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The human atom
Students will act out the role of atoms by dressing up as the atoms of designated elements. They will wear costumes with balloons representing valence electrons. The “atoms” will gain or lose valence electrons in order to achieve chemical stability. The students must then identify the charges of the ions formed.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Development and Science)
By Kamie Wine.
Electroplating: When is a penny worth less than one cent?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.8
In this lesson, students understand the chemical differences between pennies made before and after 1982, and gain an understanding of the process of electroplating.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Science)
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
Port of Wilmington
In Cape Fear estuaries: From river to sea, page 5
Moving to the south end of Wilmington we come to the ports. Ports and marinas are hard to avoid in estuaries, but large ports are worth a look. The ships visiting Wilmington's port are oceangoing cargo ships that need deep water to navigate. What does this...
By Steve Keith.
Chemical indicators of stream health
In Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study, page 5.1
Chemical attributes of a body of water help determine the number and diversity of organisms that it can support. Scientists measure a variety of chemical parameters to assess stream health, including pH, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids, turbidity,...
Format: article/classroom content
Conjunction of the Cape Fear River and the Northeast Cape Fear River
In Cape Fear estuaries: From river to sea, page 4
The town of Wilmington is located at the junction of the Northeast Cape Fear and Cape Fear rivers. In this photo the Cape Fear River is entering from the bottom. The water in the Cape Fear River is just turning salty as it reaches Wilmington, the zero salinity...
By Steve Keith.
Measuring total dissolved solids
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure the total dissolved solids of a water sample using a Vernier conductivity probe.
Format: video/demonstration
Jellybean equations
Students will build chemical compounds using jelly beans and toothpicks to visually balance chemical equations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Science)
By Nancy H. Sanders.
Cell theory and plant respiration
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.4
In this lesson, students conduct an experiment using plants to gain an understanding on the effects of sunlight on cell processes.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Science)
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
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.
Biomanufacturing: An inquiry lesson in growing cells
In this lesson, students are introduced to the biomanufacturing industry. To understand the intricacy of biomanufacturing pharmaceuticals, students will complete a cell growth activity. They will grow yogurt bacteria in milk media to try to produce lactic acid and adjust variables to try to optimize cell growth and the amount of product produced.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Science)
By Cinnamon Frame.

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The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere
Articles and information accompanied by realia-type images, a glossary, a timeline, and a teacher's guide that lead the student on a learning journey about the gases which fill most of space and are ruled by magnetic and electric forces rather than by gravity. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Dr. David Stern