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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's the Matter?
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the different states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. The students will be able to have discourse about the states of matter. They will use ActiVote clickers to be interactive with a Flipchart identifying the different states of matter.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Away We Go!
Description: Students will survey various classes about the type of transportation that delivers them to school. Students will then combine data and with the help of a teacher create a virtual graph. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Wheels All Around
Description: Students will use skip counting to see how many wheels visit the school during specified times in one day.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Fast Can You Go?
Description: Students will experience force and speed by constructing model cars in cooperative groups.  The students will explore ways to move their cars at different speeds.  Each group will do a PhotoStory describing their cars.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Science (1)
Title: What’s the Matter: A Sinker or Floater?
Description: Students will to explore matter that sinks or floats when submerged in water and that matter is categorized as either a sinker or a floater. Students will work actively in small, cooperative learning groups as well as gather in a whole group setting with the teacher. Students will be afforded opportunities to experience different types of matter and materials to explore whether objects sink or float. Moreover, students will understand that an object’s ability to sink or float is a physical property of that object.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Science (1)
Title: Jelly Beans Add Up
Description: The lesson will explore counting, sorting, and graphing skills. The lesson provides students an exciting and fun way of exploring and internalizing graphing, sorting, and counting skills. Realistically, the students will discover what color jelly bean is contained more often than any other color in a standard bag of jelly beans. Moreover, students will be investigating probability. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Why Does It Rain?
Description: The focus of this lesson is to demonstrate how rain occurs. Through trade books, Internet exploration and a teacher-led experiment, students become familiar with the water cycle.


Subject: Science (1)
Title: Bubble Bubble
Description: This lesson will help young students understand the shape and movement of bubbles. Students will predict, practice, and record results as they blow bubbles with different-shaped objects.


Subject: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Exploring Plant Leaves
Description: During this lesson, first grade students become plant explorers. They explore the Internet and take a nature walk to learn the similarities and differences in plants and leaves.


Subject: Science (1)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #7: Spiders
Description: In this lesson students will learn the body parts of a spider and write addition/subtractions sentences using spiders. The class will go on a nature walk to find spiders and spider webs. Finally, the students will complete a science experiment to learn how spiders eat.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science
Title: Rock Hunters      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson centers on students making detailed observations of rocks. Through their observations, students begin to develop an understanding that there are many types of rocks with a multitude of different attributes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Disappearing Water      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series, students observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students compare and contrast the sets of observations over time. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as a solid, liquid, or a gas depending on the temperature, pressure, and nature of that substance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Melting and Freezing      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the last in a three-part series, students investigate how melting and freezing impact the amount of three separate everyday items--water, chocolate, and margarine. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as solids, liquids, or gases depending on the temperature, pressure and nature of that substance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Sink or Float?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students make predictions about which objects will float in water. Students then test the objects and observe whether they sink or float. Finally, students use the activity sheet provided to classify objects according to their buoyancy. Related literature and on-line activities are also incorporated into the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Let It Roll!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two part series on ramp building, students explore ramps, discuss why different ramps work better than others, and practice procedures for testing designs and recording results. These activities provide a good starting point for the follow up lesson, in which students attempt to design, build, and test their own ramps.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pan Balance -- Shapes      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, provides an interesting environment in which students can consider the concept of equivalence. The interactive pan balance uses multiple shapes with different values, allowing students to investigate what happens as different shapes are placed on the balance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Science
Title: Hatching Chickens      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Science NetLinks, is intended to help students understand the importance of carefully observing and caring for eggs and chickens in the classroom. Students come to realize that they can learn a lot about chickens--and animals in general--through close observation.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: I Wonder: Writing Scientific Explanations With Students      Add Bookmark
Description: Students choose a question to explore, research it using a variety of resources, organize their information on a TCF chart, and then collaboratively write a class scientific explanation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts      Add Bookmark
Description: Students listen to fiction and nonfiction read-alouds and explore selected Websites to identify factual information about animals. This lesson focuses on ants, but can be adapted to any animal.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Rocks      Add Bookmark
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, presents a slide show of different types of rocks and minerals.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts, Science
Title: Modeling Shadows      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, one of a four-part series on the sky, students construct models to demonstrate their understanding of shadows. The lesson uses the book Bear Shadow, by Frank Asch.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Magnify It!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students view objects of various sizes from several viewing distances to discover that their visual field is limited. Students record what they see and compare their observations with classmates in an open, nonjudgmental forum. They have the opportunity to speculate about and experiment freely with magnifying glasses and also conduct more structured experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Health - Safety - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Prepare Yourself!      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces U.S. students to natural hazards that occur across their country and in their home region. They learn where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or severe thunderstorms are likely to occur and find out which type of event is most likely to happen near their home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, in which students research worms in order to create a classroom habitat, incorporates reading and writing across content areas as well as math and science activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Ramp Builder      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students plan, build, and test a ramp that allows objects to roll far. They create the plans for their ramps by evaluating a variety of materials provided by the teacher.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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