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Lesson Plans (12) 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. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. 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). Learning Assets (1)


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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 (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What burns when a candle burns? An Introduction to Using the Scientific Method
Description: In this hands-on lesson, the class is divided into small groups and required to use the scientific method to discover what burns in a candle and why. The steps reinforce this methodical approach to solving what initially appears to be a simple question. In this exercise, students will use the scientific method to discover the purpose of a candle's wick and how radiation allows candle wax to change from solid to liquid to gas, thus allowing the wicking action necessary for combustion to occur.


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Subject: Science
Title: The Lighter Side of Color     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a three-part series on light, focuses on the idea that we can see objects because they either emit or reflect light. It discusses the way light is reflected, absorbed, and scattered to allow certain wavelengths to reach the eye, leading to a perception of different colors. It is an introductory exploration and would be best if complemented with hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: More About Static Electricity     
Description: In this lesson, one of a four-part series on static electricity from Science NetLinks, students explore a Web site to investigate concepts related to static electricity. They then perform experiments in which they create static electricity and demonstrate how opposite charges attract each other and like charges repel each other.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Build an Electromagnet     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students make a simple electromagnet by wrapping a wire around a nail and attaching the ends of the wire to a battery to make an electric circuit. As current flows through the coil, a magnetic field is produced and the nail is magnetized. Students also examine the close interrelationship between magnetism and electricity and its many applications.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Introducing Static Electricity     
Description: In this lesson, one of a four-part series on static electricity from Science NetLinks, students perform some simple experiments creating static electricity. They demonstrate how opposite charges attract each other and like charges repel each other. Then students explore a Web site that further explains these concepts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Introducing Atoms     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a four-part series on static electricity, students are asked to review Web sites to learn about the atom's basic structure and the positive and negative charges of its subparticles. This lesson lays the groundwork for further study of static and current electricity by focusing on the idea of positive and negative charges at the atomic level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Making Light of Science     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series on light, is to introduce students to the electromagnetic spectrum, focusing on visible light. Students are introduced to the idea that all light travels as waves, and that wavelength defines the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Harnessing Solar Energy     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to discover the properties of light (radiant) energy from the sun by experimenting with solar collectors, cookers, and calculators. This investigation could be the beginning of a unit on the many forms of energy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Converting Energy     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use the Internet to introduce students to energy through the idea of energy transformations and conversions and to develop students' ideas of what energy is and how it can be measured.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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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Subject: Science
Title: Billiard Break     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the probability of sinking all 15 balls on the opening break of a game of pool. 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: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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.


ALEX Podcasts


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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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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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Subject: Science
Title: Billiard Break     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the probability of sinking all 15 balls on the opening break of a game of pool. 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: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


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.

Interactives/Games


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Power Up!
http://www.kineticci...
In this game, students must provide power to a large city without running out of money or ruining the environment.

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.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Science
Title: Electromagnets     
Description: In this E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, students read about electromagnets and how they are used in everyday life.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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