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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (7) 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. 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 (4)
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: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Water You Doing To Help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), water pollution 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 (3 - 4), or Science (3 - 5)
Title: Sailing on the Wind
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that uses science and the steps of the Engineering Design Process to determine important properties in sail design materials and learn how to harness wind power. Students will learn that a problem can be solved in different ways using different materials, properties of materials change its effectiveness, conducting tests help determine versatility of materials, and that wind can be harnessed to do work. This lesson is adapted from Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills, Lesson 3: Testing Sail Designs (produced by the Museum of Boston for the Engaging Youth in Engineering program.) Visit http://www.mos.org/EiE for more information. 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 (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Popping HOT
Description: In this lesson students will discover the different forms of heat transfer such as conduction, convection, and radiation and that these forms can be demonstrated by popping popcorn.  Students will learn the health benefits of popcorn, one of America’s favorite snacks.  Students will also use fun facts about popcorn to solve math problems.  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 (5 - 8)
Title: I'm So Crushed
Description: In this activity, students will have an opportunity to solve a mystery. They will discover why a soda can collapses during a demonstration due to the effects of changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. Students will gain further insight in the process of scientific inquiry as they suggest questions that need to be answered in order to solve the mystery at hand.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 (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Energy
Description: During this lesson students will learn about energy. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the Internet to locate information about energy. They will also have the opportunity to create a slideshow to demonstrate their new knowledge about energy.


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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Energy Sources and Use     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, to investigate a variety of renewable energy resources, and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: The Energy Saver
Digital Tool: Energy and the Environment
Digital Tool Description: The interactive games on how to save energy in our environment allow students to enhance their knowledge on energy saving equipment and explore ways to save energy in our environment around us. 


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Title: A Shocking Discovery
Digital Tool: Hydroelectric power plant: a flash simulation from Norway
Digital Tool Description: The impressive visual of the hydroelectric power plant is an excellent learning asset that engages students in learning about a natural source of energy.  This visual will help students grasp how a hydroelectric power plants works all times of the year.  Students can manipulate the seasons and zoom in on the power plant.  It also includes sound feature that enables students to hear how a hydroelectric power plant sounds. Reference:  http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wuhy.html


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Title: Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle
Digital Tool: Carbon Cycle Simulator
Digital Tool Description: This lab uses a robust model of the carbon cycle to give you an intuitive sense for how carbon circulates through the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, and crust. Using the simulator, you will experiment with the human factors that contribute to this rise and explore how different inputs to the carbon cycle might affect the concentrations of the greenhouse gas CO2.


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Energy Sources and Use
http://www.sciencene...
This problem based lesson allows students to research and become involved with creating solutions with renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. They will compare and contrast each alternative source of energy.

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Solar Power
http://mynasadata.la...
Locating the best location for collecting solar power.

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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Energy Quest Room
http://www.energyque...
This interactive website allows students to navigate through the many, varied, and unusual facts about energy. There is a plethora of activities that engage student learning on energy sources and alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Energy Transfer 6th Grade
http://www.thescienc...
PowerPoint explaining conduction, convection, and radiation.

Interactives/Games


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Power Up!
http://www.sciencene...
This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to think about the positive and negative consequences of various types of power. The site provides students with a specific monetary budget, which they can use to purchase power plants for their city. As students choose their types of power, they learn how much power the plant provides, how much it costs, and the effect it could have on the environment. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 6-8, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.

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Energy Quest Room
http://www.energyque...
This interactive website allows students to navigate through the many, varied, and unusual facts about energy. There is a plethora of activities that engage student learning on energy sources and alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Heating it Up!
http://www.scienceki...
Game teaching conduction and transfer of heat

Learning Activities


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Power Up!
http://www.sciencene...
This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to think about the positive and negative consequences of various types of power. The site provides students with a specific monetary budget, which they can use to purchase power plants for their city. As students choose their types of power, they learn how much power the plant provides, how much it costs, and the effect it could have on the environment. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 6-8, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.

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Chemiluminscence Light
http://scifun.chem.w...
This lab activity is an engaging activity for students that develops the concept of chemical reactions. This particular chemical reaction produces light energy without heat energy.

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Rubber Bands and Heat
http://scifun.chem.w...
In this lab activity, students will examine thermal properties of rubber and how it relates to heat energy.

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Bending Water
http://scifun.chem.w...
This engaging experiment will allow students to discover static electricity.

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Blue Sky - Red Sunset
http://scifun.chem.w...
Students will investigate how light creates blue skies and orange sunsets.

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The Mummy's Tomb Raceway
http://www.miamisci....
In this activity, the students build a roller coaster for a mummy while relating the concepts of potential and kinetic energy.

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Energy Quest Room
http://www.energyque...
This interactive website allows students to navigate through the many, varied, and unusual facts about energy. There is a plethora of activities that engage student learning on energy sources and alternatives to fossil fuels.

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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