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Beetles
This is a multi-part activity on insect morphology that trains students to observe the body structures characteristic of particular groups of insects. Students gather information they need in order to identify beetles they have collected outdoors. ...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Insects, Beetles


Building a Tipi
This is a multi-part activity on aerodynamics that demonstrates the importance of shape and size on an object's wind resistance. Students make their own paper models of two different shapes (a box-shaped house and a cone-shaped tipi) to test and...    View Details »

Key Concepts: physical science, aerodynamics, wind resistance, structural shape, engineering


Diverse Uses of Plants
This is a two-part activity lesson that teaches students how plants and plant products are important in many aspects of our daily lives. Students dye cotton materials using plants as dye sources and then weave using the colored yarns. They learn...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Plants, Uses of Plants


Finding Phases of the Moon
This is a lesson on lunar phases that teaches students about planetary movements and how the relative positions of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon determine how we see the Moon. Students observe and record daily the changing shape of the Moon for...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Revolution & Rotation, Lunar Phases


Forest Fire Smoke
This activity on forest fires and their atmospheric side-effects teaches students the significance of massive fires common in the American West during summer months, as well as atmospheric condensation caused by smoke. Students research and discuss...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Water Condensation, Smoke Dispersal


Introducing Butterflies
This is a multi-part lesson on butterflies that teaches students about the diversity of the insect world and about the several stages of insect life cycles, each with its own structure and behavior. Students observe, compare, and describe these...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Insects, Butterflies


Introducing Movement and Mapping
This is a lesson on describing and mapping movement that teaches students about position and motion in the physical world. Students observe, describe, and record examples of position and motion relative to themselves and to other students. A...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Position & Motion, Paths & Maps


Newton's First Law -- Balancing Egg Demo
Introduce students to Newton's 1st law of motion with this demo using eggs. Students make predictions and explanations and work together in groups to explain what happens in terms of inertia. The demo itself only takes about 15 -20 minutes depending...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Newton's First Law


Newton's Laws - Bottle Rocket Lab
In this lesson students learn about each of Newton’s laws individually by building rockets.    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Newton's First, Second, and Third Laws of Motion


Newton's Laws - Car Lab
This lab incorporates all of Newton’s Laws of Motion, the primary emphasis however, is on Newton’s second and third laws because students will discover that their car will travel different distances based on the...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Newton's Second and Third Laws of motion


Newton's Second Law -- Lead Ball Demo
Students have been introduced to Newton's 2nd law of motion and we've talked about some basic real world examples of the law as well as using the equation F=ma to solve problems. I like to do this demo as an inquiry activity asking the students a...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Newton's Second Law


Newton's Third Law -- Match Rocket Lab
Students have been introduced to Newton's 3rd law of motion and we've talked about some basic real world examples of the law. I like to do this demo as an inquiry activity asking the students a lot of questions prior to the lab and letting them try...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Newton's Third Law of Motion


Pemmican Protein
This is a classroom activity on making dried pemmican that teaches students about basic nutrition and the importance of protein in the diet. Students cooperate to make the dehydrated food in class, then record their individual observations. A...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Food & Nutrition, Proteins


Plant Diversity and Reproduction
This is a multi-activity lesson on plant structures that teaches students about the diversity of the plant world and about several stages of plant life cycles. Students observe, compare, and describe plant structures both verbally and in drawings. ...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Plants, Plant Structures


The History of Rocketry
This lesson will cover the history of rocketry in the United Sates within the context ofacademics, industry and the military. The lesson will be taught through the analysis of primary and secondary sources to foster critical thinking and...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, History of Science, Newton's Laws of Motion