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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (9) 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.
Learning Activities (2) 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.


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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8)
Title: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections of Light
Description: Students will learn about the reflective behaviors of light, and the wave and particle nature of light. Students will also recognize congruency of angles.


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Subject: Mathematics (7 - 8), or Science (8)
Title: Transverse Waves
Description: Students will classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic. Students will describe longitudinal and transverse waves. Students will show a transverse wave using a slinky.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 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ultraviolet Radiation
Description: An interactive PowerPoint will be used to introduce the electromagnetic spectrum. Students use UV beads to observe changes caused by the sun's rays and evaluate sunscreen effectiveness. Harmful effects of UV exposure will be described along with preventative measures.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: Sonar Mapping of the Ocean Floor
Description: Mapping the ocean floor must be done by indirect observation. One method involves bouncing a sonar signal off of the ocean floor and measuring the length of time this signal takes to return. This length can be translated into distance: Distance=Speed of Sound X Time/2. In this lab, students will be making indirect observations using a wooden rod as the "sonar signal."


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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: 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: Exploring Pendulums      
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore Web sites with simulations of pendulums, where they are able to change the length and angle of the bob and observe its effects. They then construct and test their own controlled-falling systems, or pendulums, to further observe and verify these theories. This lesson helps students understand concepts related to how gravitational forces act on objects by exploring the motion of pendulums.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. 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: 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: 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: 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: Solar Blind     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Looking into Space     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students learn how telescopes work, build a model of their own, and consider how real telescopes can be used to ask--and help answer--questions about the universe. This activity is based on instructions and information from the Exploratorium Web site.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Cell Phone Traffic     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a new use for cell phone signals. Many people stuck in traffic pass the time or take care of business by making calls on their cell phone. Now, scientists have found another way to put that talk time to work by using cell phone signals to monitor traffic flow. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Dryer Sheets     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how the old saying opposites attract relates to your laundry. Positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles, which can cause static cling in clothing. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Snow Goggles     
Description: The aim of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to illustrate how the scientific method can be used to solve different kinds of problems. As part of this lesson, students build snow goggles similar to those used by the Inuit peoples. Students also create their own version of the goggles to improve upon existing designs and compare the process used to invent snow goggles with that employed by designers of the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Finding Monster Waves     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the varying sizes of ocean waves, what causes the variation, and where to find giant waves. Students learn the parts of a wave and discuss wave height, wavelength, and wave period. They experiment with creating waves on the National Geographic Wave Simulator and discuss how geography affects waves.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Do You Hear What I Hear?     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the dynamics of a sound wave. Students use an interactive Java applet to view the effects of changing the initial string displacement and the initial tension.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Field Trip
Overview:
This podcast gives a brief overview of our field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  This incredible weekend excursion provided 35 8th grade science club students a chance to explore a barrier island, view marine life hands-on, and study ecological and evironmental elements of the Gulf of Mexico.  The students participated in several activities such as trip to the local estuarium, a boat trip on the sea lab research vessel, a salt marsh trip, shark dissection, and a plankton study.  The students learned a tremendous amount about the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island.  The trip was amazing and the students still talk about it today!


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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- Speed of Light
Overview:
Einstein's crucial breakthrough about the nature of light, made in 1905, can be summed up in a deceptively simple statement: The speed of light is constant. So what does this sentence really mean? Surprisingly, the answer has nothing to do with the actual speed of light, which is 186,000 miles per second through the "vacuum" of empty space. Instead, Einstein had an unexpected insight: that light from a moving source has the same velocity as light from a stationary source. For example, beams of light from a lighthouse, from a speeding car's headlights and from the lights on a supersonic jet all travel at a constant rate as measured by all observers—despite differences in how fast the sources of these beams move.


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Einstein Demonstrations- Color Mixing
Overview:
Mixing color light is called additive color mixing, because the combined colors are formed by the adding of light from two or more light sources together. Two or more lights added together will give more illumination than any of the lights by themselves. The primary colors of light are red, green and blue.


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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. 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: 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: Solar Blind     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Cell Phone Traffic     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a new use for cell phone signals. Many people stuck in traffic pass the time or take care of business by making calls on their cell phone. Now, scientists have found another way to put that talk time to work by using cell phone signals to monitor traffic flow. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Dryer Sheets     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how the old saying opposites attract relates to your laundry. Positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles, which can cause static cling in clothing. 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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Learning Activities


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Electromagnet
http://education.jla...
Instructions on how to make an electromagnet/make it stronger..with pictures.

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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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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Sound Wave     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students understand the mathematical models used to represent sound. Students come to understand the origins of the terms pitch, tone, frequency, and intensity, as well as explore the dynamics of a sound wave.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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