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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Show Me The Money
Description: Just what is a penny worth? Students explore various websites or printed fact sheet investigating the history and changes in density of pre- and post- 1982 pennies. They will also research the current price of copper and zinc and compare the ratios or pre and post 1982 pennies. Students then complete a hands-on lab experiment to determine the mass, volume, and density of pre and post 1982 pennies. Students determine if the pennies are worth saving?


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: PERIODICally Used Elements
Description: This lesson explores the various uses of elements in the periodic table.  Students will be assigned an element to research.  They will then present its uses and atomic information to the class.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Periodic Table of Poetic Elements
Description: Each student will create a poem about an element on the periodic table. The poems will be placed in the appropriate "square" to create a large periodic table wall hanging. This project will require the collaborative work of several classes to create a complete periodic table.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 (9 - 12)
Title: Chemistry is Colorful!!!
Description: In this lesson, students are introduced to the 5 major types of chemical reactions. Each reaction type will be analyzed and specific examples will be noted. Students will then perform a lab investigation which includes each of the different reaction types.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: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Discovering Earth's History
Description: This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.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: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Minerals
Description: The students will gain information on the 5 characteristics of minerals. The information can be related to nonrenewable resources. This lesson should facilitate discussion on the difference in precious gems and semi-precious gems.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 (9 - 12)
Title: Emission Spectrum
Description: We will reintroduce the students to the electromagnetic spectrum and visible light. We will talk about the states of electrons(ground and excited). The teacher will show a video link (Electrons in Atoms). We will then preform the science in motion lab "Excited Elements."This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Health
Title: Zapping Fish      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about why fish generally are not electrocuted when lightning strikes the water they are swimming in. 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: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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