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Lesson Plans (4) 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 (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.


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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Reading in the Dark     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possible effects of reading in low light. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Sink It     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is designed to develop students' understanding of sinking and floating. Students first classify a group of common objects by a characteristic of their own choosing. Then they reclassify the same group of objects by their predictions about whether each item will float or sink in water. As a group, they design an experiment to test their predictions (hypotheses).
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Collecting the Rays     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore how variations in solar collectors affect the energy absorbed. They make rectangular prisms that have the same volume but different linear dimensions. Students investigate relationships among the linear dimensions, the area, and the volume of rectangular prisms.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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How to Use a Compound Light Microscope
Overview:
This is a three minute demonstration of how to use a compound light microscope.  This podcast should follow a lesson which focuses on the identification of the parts of a microscope.  This podcast would be appropriate for students who are using a microscope for the first time.


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Einstein Demonstrations- Light Defraction
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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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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Reading in the Dark     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possible effects of reading in low light. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Virtual Pond Dip     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students in an online exploration of a virtual pond. They examine the microorganisms present in a drop of pond water.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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