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## ALEX Lesson Plans

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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Extracting Iron from Cereal
Description: Several breakfast cereals contain iron as a mineral supplement. The iron is in the form of iron powder, and can be extracted from a suspension of crushed cereal in water using a magnet.  Iron reacts with acid in the stomach and is eventually absorbed through the small intestine.  If all the iron from the body were extracted, there would be enough for two small nails. Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: How Sweet It Is
Description: As part of the study of Matter, the students will determine the density of standard percent sugar solutions through hands on experimentation.  In laboratory groups, students will graph a standardized curve of the experimental data.  The students will use the standardized curve and experimental data obtained in the laboratory to interpolate the percent sugar in the different soft drink samples. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: What's the Matter - Concentration Game
Description:   What’s the Matter? is a guided inquiry lesson on classification of matter, physical and chemical properties, and physical and chemical changes.  There are two parts to this lesson: (a) concentration game for definitions and (b) concentration game for matter classification, physical and chemical properties, and physical and chemical changes. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Periodic Table of Poetic Elements
Description: Each student will create a poem about an element on the periodic table. The poems will be placed in the appropriate "square" to create a large periodic table wall hanging. This project will require the collaborative work of several classes to create a complete periodic table.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: Chemistry is Colorful!!!
Description: In this lesson, students are introduced to the 5 major types of chemical reactions. Each reaction type will be analyzed and specific examples will be noted. Students will then perform a lab investigation which includes each of the different reaction types.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: Physical and Chemical Changes, A Demonstration
Description: Students will compare and contrast physical and chemical changes. They will view a website describing the components of cosmetics. Students will aid the teacher in preparing a dessert made with physical and chemical changes. 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: The Composition of Seawater
Description: This lesson develops student understanding of ocean water as a true solution. It demonstrates the differences of salinity and "salt" water. This lesson prepares the student to be able to apply the concepts of temperature, density, and layering of the oceans before conducting a lab dealing with these variables.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: Minerals
Description: The students will gain information on the 5 characteristics of minerals. The information can be related to nonrenewable resources. This lesson should facilitate discussion on the difference in precious gems and semi-precious gems.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 (8 - 12)
Title: Density
Description: Density is the ratio of mass to volume. Density will be introduced to students by a demonstration of coke verses diet coke. The teacher will then solve density problems for the students on the board. The class will then complete a lab on the density of plastics. After lab the students will compare results. Each group will present a Powerpoint presentation of their results.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: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Properties of Minerals
Description: This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.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: Physical and Chemical Changes
Description: The teacher will conduct the whoosh bottle demonstration to engage students. The class will then begin discussion of endothermic and exothermic physical and chemical changes. The students will then conduct the Science in Motion lab “Simple Distillation”. 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: Freezing Things - States of Matter
Description: The class will go back over the Power Point presentation on chemical and physical properties. The teacher will then conduct numerous liquid nitrogen demos. This lesson is used early in the Chemistry course. The students love it. This lesson can be used to spark interest in science. The students (in cooperative learning groups) will then be required to produce a concept map and short report on an assigned gas.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

## Thinkfinity Lesson Plans

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Subject: Science
Title: Pizza Cheese
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why the cheese on pizza tastes different when it is reheated versus when it is originally baked. 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.

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Subject: Science
Title: Carbon: Structure Matters
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to explore the molecular structure of matter and how it can affect the physical characteristics of a specific material.

## ALEX Podcasts

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Archimedes and Density
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This podcast is an introduction to using displacement to determine the density of an object. Because density is an intrinsic property, it can be used to identify a substance. A follow-up lab should be used so students can apply the ideas introduced.

## Thinkfinity Podcasts

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Subject: Science
Title: Pizza Cheese
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why the cheese on pizza tastes different when it is reheated versus when it is originally baked. 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.

## Web Resources

### Podcasts

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Science of Macaroni Salad: What's in a Mixture
http://ed.ted.com/le...
The video provides a basic understanding of mixtures. The site also includes a quick assessment and discussion question.

### Informational Materials

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General Chemistry Online
http://antoine.frost...
This website, presented by the Chemistry Department at Frostburg State University, contains information and resources for those studying chemistry. Some of the features include a database of chemical compounds, lecture notes, tutorials, a glossary, and a chemistry trivia quiz.

### Interactives/Games

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Interactive Periodic Table of Elements
http://www.webelemen...
Students can interact with the Periodic Table of Elements at this website.

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Interactive Chemistry Crosswords
http://www.creative-...
Chemistry is chiefly concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms - for example, the properties of the chemical bonds formed between atoms to create chemical compounds. An acid is a chemical species that donates protons or hydrogen ions and/or accepts electrons. Creative Chemistry has a selection of interactive chemistry crosswords for students. They can play them online or save them to print out and solve later.

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Reactants, Products, and Leftovers
Create your own sandwich and then see how many sandwiches you can make with different amounts of ingredients. Do the same with chemical reactions. See how many products you can make with different amounts of reactants. Play a game to test your understanding of reactants, products and leftovers.

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General Chemistry Online
http://antoine.frost...
This website, presented by the Chemistry Department at Frostburg State University, contains information and resources for those studying chemistry. Some of the features include a database of chemical compounds, lecture notes, tutorials, a glossary, and a chemistry trivia quiz.

### Learning Activities

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Kitchen Chemistry: Cooking up Science!
http://pbskids.org/z...
Through a virtual and real kitchen, students can explore different aspects of chemistry with online and hands-on activities.

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Interactive Chemistry Crosswords
http://www.creative-...
Chemistry is chiefly concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms - for example, the properties of the chemical bonds formed between atoms to create chemical compounds. An acid is a chemical species that donates protons or hydrogen ions and/or accepts electrons. Creative Chemistry has a selection of interactive chemistry crosswords for students. They can play them online or save them to print out and solve later.

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General Chemistry Online
http://antoine.frost...
This website, presented by the Chemistry Department at Frostburg State University, contains information and resources for those studying chemistry. Some of the features include a database of chemical compounds, lecture notes, tutorials, a glossary, and a chemistry trivia quiz.