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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Need for Speed
Description: After viewing an introductory illustrated podcast on speed, distance, time, and velocity, students explore distance-time graphs using interactive websites. Working in cooperative learning groups, students will investigate the motion of toy pull-back racers and collect data to analyze the speed of the cars between various positions marked on the race track. Students will use the data to create graphs, analyze data and present findings to the class.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8), or Science (8)
Title: Incline Plane and the Crashing Marble
Description: Students will measure the effects of the height of an inclined plane on the force a marble produces to move a plastic, foam, or paper cup across a table. Students will discover that the higher the incline plane, the more force produced by the marble, which moves the cup a greater distance. Students will also learn how to graph data and discover the appropriate graph to use for comparison.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: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!!
Description: Working in cooperative learning groups, students research early astronauts, both men and women. They research various rocket and space shuttle designs. With this information, they use Newton's laws to plan, design, and create a paper rocket. 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: Newton's Laws of Motion
Description: Students use toy cars, a CBR sonic motion detector, and pennies to investigate Newton's Laws of Motion.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



Subject: Science
Title: Exploring Pendulums       Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore Web sites with simulations of pendulums, where they are able to change the length and angle of the bob and observe its effects. They then construct and test their own controlled-falling systems, or pendulums, to further observe and verify these theories. This lesson helps students understand concepts related to how gravitational forces act on objects by exploring the motion of pendulums.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Billiard Break      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the probability of sinking all 15 balls on the opening break of a game of pool. 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, Social Studies
Title: Wheelchairs      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about an organization that counts on some of the world's poorest countries to develop some of the most innovative new ideas in wheelchair design and manufacturing. 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: Mathematics,Science
Title: Inclined Plane      Add Bookmark
Description: In this multiple-day activity, from Illuminations, students time balls rolling down inclines of varying lengths and heights. They then try to make inferences about the relationships among the variables involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Putting the Ice in Hockey      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore a Web site to learn that what happens at the surface of ice to give it its slippery nature can be explained by molecular motion. Students should be familiar with solids, liquids, and gases prior to this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Travel in the Solar System      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, affords students the opportunity to think about two aspects of the time required to complete space travel within the solar system. First, students consider the amount of time that space travelers must spend on the journey. Second, students think about what kinds of events might occur on Earth while the space travelers are on their journey. Thinking about both situations improves students' concept of time and distance as well as their understanding of the solar system.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Gravity Launch      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive tool, created by Science NetLinks, allows students to virtually launch a rocket into space to see how the force of gravity can pull an object toward the earth and moon. Students can also experiment with different thrust and angle settings to learn how these settings change the motion of the rocket. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 3-5, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science
Title: The Bicycle as a System      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson gives students an opportunity to examine the nature of systems in the context of an object with which they are very familiar--the bicycle. Students identify the properties of the various subsystems of a bicycle and examine how they relate to the whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Ping-Pong Avalanches      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. 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: Fuel-saving Speed      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. 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: It's a Crash Test, Dummy      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson investigates automobile air bags. It begins with an Internet exploration of how air bags in cars were developed and examines some of the safety issues surrounding air bags. Students then do a chemistry lab in which they mix baking soda and vinegar in a Ziploc bag to recreate an air bag. Then students perform a crash test with a raw egg.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Rocket Launch      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore design considerations of model rockets. They consider how model rockets are similar to real rockets (in design and flight), as well as how they are different due to the constraints placed upon them such as size and intended user.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 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



Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. 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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