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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8)
Title: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections of Light
Description: Students will learn about the reflective behaviors of light, and the wave and particle nature of light. Students will also recognize congruency of angles.


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 8), or Science (8)
Title: Transverse Waves
Description: Students will classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic. Students will describe longitudinal and transverse waves. Students will show a transverse wave using a slinky.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: Ultraviolet Radiation
Description: An interactive PowerPoint will be used to introduce the electromagnetic spectrum. Students use UV beads to observe changes caused by the sun's rays and evaluate sunscreen effectiveness. Harmful effects of UV exposure will be described along with preventative measures.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: Sonar Mapping of the Ocean Floor
Description: Mapping the ocean floor must be done by indirect observation. One method involves bouncing a sonar signal off of the ocean floor and measuring the length of time this signal takes to return. This length can be translated into distance: Distance=Speed of Sound X Time/2. In this lab, students will be making indirect observations using a wooden rod as the "sonar signal."


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Subject: Science
Title: Converting Energy      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use the Internet to introduce students to energy through the idea of energy transformations and conversions and to develop students' ideas of what energy is and how it can be measured.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Harnessing Solar Energy      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to discover the properties of light (radiant) energy from the sun by experimenting with solar collectors, cookers, and calculators. This investigation could be the beginning of a unit on the many forms of energy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: Predicting Earthquakes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Making Light of Science      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series on light, is to introduce students to the electromagnetic spectrum, focusing on visible light. Students are introduced to the idea that all light travels as waves, and that wavelength defines the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: The Lighter Side of Color      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a three-part series on light, focuses on the idea that we can see objects because they either emit or reflect light. It discusses the way light is reflected, absorbed, and scattered to allow certain wavelengths to reach the eye, leading to a perception of different colors. It is an introductory exploration and would be best if complemented with hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Reading in the Dark      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possible effects of reading in low light. 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.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Solar Blind      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. 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: Looking into Space      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students learn how telescopes work, build a model of their own, and consider how real telescopes can be used to ask--and help answer--questions about the universe. This activity is based on instructions and information from the Exploratorium Web site.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Cell Phone Traffic      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a new use for cell phone signals. Many people stuck in traffic pass the time or take care of business by making calls on their cell phone. Now, scientists have found another way to put that talk time to work by using cell phone signals to monitor traffic flow. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Dryer Sheets      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how the old saying opposites attract relates to your laundry. Positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles, which can cause static cling in clothing. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Snow Goggles      Add Bookmark
Description: The aim of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to illustrate how the scientific method can be used to solve different kinds of problems. As part of this lesson, students build snow goggles similar to those used by the Inuit peoples. Students also create their own version of the goggles to improve upon existing designs and compare the process used to invent snow goggles with that employed by designers of the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Electromagnets      Add Bookmark
Description: In this E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, students read about electromagnets and how they are used in everyday life.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Finding Monster Waves      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the varying sizes of ocean waves, what causes the variation, and where to find giant waves. Students learn the parts of a wave and discuss wave height, wavelength, and wave period. They experiment with creating waves on the National Geographic Wave Simulator and discuss how geography affects waves.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Sound Wave      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students understand the mathematical models used to represent sound. Students come to understand the origins of the terms pitch, tone, frequency, and intensity, as well as explore the dynamics of a sound wave.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Do You Hear What I Hear?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the dynamics of a sound wave. Students use an interactive Java applet to view the effects of changing the initial string displacement and the initial tension.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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