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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (4) 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. 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: 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: Which Came First, Ice Cream or Refrigeration?
Description: As students begin their study of states of matter, this hands-on activity demonstrates how the interaction of a solid and a liquid can reverse the initial state of each material.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: 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 (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.


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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
Title: Drying Dishes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how a quirk of dish drying shows off a fundamental idea behind the chemistry of water. Because of their different compositions, plastic takes a lot longer to dry than glass. 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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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Lawn Nitrates     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nitrates used as lawn fertilizer can be dangerous to the environment and human 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



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.


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Exploding Pumpkin
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This short video demonstrates the power of chemical reactions.  The clip was recorded on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 2006, when the Exploreum staff decided to do a little playing with our food. We called it Left Over Science. When calcium carbide is added to water it causes a chemical reaction.  After a short wait, a spark is added.  The result:  we blew up a pumpkin and we got it on video!


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Candy Flamethrower
Overview:
When chemicals react a number of things can happen:  two liquids can form a solid, a gas can be produced, things can change color, OR materials can combust. This video shows what happens when we place an organic substance (a material with a "carbon backbone" like sugar, or wood) into a particular hot and liquefied "oxidizer". The results are extremely exothermic, over 1,500 degrees F exothermic.


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Subject: Science
Title: Drying Dishes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how a quirk of dish drying shows off a fundamental idea behind the chemistry of water. Because of their different compositions, plastic takes a lot longer to dry than glass. 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: Lawn Nitrates     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nitrates used as lawn fertilizer can be dangerous to the environment and human 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



Web Resources


Podcasts


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States of Matter
http://www.harcourts...
The three states of matter are visually simulated in animated version.

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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States of Matter
http://www.harcourts...
The three states of matter are visually simulated in animated version.

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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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States of Matter Simulation
https://phet.colorad...
Interactive Java based simulation for learning about states of matter, atoms, and molecules. Adjust temperatures and substances to view effects on phase or state of matter. "The simulations have been used successfully with homework, lectures, in-class activities, or lab activities. Use them for introduction to concepts, learning new concepts, reinforcement of concepts, as visual aids for interactive demonstrations, or with in-class clicker questions."

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Build a Molecule
http://phet.colorado...
Starting from atoms, see how many molecules you can build. Collect your molecules and see them in 3D!

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Reactions and Rates
http://phet.colorado...
The website provides an interactive tool where users explore what makes a reaction happen by colliding atoms and molecules. Teachers and students may design experiments with different reactions, concentrations, and temperatures. When are reactions reversible? What affects the rate of a reaction?

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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States of Matter Simulation
https://phet.colorad...
Interactive Java based simulation for learning about states of matter, atoms, and molecules. Adjust temperatures and substances to view effects on phase or state of matter. "The simulations have been used successfully with homework, lectures, in-class activities, or lab activities. Use them for introduction to concepts, learning new concepts, reinforcement of concepts, as visual aids for interactive demonstrations, or with in-class clicker questions."

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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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States of Matter
http://www.harcourts...
The three states of matter are visually simulated in animated version.

Teacher Tools


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Liquid Nitrogen Demonstrations
http://education.jla...
Twenty two different experiments with liquid nitrogen to use in class or as demonstrations with your class.

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