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Area of solids
Finding area of rectangular solids and cylinders by cutting them into flat pieces and adding the areas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–12 Mathematics)
By Dorothy Carawan.
A geometric field trip
Students conduct a field trip around the school (inside and out) looking for examples of geometric shapes. They record their findings using a digital camera and present their findings in a multimedia presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
Designing for speed and distance
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 3
In this lesson, students will learn about factors engineers must balance when designing a car. Students will find that not only must engineers consider the actual car design, but also road design and fuel limitations. Students will apply some of their new knowledge as they continue to work on their own car designs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
Painted cylindrical sculptures
Students will experiment painting a variety of lines as directed in addition to inventing their own on 12" x 18" paper. Students will also glue pre-cut paper strips onto their sculptures experimenting with a variety of paper sculpture techniques such as bending, folding and curling.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Rose Szabo.
Solid graphing
The students will review solid figures using a baggie of assorted snack mix (cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres) and will begin a vertical bar graph showing the number of each solid figure in a bag of assorted snack mix.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lisa Fletcher.
Juicy Juice Box
Students will be able to use their knowledge of volume and surface area through this fun, hands-on activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Sheila Martin.
Marker-assisted selection
In this lesson students will learn about marker-assisted selection in trees. Marker-assisted selection is an indirect selection process where a trait of interest is selected based on a marker linked to a trait of interest. Students will conduct two labs. In one, they will extract DNA from a peach and in the other, they will use gel electrophoresis to test tree DNA for frost resistance.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
Dear Tootsie Roll company
The students will measure the surface area and wrapper area of five pieces of candy. Using appropriate formulas and measuring techniques, they will complete information needed for a spreadsheet and database. Students wrap up the lesson by writing a letter to the company with the most wasted paper to explain how the waste affects them as consumers and a suggestion for correcting the problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Tonya Thompson.
How do chemists measure?
In Why does chemistry matter in my life?, page 2
In this lesson, students learn about metric conversion and scientific notation by completing a lab in which they mix a gold solution with a sodium citrate solution and observe the subsequent chemical changes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Lisa Hibler.
Does it float? Exploring density
Density is a property of matter that requires abstract understanding from your students. This lesson plan is a hands-on lab for exploring the concepts of mass, volume, density, and their relationship. This lab achieves several 8th grade science objectives and incorporates mathematical objectives as well. The lab can easily be used as an introductory lab for the year, thus covering not only the content objectives, but also procedures for completing labs throughout the course of the year.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Trish Loudermilt.
The woman at the wheel
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.10
Magazine article from 1915 predicting that technological improvements in automobiles would make them easier for women to drive and, therefore, more popular. The author praises the effect the car will have on dispersing population. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: magazine/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 3
Students will determine the density of two unknown liquids by collecting mass and volume data. Each group of students will be given a different volume of the liquids to measure, they will combine their data to create a graph. Using the graph students will determine the density of the two liquids by calculating the slope of the two lines. Students will also use a graphing calculator to determine the slope of the two lines.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Fluid Properties and scale models: Applying the Reynolds Number
In A mathematical model to describe fluid behavior, page 3
During this lesson, students will gain a more realistic understanding of the use of scale models and understand that conditions beyond similarity of the objects are necessary for a scale model to function in the same manner as the actual object. The students will gain knowledge of how the properties of fluids, specifically density and viscosity, affect the movement of fluid around objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Jenny Rucker.
Exploring properties of matter with submersibles
This inquiry-based learning activity allows students to explore the relationships between mass, volume, density, and buoyancy as they manipulate various materials to construct a submersible “vehicle” for deep-sea research.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science)
By Miriam Sutton.
Submarines: Using mass, volume and density to create a working submarine
The students will design a submarine that will float, subsurface, sink, and return once again to the water's surface by external manipulation of the submarine outside of an aquarium. In order to accomplish this, the students will use not only the concepts of mass, volume, and density but will also integrate buoyancy and ballast in their submarine design.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Amy Koonce.
Mini totem poles
Students will create mini totem poles using paper towel tubes and Crayola Model Magic clay. Totem poles of Northwest Coast Indian tribes will be explored.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Mary Ann Athens.
Reaction stoichiometry: How can we make chalk?
In Why does chemistry matter in my life?, page 4
In this lesson plan, students will explore the variety of chemical processes that produce chalk and determine which is the most cost-effective and efficient. Students create a small-scale process in the lab and evaluate the requirements for a larger-scale process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Lisa Hibler.
Light and shadows: Lightness and darkness in space
In The Earth and Sun: Investigations for the third grade, page 5
In this lesson, students will learn that light travels in straight lines until reflected or scattered by objects in its path. They will discover how this fact leads to the existence of shadows. Students will explore how an object's size, shape, position, and orientation determines the shadow it creates and how it is affected by a particular light source.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Science)
By Ronen Plesser and John Heffernan.
Black ice: A slippery arctic road
In this lesson, students investigate the effects of black carbon on arctic warming.
Format: lesson plan
By DeeDee Whitaker and Katherine Whang.Edited by Dana Haine.

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Cylinders and scale
In this lesson, students learn about the extreme limits of scale. This lesson is designed to build upon students' ability to build structures and to learn about mathematical and engineering relationships like length, area, and volume. Once students have... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
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