows Created?
Description: Students will discover how the rays of the sun produce colors. In addition, students will learn how water causes the sun's rays to bend, producing rainbows. Students will also explore rainbows by navigating the Internet.


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Subject: Science
Title: Magnify It!     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students view objects of various sizes from several viewing distances to discover that their visual field is limited. Students record what they see and compare their observations with classmates in an open, nonjudgmental forum. They have the opportunity to speculate about and experiment freely with magnifying glasses and also conduct more structured experiments.
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Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Podcasts


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Transparent.Translucent, and Opaque Objects
Overview:
Students in Ms. Wyatt's Class at Eden Elementary School went on a hunt to find objects that are transparent, translucent, and opaque. This video defines the terms transparent, translucent, and opaque. The video also shows pictures of objects that fit each term.


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Einstein Demonstrations- Light Defraction
Overview:
This demonstration exhibits light’s wave-like characteristics. This is half of light’s duality; the other half being light’s particle-like characteristics. Using diffraction gratings we can compare the visible parts of atomic spectra for different elements. A diffraction grating consists of a large number of equally spaced parallel slits. These slits bend light differently according to wavelength. Incandescent lights work by heating a solid piece of tungsten wire. This heating of a solid produces a variety of wavelengths, giving an impressive spread of colors when viewed with a diffraction grating. Since the other lamps are single gaseous elements, they emit only a few wavelengths of light, their individual atomic spectra.


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Einstein Demonstrations- Photo-Electric Effect
Overview:
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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Science Games for Kids
http://www.scienceki...
This site contains fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. This site is free to use.

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Light Webquest
http://www.webquest....
This web quest allows students to explore light concepts, such as reflection, refraction, and wavelengths.

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Science Games for Kids
http://www.scienceki...
This site contains fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. This site is free to use.

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Light Webquest
http://www.webquest....
This web quest allows students to explore light concepts, such as reflection, refraction, and wavelengths.

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