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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) 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.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) 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)
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: Equilibrium Constants, Reactant and Product Concentrations, and Related Calculations.
Description: This lesson is meant to give an introduction of equilibrium constant expressions to the students. They are given balanced chemical equations and then asked to write the equilibrium constant expressions for them. The students will be given feedback in case of error and the feedback will include the correct answers.


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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: 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
Title: Cold Car Start     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how wind chill affects car engines. Wind makes the temperature feel colder because it carries heat away from our bodies; it affects car engines in a similar way. 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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Exploding Pumpkin
Overview:
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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Subject: Science
Title: Cold Car Start     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how wind chill affects car engines. Wind makes the temperature feel colder because it carries heat away from our bodies; it affects car engines in a similar way. 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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Assessments


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Chemical Equilibria Concept Test
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This is a pre-made AP-level equilibria test.

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States of Matter Simulation
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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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pH Scale
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Test the pH of things like coffee, spit, and soap to determine whether each is acidic, basic, or neutral. Visualize the relative number of hydroxide ions and hydronium ions in solution. Switch between logarithmic and linear scales. Investigate whether changing the volume or diluting with water affects the pH. Or you can design your own liquid!

Learning Activities


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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!
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Through a virtual and real kitchen, students can explore different aspects of chemistry with online and hands-on activities.

Teacher Tools


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Liquid Nitrogen Demonstrations
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Twenty two different experiments with liquid nitrogen to use in class or as demonstrations with your class.

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