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Lesson Plans (19) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (11) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (3) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (6) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (8) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) 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 (9 - 12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9 - 12)
Title: Automotive Brake Service-inspecting and Machining a Disc Brake Rotor Off the Vehicle.
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9 - 12)
Title: Automotive Brake Service-inspecting and machining a disc brake rotor on-the-vehicle
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: How High Did My Rocket Go?
Description: This is a lab in which the students will calculate the height of an air or water rocket by using trigonometry.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Force and Motion
Description: In this lesson, the students will work across the curriculum using technology, business education, and mathematics. They will form a company and use the physics of force and motion to build a hovercraft. The students will use this experience to apply to 'real life' business situations.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 (9 - 12)
Title: Designing a Rube Goldberg Machine
Description: In this lesson, students will apply their knowledge of complex and simple machines to designing a Rube Goldberg Machine. Students will calculate the mechanical advantage of 3 of the simple machines in their design. Students should also relate Newton's 3 Laws of Motion to their machine.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 (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Discovering Earth's History
Description: This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.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: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Graphing Gallery Walk
Description: In this lesson, students will participate in a gallery walk to realize the vast amount of information found in a graph. Students will make notes of the graphs as they rotate through the gallery. At the conclusion, students will create a story from an assigned graph.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 (9 - 12)
Title: Plate Tectonics
Description: This lesson culminates the hypothesis of Continental Drift and Sea floor Spreading into the Plate Tectonic Theory. The students will be able to recognize that our planet is ever changing. They should be able to analyze the forces which create destruction on our planet are directly related to its shifting surface.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 (9 - 12)
Title: Motion in One Dimension
Description: This hands-on exercise allows students to view and calculate the various factors involved in one-dimensional motion. Students will use remote control vehicles to illustrate the linear motion. Students will use the information gathered from the motion of the remote control vehicles to solve various equations for velocity, acceleration, distance traveled, or time. Students will then represent the relationships between these factors graphically.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gas Pressure
Description: This lesson is a demonstration lecture that defines gas pressure in terms of force, explains how pressure is measured, and defines and converts units of pressure. Students will create a slide show presentation on a gas and its uses in science, medicine, or technology.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Energy and Work Amusement Park Style
Description: This is a lesson presenting energy and work. It covers: types of energy, forms of energy, work, law of conservation of energy, and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. In the activities section, one will find links to Internet sites that explore concepts of energy and work. Interactive labs are also included in this lesson. The lesson can serve as a student-led or teacher-led lesson. It gives a brief statement of facts; therefore, the teacher must provide expansions, if needed. The expansions could come from the Internet sites since many of them go into more detail about the concepts. The teacher will also be expected to supply some form of assessment for the lesson.


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. 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: Mathematics,Science
Title: Modeling Orbital Debris Problems     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students examine the problem of space pollution caused by human-made debris in orbit to develop an understanding of functions and modeling. The lesson gives students an opportunity to use spreadsheets, graphing calculators, and computer graphing utilities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Rocket Launch     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore design considerations of model rockets. They consider how model rockets are similar to real rockets (in design and flight), as well as how they are different due to the constraints placed upon them such as size and intended user.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Fuel-saving Speed     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. 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: Ping-Pong Avalanches     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. 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: Language Arts,Science
Title: Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students develop an understanding of the historical significance of Galileo's scientific achievements. They examine the values underlying historic choices by debating the merits of the earth-centered Ptolemaic System and the sun-centered Copernican System.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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The Physics of Football
Overview:
This podcast tells about the physics that are applied in the game of football: Momentum, acceleration, and force.


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The Roller Coaster
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This podcast shows some of the science and history of roller-coasters.


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Planet Gravity project
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This podcast was designed to cover the force of gravity. The purpose of this particular podcast is to compare weight on the various planets as a result of the force of gravity on a mass.


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Archives Aeroflyer
Overview:
Learn to make an Archives Aeroflyer with a step by step video and included handouts. 


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Balanced & Unbalanced Forces 2
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This podcast is one in a series of podcasts designed to introduce and explain forces in our world.  This particular podcast teaches the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces including a demonstration of how to calculate each.  The students also show combined forces and how to calculate them.


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Newton's Second Law
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This podcast is part of a series of podcast designed to introduce and explain forces in our world.  This particular podcast focuses on Newton's Second Law of motion and the students use real life application and demonstration to explain this law.  They also demonstrate the math skills needed to explain what is happening in Newton's Second Law of Motion.


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Nuclear and Gravitational Force
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This podcast is one of a series of podcasts that are designed to teach about the forces in our world.  This particular podcast focuses on gravitational and nuclear forces.  The students discuss Universal Gravitation, and nuclear forces and demonstrate each in the podcast.  They also define the unit for force.


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Types of Friction
Overview:
This podcast is designed to introduce and demonstrate the common types of friction.  Teachers and students alike will enjoy the descriptions and demonstations presented by students to assist with the understanding of the various types of friction forces encountered in our world.


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. 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: Fuel-saving Speed     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. 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: Ping-Pong Avalanches     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. 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


Lesson Plans


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Newton's Laws: action and reaction
http://teachers.net/...
This site has several mini-labs for Newton's Laws of motion and allows students to observe, collect data, and form hypotheses also.

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Catch The Light
http://amazing-space...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Podcasts


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Physics 401: Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 401: Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.

