ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Science (8 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Mentos, Soda, and Nucleation
Description: In this lesson, Mentos candy and different types of soda are used to show examples of nucleation, surface tension, surface area, polar attractions, and supersaturated materials. A video will be used to show the examples and the students will then work in groups to determine what their hypothesis is about what is happening and why. The students will be given a chance to debate with other students about why their hypothesis is correct. This lesson could be used in eighth grade physical science, physical science, chemistry, and/or physics.
Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Separation of a Mixture
Description: Students will use their knowledge of physical properties to separate a mixture of four ingredients. The students are required to design their own laboratory procedure for separating the mixture. The separation process itself encourages mastery of several laboratory techniques.
Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Qualitative Analysis Project
Description: Students, working in groups, will identify four unknown substances using analysis procedures practiced in the lab throughout the school year. They will collect data, research the unknown substances, and report findings in a slideshow presentation and web page, and collect an industry brochure.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Title: Pizza Cheese
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why the cheese on pizza tastes different when it is reheated versus when it is originally baked. 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