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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) 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.
Learning Activities (1) 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 (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 (9 - 12)
Title: Emission Spectrum
Description: We will reintroduce the students to the electromagnetic spectrum and visible light. We will talk about the states of electrons(ground and excited). The teacher will show a video link (Electrons in Atoms). We will then preform the science in motion lab "Excited Elements."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
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: Health, Science
Title: Night Lights     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why bright nighttime lights could be bad for women's health. 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: 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



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Shedding the Light     
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students investigate a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water. The goal of this investigation is a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students examine the way light changes as water depth increases, conduct experiments, explore related algebraic functions using an interactive Java applet and analyze the data collected.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Make a Conjecture     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students view a picture and QuickTime video clip and then make conjectures about the relationship between light intensity and water depth.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Gather Data     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They conduct three experiments including a simulated ocean dive, using tinted Plexiglas to simulate water depth, and measuring light intensity within a column of water.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Analyzing the Data     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They use an interactive Java applet to explore related algebraic functions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Reflect on Your Work     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students examine, reexamine, and compare the results obtained in previous lessons to enrich their mathematical understanding. Possibilities for students include examining the method of data analysis, asking What if questions, connecting the situation with other contexts, and further exploring the method of linearizing data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Wave Properties     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn the components of a wave then discuss the effects of wave height, wavelength, and wave period in determining the overall size of a wave. They use the National Geographic Wave Simulator to experiment with creating different kinds of waves. Discussion then focuses on the effects of geography on wave size as well as additional forces on boats trying to navigate waves.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Communications Technologies     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to give students an understanding of communication technologies and an appreciation of the opportunities and problems that come with these technologies. In the lesson, students try out a few innovative examples of communications technology and learn how they transform patterns of sound or light into patterns of electricity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health
Title: Reading Glasses     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the changes in vision that result as a consequence of aging. 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: 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 - 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: 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



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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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: Health, Science
Title: Night Lights     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why bright nighttime lights could be bad for women's health. 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: Health
Title: Reading Glasses     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the changes in vision that result as a consequence of aging. 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: 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



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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

Informational Materials


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

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.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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