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Testing your Conceptual Knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Testing your conceptual knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion, Khan Academy quiz on Newton's First Law of Motion Podcast

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Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Khan Academy podcast on Newton's First Law of Motion. Part 1

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Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.

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Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion. GBP Television Podcast for Physics and Physical Science.

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Physics 301: Analysis of Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
This is a GPB Television Podcast for Physics and Physical Science. This podcast talks about the motion of science.

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Physics 302: Motion Math
http://www.gpb.org/c...
This is a GPB Television Podcast on the science of motion. This podcast will explain how to calculate motion.

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Calculating Average Velocity or Speed
http://www.khanacade...
Khan Academy, Khan works problems for velocity and speed

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Cacluating Velocity; Solving for time
http://www.khanacade...
Khan Academy Podcast. Khan works problems in velocity in which he solves for time.

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Displacement from Time and Velocity Example
http://www.khanacade...
This Khan Academy podcast works problems to calculation displacement from time and velocity.

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Newton's First Law of Motion, Part 3
http://www.khanacade...
This a podcast from Khan Academy. This is the third part of a four-part series on Newton's first law of motion.

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Math in Basketball
http://www.thirteen....
Basketball player Elton Brand describes how he became an NBA star, then presents a challenge about the math behind the perfect free throw shot.

Assessments


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Testing your Conceptual Knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Testing your conceptual knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion, Khan Academy quiz on Newton's First Law of Motion Podcast

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Friction Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of frictions placed in a 10 question quiz to assess mastery.Quiz is computer graded.

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Forces Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of forces are placed in a 10 question quiz to assess mastery. Quiz is computer graded.

Informational Materials


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Physics 401: Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 401: Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.

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Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.

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Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion. GBP Television Podcast for Physics and Physical Science.

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Calculating Average Velocity or Speed
http://www.khanacade...
Khan Academy, Khan works problems for velocity and speed

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Rubber Band Airplane Lab
http://tuhsphysics.t...
You would not think that the rubber band planes that kids play with as toys today had any relevance in our history. But, in fact, the commercial airplanes that you ride on every day originated from the simple idea of the rubber band airplane. Many scientists’ ideas on aerodynamics started with a plane as simple as one powered by a rubber band. This website allows students to identify the best model of a rubber airplane by manipulating its weight and propeller speed.

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Catch The Light
http://amazing-space...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Interactives/Games


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Physics Projectile Motion, Interactive Simulation
http://phet.colorado...
This is an interactive simulation used to test the students calculations and predictions for projectile motion.

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Physics Velocity and Accleration, interactive simulation
http://phet.colorado...
This is an interactive simulation for physic students to calculate velocity and acceleration

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Forces and Motion: Basics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects

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Lunar Landing
http://phet.colorado...
Can you avoid the boulder field and land safely, just before your fuel runs out, as Neil Armstrong did in 1969? Our version of this classic video game accurately simulates the real motion of the lunar lander with the correct mass, thrust, fuel consumption rate, and lunar gravity. The real lunar lander is very hard to control

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Motion in 2D
http://phet.colorado...
Students will learn about position, velocity, and acceleration vectors. Move the ball with the mouse or let the simulation move the ball in four types of motion.

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Newton's Laws of Motion
http://science.disco...
An interactive discovery.com website that allows a student to learn Newton's 3 Laws of Motion

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Temperature and Particle Motion
http://www.explorele...
This website allows students to observe the movement of particles of an ideal gas at a variety of temperatures for 5 minutes. A histogram showing the Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution is shown, and the most probable velocity, mean velocity, and root mean square velocity can be calculated. Molecules of different gases can be compared by moving the graph at various velocities and times. Requires flashplayer.

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The Moving Man
http://phet.colorado...
Learn about position, velocity, and acceleration graphs. Move the little man back and forth with the mouse and plot his motion. Set the position, velocity, or acceleration and let the simulation move the man for you.

Learning Activities


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Newton's Laws: action and reaction
http://teachers.net/...
This site has several mini-labs for Newton's Laws of motion and allows students to observe, collect data, and form hypotheses also.

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Forces and Motion: Basics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects

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Water Bottle Rocket Competition
http://cchsliu.org/w...
Participants will design, construct, and test a rocket made from a 2 liter plastic soda bottle. The goal is to design a rocket that will remain aloft for a maximum period of time. Every group will launch their rocket 3 times. Do not use the same rocket body (2 liter bottle) for more than two launches. The first 2 launches will be test launches. Your group must choose one or more aspects of the rocket to test. After each test launch you must analyze what hurt your rocket’s performance the most and redesign it before the next launch day. Your goal is to have the best possible rocket by the final launch day.

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Rubber Band Airplane Lab
http://tuhsphysics.t...
You would not think that the rubber band planes that kids play with as toys today had any relevance in our history. But, in fact, the commercial airplanes that you ride on every day originated from the simple idea of the rubber band airplane. Many scientists’ ideas on aerodynamics started with a plane as simple as one powered by a rubber band. This website allows students to identify the best model of a rubber airplane by manipulating its weight and propeller speed.

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Temperature and Particle Motion
http://www.explorele...
This website allows students to observe the movement of particles of an ideal gas at a variety of temperatures for 5 minutes. A histogram showing the Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution is shown, and the most probable velocity, mean velocity, and root mean square velocity can be calculated. Molecules of different gases can be compared by moving the graph at various velocities and times. Requires flashplayer.

Teacher Tools


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Catch The Light
http://amazing-space...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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