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Albert Einstein
In The Walking Classroom, page 7
In this lesson for fifth grade language arts and science, students listen to a podcast about Albert Einstein and discuss his life and contributions to science.
Format: lesson plan
Amazing liquid conductor
Students will mix a variety of liquid solutions together to see if they will light a light bulb in a electrical circuit. They will be able to identify liquid electrical conductors and nonconductors. Also they will be able to identify that liquid solutions that contain a noticeable amount of acid or salt are good conductors of electricity. Each group of students will make a closed circuit to test their solutions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 6 Science)
By Martha Martin.
Two units of biomusicology instruction for grades 2–3 and 4–5. Your students will be fascinated by these lessons that cover the miracles of animal communication, the mechanics of sound, and their connections to the field of music.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Blast off the wet way
This lesson takes 6–10 days and includes math classes in which students will serve as observers and will calculate the height that the rocket reached and time elapsed. In the science class the students will design, build, launch, and do a detailed analysis of the acceleration, speed, and force produced by water-filled two-liter rockets.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By Jack Curtis.
Classification of matter
Students are introduced to the concept of different kinds of matter. Students create models of different substances to learn to identify the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures. This lesson is developed so that teachers can use it with English as a Second Language students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Development and Science)
By Anya Childs and Rhonda Garrett.
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.
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.
Energy: Concepts and careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.9
In this lesson for grade 6, students will analyze the law of conservation of energy and will apply energy concepts to skateboarding. Students will also explore careers related to energy.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Exploring mechanical advantage with simple machines
In Work, power, and machines, page 2
This lesson is part of the unit "Work, power, and machines." In this lesson, students will conceptually and quantitatively explore ideal and actual mechanical advantage with three simple machines: the lever (second- and third-class), the inclined plane, and the pulley.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Tara Blalock.
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.
The five senses: Hearing
We hear through movement of the ear drum which is tightly stretched across the ear canal and vibrates when air waves push it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Science)
By Wicky Porch.
Forensic scientists: Identifying unknown substances
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 5.10
In this lesson, students use the physical properties of three mystery substances to determine their identities. Students discuss how these skills apply to careers in forensic science.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Science)
By Tammy Johnson and Martha Tedrow.
g: A pendulum
Students will time the periods of pendulums to determine if length or mass affects them. Students can then use a pendulum to calculate the acceleration of gravity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Bill Sowell.
Grocery store matter
The lesson stimulates students' thought processes and makes students aware of the things around them by teaching them about the three kinds of matter and their properties.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Science)
By Indiana Jennette.
Let's hear it for sound!
This lesson will help students build an understanding of the concepts of sound (vibration, pitch) through participation in a variety of hands-on experiments. By observing, predicting, and analyzing results, students can actively investigate the science of sound.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Science)
By Carol Helms.
Levers and mechanical advantage
In Work, power, and machines, page 1
This lesson is part of the unit "Work, power, and machines." In this lesson, students will be introduced to the basic principles of all machines and review the six simple machines. They will use a first class lever to explore the relationship between fulcrum position and effort force required to operate the lever.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Tara Blalock.
Magic water and convection
This lesson will give students a demonstration of how heat affects water particles.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By JoAnne Pearson.
Magnetic magic
Students will explore and experiment with a magnet's mysterious invisible strength by rotating through five hands-on centers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Thelma Pike.
Making “Oobleck”
The students will discuss what they think will happen when mixing specific ingredients to create an unknown substance labeled “Oobleck.” Next, the students will work together in small groups of four or five to create this substance. Finally, the students will individually illustrate and write one to three sentences describing the results.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts and Science)
By Paige Hoffman.