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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (8)
Title: Mad Scientist Jam Too!  
Description: This activity will serve as an interactive culminating activity for surface area. Specifically, the students will get an opportunity to create a rap, song, or chant utilizing information they have learned and discussed about surface area. Students may use notes or other information approved by the teacher on surface area. Teachers may allow students to incorporate instrumental music to enhance the activity. All performances will be videotaped. This activity was created for a module entitled Exploring the Surface Area with the Mad Scientist (TU Math & Science Partnership Project). 


Subject: Science (8)
Title: Mr. Alka-Seltzer Plus
Description: The rate at which a chemical reaction will proceed is directly related to the amount of surface area of the reactants present. Changing the amount of surface area of one of the reactants present will change the amount of time it takes for the reaction to occur. When too much acid builds in your stomach, it will tend to feel upset. Medicine such as, Alka-Seltzer, has been developed to relieve your upset stomach. This experiment will explore the rate at which an Alka-Seltzer tablet will cure an upset stomach based on the amount of surface area each tablet possess.


Subject: Science (8)
Title: The Balloon Inflator
Description: This experiment is designed to demonstrate the effect that surface area has on a gas releasing chemical reaction. In this experiment, carbon dioxide gas is released when vinegar (an acid) is mixed with baking soda (a base). Depending on the amount of surface area of the baking soda available to react, one chemical reaction will release gas faster than the other. This activity was created for a module entitled Exploring the Surface Area with the Mad Scientist (TU Math & Science Partnership Project).


Subject: Science (5 - 8)
Title: I'm So Crushed
Description: In this activity, students will have an opportunity to solve a mystery. They will discover why a soda can collapses during a demonstration due to the effects of changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. Students will gain further insight in the process of scientific inquiry as they suggest questions that need to be answered in order to solve the mystery at hand.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 (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Physical and Chemical Changes, A Demonstration
Description: Students will compare and contrast physical and chemical changes. They will view a website describing the components of cosmetics. Students will aid the teacher in preparing a dessert made with physical and chemical changes. 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 (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What burns when a candle burns? An Introduction to Using the Scientific Method
Description: In this hands-on lesson, the class is divided into small groups and required to use the scientific method to discover what burns in a candle and why. The steps reinforce this methodical approach to solving what initially appears to be a simple question. In this exercise, students will use the scientific method to discover the purpose of a candle's wick and how radiation allows candle wax to change from solid to liquid to gas, thus allowing the wicking action necessary for combustion to occur.


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Subject: Science
Title: A Matter of State      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to help students understand that particle movement changes as a substance changes from one phase to another. Before this lesson, students should have been introduced to the notion that matter may go through different phase changes. They should understand that temperature plays an important role in what state a particular type of matter is found. Students should be familiar with solids, liquids, and gases. They should also understand that heating and cooling a system can impact the phase of that matter. Contains investigation / experiment.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Liquid Density and Oil Spills      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students conduct a simple experiment demonstrating the variable densities of corn syrup, water, glycerin, and vegetable oil. Students then transfer this concept to an examination of cleanup methods used in the Exxon Valdez oil spill. They conclude by writing paragraphs hypothesizing what would happen during an oil spill if oil and water were the same density and therefore mixed together easily.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Cold Car Start      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science
Title: Popsicle Flavors      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the reasons homemade popsicles never taste quite as good as those bought in the store. 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



Subject: Science
Title: My Angle on Cooling: Effects of Distance and Inclination      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students discuss what heat is and how it travels. They discover that one way to cool an object in the presence of a heat source is to increase the distance from it or change the angle at which it is faced. Students perform experiments that measure how the heat experienced by a test subject changes as the distance or the viewing angle changes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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