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Transpiration lab
In this activity, your students will observe the process of transpiration. They will determine the rate of transpiration for one plant branch.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Sadie Buie, James Caldwell, Jeanette Fredericks, Janice Shue, Katie Wadsworth, and Tracy Watson.
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.
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.
Convection currents
Students work together to show convection currents in the air. They construct a paper propeller that will be caused to spin as a result of the transfer of heat energy through the air.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Jillian Dube.
Density of common liquids
Each lab team will determine the density of water and one of the sample liquids. The class will then compile their information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Sansia Coble.
Paint lab
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 8
In this lab, students create colors for their car designs. Students must precisely record the formula for their color creations so that others could replicate the color exactly.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–9 Visual Arts Education and Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
The germination of a tree
In this lesson students will attempt to germinate tree seeds and observe the interior of a seed under a microscope.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
Density
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.
Looking closely at a tree: Introduction to phenotype
In this lesson, students will sharpen their observation skills by looking closely at the parts of a slender tree branch. After learning the terms phenotype and genotype in a presentation and class discussion, they will examine the cambium layer and an apical bud from their branches under a microscope.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
Pollution plume
The students will simulate a plume to illustrate point source and non-point source pollution.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Science)
By Jennifer Smith.
Isotopic pennies
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 6
In this lesson, student use a system of equations to determine the number of each type of “atom” in a closed container.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Building a stratovolcano
Students will review the three types of volcanoes. Students will construct a stratovolcano and determine the composition of each type of volcano. Students will research examples of stratovolcanoes using internet resources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8–12 Science)
By Jessica Bohn.
Lactase enzyme lab
This lab will examine the specificity of an enzyme (lactase) to a specific substrate (lactose). Students will observe the actions of the enzyme and how shape is important to enzyme reactions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Bert Wartski.
Giving can be fun
The purpose of this lesson is to incorporate the use of writing in a friendly letter format to foster the spirit of giving and sharing within the classroom. Using word processing, the students will create a friendly letter that will be shared with classmates in the spirit of giving and sharing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Sue Hunnicutt.
Half-life
In Integrating Chemistry and Algebra II, page 5
This activity integrates Chemistry and Algebra II by using the concepts of half-life and exponential decay. Half-life is a way for students to see a real-life use of exponential decay functions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Jennifer Elmo.
Material resiliency in safety harnesses
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 5
In this lesson, students will test their hypotheses about the type of fabric most suitable for a safety harness.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–10 English Language Arts and Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
LEARN NC lesson plans
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 3.4
This page provides links to LEARN NC middle school lesson plans that may be altered to include philosophical elements.
Format: bibliography
Tour the United States
Students will combine classroom, library time, and computer lab time to research and construct knowledge about 49 U.S. states. (Students will not research their home state.) Students will use their new research knowledge and the resources provided to construct a presentation on their assigned state using PowerPoint or some other presentation program.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Karl Schaefer.
Spin, toss, and roll!
Students will use hands-on experiments to find the probability that certain events will occur.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Carol Baldwin.
Patterns galore!
Students will create patterns using Kidspiration software.
Format: lesson plan (grade Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Michele Tipton.