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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. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (7) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) 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 (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: What's Wrong With Global Climate Change? I Like it Warm!
Description: Students will identify factors that affect the solubility of a salt and test one of the factors (temperature). They will apply their experience to ocean salinity, the effects of temperature on the composition of ocean water, and what effects that could have.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Magic Milk
Description: This lesson is designed to engage students in a discussion and demonstration of molecules, surface tension, and bonding.  Students will use hands on materials as well as technology.  This lesson shows how a solution works to achieve equilibrium.  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)
Title: Mentos, Soda, and Nucleation
Description: In this lesson, Mentos candy and different types of soda are used to show examples of nucleation, surface tension, surface area, polar attractions, and supersaturated materials. A video will be used to show the examples and the students will then work in groups to determine what their hypothesis is about what is happening and why. The students will be given a chance to debate with other students about why their hypothesis is correct. This lesson could be used in eighth grade physical science, physical science, chemistry, and/or physics.


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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: pHun with Acids and Bases!!! (a pH lesson)
Description: In this lesson, the students will learn the characteristics of acids and bases including the associated pH values. The students will conduct a hands-on activity that shows color indicators for different pH values.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 (5 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Determining pH
Description: This lesson provides both hands-on and technology-based activities to reinforce measurement of pH. The characteristics of acids and bases are reviewed. Students evaluate pH through the use of indicators in the lab. An enhancement opportunity is provided by using an interactive website. 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: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Separation of a Mixture
Description: Students will use their knowledge of physical properties to separate a mixture of four ingredients. The students are required to design their own laboratory procedure for separating the mixture. The separation process itself encourages mastery of several laboratory techniques.


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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Antibacterial Pollution     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the potential environmental effects of common household products. A lot of household products nowadays claim to be antibacterial--containing compounds that kill viruses, bacteria, and other germs on contact. But what happens to these compounds when they get washed down the drain? 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: Acid Stomach     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is intended for a high-school introductory chemistry class or health class. The lesson begins with the reading of an article on the history of the development of aspirin. Students then complete a lab that compares the reaction of regular aspirin, buffered aspirin, and enteric aspirin in neutral, acidic, and basic solutions. They then analyze the results of the experiment to gain insight into how this information was used by researchers to solve some of the problems associated with aspirin. To complete the lesson, students must understand acids and bases.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Magic Milk
Overview:
This podcast is a student-based project.  This project explains the magic milk lab.  The students lead a step by step explanation of the magic milk lab.  This podcast gives students a visual aid.  This will help them understand what is happening while they are learning about the chemistry of the lesson.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Antibacterial Pollution     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the potential environmental effects of common household products. A lot of household products nowadays claim to be antibacterial--containing compounds that kill viruses, bacteria, and other germs on contact. But what happens to these compounds when they get washed down the drain? 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: 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Solutions Unit Plan
http://phet.colorado...
Includes online simulations, clicker questions, student handouts, and labs

Assessments


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Calculations Involving Molarity
http://www.sciencege...
Students solve progressively more complex molarity problems, type in their answers, and get immediate feedback.

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.

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Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Food Dyes
http://collective.ch...
This online lab simulation takes students through the steps in analyzing and identifying the dyes used in a powdered drink using chromatography, spectroscopy, dilution of solutions, and calculating solution concentrations.

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Molecular Polarity
http://www.elmhurst....
This webpage presents information on molecular polarity.

Interactives/Games


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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.

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pH Scale and Meter Calibration Virtual Lab
http://virtuallab.nm...
This site features a virtual lab on pH scale and meter calibration. The students create salsa ensuring the pH levels do not go over 4.6 preventing a deadly bacteria from growing.

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Calculations Involving Molarity
http://www.sciencege...
Students solve progressively more complex molarity problems, type in their answers, and get immediate feedback.

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Acid-Base Solutions
http://phet.colorado...
This interactive website allows students to dip the paper or the probe into solution to measure the pH, or put in the electrodes to measure the conductivity to determine the concentration and strength affect pH. Requires Javascript.

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pH Scale
http://phet.colorado...
This website provides an interactive tool where students test the pH of things like coffee, spit, and soap to determine whether each is acidic, basic, or neutral. They can actually visualize the relative number of hydroxide ions and hydronium ions in solution, switch between logarithmic and linear scale, and investigate whether changing the volume or diluting with water affects the pH of a substance.

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Build an Atom
http://phet.colorado...
Build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how the element, charge, and mass change. Then play a game to test your ideas!

Learning Activities


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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.

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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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Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Food Dyes
http://collective.ch...
This online lab simulation takes students through the steps in analyzing and identifying the dyes used in a powdered drink using chromatography, spectroscopy, dilution of solutions, and calculating solution concentrations.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Health,Science
Title: Acid Stomach: E-sheet     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students through an exploration of aspirin and its effects on the stomach.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks     
Description: The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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