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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: The Relationship between Atomic Number, Atomic Radius, and Ionization Energy 
Description: Students will determine the relationship between atomic number and atomic size to see whether there is a definite pattern. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who Wants to Know the Periodic Table?
Description: The purpose of the project is to help the students gain an in depth knowledge of the Periodic Table of Elements. The periodic table is the very backbone of chemistry. In order for the students to be successful in chemistry, they must be able to understand, apply, interpret and evaluate the Periodic Table of Elements. In order to successfully meet this goal, students must do more than merely write a paper or read the textbook. The project will require research, critical thinking, application of knowledge, evaluation of facts and data, creativity, and the use of technology.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
Description: This activity allows students to review their knowledge of monatomic and polyatomic ions.  After rolling the ion dice, the students will write the correct chemical formula and name for the compound "rolled".This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: "Electron"-ic Battleship
Description: The students will play a game of Battleship on the Periodic Table to review electron configuration of the elements.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Burn Baby Burn!
Description: The students will review the concepts of electromagnetic spectrum, properties of light, and the transition from ground to excited state of electrons in atoms. In laboratory groups, the students will identify the characteristic light emitted by excited metallic ions and use their results to identify an unknown metallic ion. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Life Form
Description: In this particular lesson, the students will create an unknown life form and planet. The creation of the life forms will begin at the chemical level and be explained throughout the levels of organization to the level of organism. The life form has to represent the basic characteristics of life such as reproduction, growth and development, response to stimuli, etc.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: Exploring the Halogens - Group 17 Elements
Description: In this lesson students will review the location of the halogens on the Periodic Table. In addition students will use a lab investigation to explore the chemical and physical properties of the elements in this group. 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: 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: 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: 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: Mathematics
Title: Radioactive Decay: A Sweet Simulation of Half-Life      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the second lesson in a three-part series about isotopes, radioactive decay, and the nucleus, students are asked to simulate radioactive decay by pouring small candies and counting which candies fall with their manufacturer's mark down or up. The exercise they go through of predicting and successively counting the number of remaining '' mark-side up'' candies should help them understand that rates of decay of unstable nuclei can be measured, that the exact time that a certain nucleus will decay cannot be predicted, and that it takes a very large number of nuclei to find the rate of decay.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Carbon: Structure Matters      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to explore the molecular structure of matter and how it can affect the physical characteristics of a specific material.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Isotopes of Pennies      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-lesson series about isotopes, radioactive decay, and the nucleus, helps students build their understanding of the properties of matter. Specifically, it helps them understand that average atomic mass is not a simple average, but is weighted according to percent abundance. Before working on this lesson, students should be familiar with the periodic table and should have had some basic instruction in the following concepts: isotopes, mass number, and atomic number.
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Grade Span: 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



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