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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), 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: 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: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Vibrations We Can See, Feel and Hear
Description: This four-part lesson allows students to explore the question of how sounds are made. Using wooden rulers, tongue depressors and tuning forks, students will explore and experience sound. Students will use what they have learned to create instruments. Throughout the unit students will use technology to record their thoughts and observations.


Subject: Science (K - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted Dead or Alive!
Description: In this lesson students will identify the characteristics of living and nonliving things.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts!! (Writing)
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will describe the characteristics of a peanut and peanut butter (using their five senses) and record their observations/descriptions on a graphic organizer. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a Five-Step Sequence Think-sheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


Subject: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fundamentally Fish
Description: The science portion of this lesson provides opportunities for students to recognize that structure and function are directly related to specific animals and to their survival. The body shape and the position and size of the mouth of a fish tell a great deal about where it lives and what it eats. A basic computer research component orients students to fundamental processes of online investigation.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Yummy Apples!
Description: Students will identify, explore and graph characteristics of several different types of apples.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Leo Lionni’s Little Blue and Little Yellow
Description: Students will use Leo Lionni’s literature and his website to learn about the author, mix primary colors, summarize and rewrite a story, and use graphing skills to determine the classes’ favorite color.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Sampling Rocks      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is for students to learn about sampling through an investigation of rocks found in the schoolyard. In this lesson, students collect and analyze a sampling of rocks from the schoolyard. They sort the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that can be found in the schoolyard.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science, Mathematics
Title: It Counts      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is designed to help students understand and reinforce how numbers are assigned to objects, as well as encourage them to think about more, less, or equal values. In the lesson, students are asked to describe, compare, and classify plants. Students should be able to use numbers concretely and descriptively to count as they make specific observations about plants.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
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: Mathematics, Science
Title: Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students look at a complex system when they create their own play dough by taking several parts and creating a whole. Through their constructions, students gain an understanding that individual parts are used to make a whole.
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



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