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Subject: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: May the Force Be With You!
Description: The goal of this lesson is to provide students with hands on experiences, while learning about magnets. This lesson engages students in experiments which explore magnet use. An emphasis is placed on open-ended questions which encourage students to ask questions to each other.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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: This lesson will teach students about simple machines. Students will have an opportunity to explore and identify simple machines used in their everyday lives. Students will enjoy learning as they play a game on the Internet about simple machines. 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 (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: During this lesson students learn about the six types of simple machines. They define each type of machine, experiment with each type, utilize the Internet to explore each type of machine, and build their own simple machine. This lesson is designed for third grades students but can be adapted for second grade.


Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Magnet Mania
Description: Students will discover the power of magnets through this interactive lesson. First, students will participate in a virtual field trip. Afterwards, students will create electronic posters about magnets using information learned during the field trip.


Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Do Magnets Work?
Description: During this lesson students will examine magnets and determine that they have two poles (north and south). They will observe which poles attract and which poles repel.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Levers - Weight Lifters
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore levers through hands-on experiences and by navigating the Internet. This lesson allows students to use their experiences to determine how levers and other simple machines make work easier.


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Subject: Science
Title: Buoyant Boats      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to design and construct a boat that takes into account factors such as buoyancy, the properties of materials, and design constraints. In this lesson, students design and construct a boat out of aluminum foil and a few other simple materials. The boats are then tested by floating them in a pool or sink and by adding mass until they sink. While students may not be able to articulate it, they intuitively begin to understand the scientific laws required for the design of the boat, including buoyancy and Archimedes Principle. They also explore shapes of boats and construction techniques that may work for the boats.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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.
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Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Break It Down!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore the everyday implications of system failure and are challenged to identify the causes. There are two prerequisite lessons for this lesson: Systems 1: Simple Machines and Systems 2: Systems, Up, Up and Away! In the first lesson, students observe the interaction of parts and establish a framework for understanding system. In the second lesson, students explore how changing parts or amounts of parts can impact the properties of a system. This lesson asks students to further their experience by exploring the everyday impacts of system failure and challenges them to identify the causes of failure.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5



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: Science
Title: Sink It      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is designed to develop students' understanding of sinking and floating. Students first classify a group of common objects by a characteristic of their own choosing. Then they reclassify the same group of objects by their predictions about whether each item will float or sink in water. As a group, they design an experiment to test their predictions (hypotheses).
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Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science
Title: Does Soap Float?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students form hypotheses and carry out an investigation in order to answer a central question: Does soap float? They then demonstrate their understanding of the topic through oral or written reports.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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