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In this unit, your students will study fossils. Fossils are any evidence of past plant or animal life contained in sediment or a sedimentary rock, from bones, shells or teeth to imprints of a dinosaur's foot. Students will see that to hold a fossil is to hold millions of years of history in their...
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Picking up, examining and collecting rocks can be the first steps in moving children toward an appreciation of geology and the “bones” of the Earth. Children can find a wide variety of rocks in many places, from the school yard to parks and driveways at home. Even very young children...
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If you ask the question “What is soil?” you will get many different answers, depending on whom you ask. If you ask an engineer planning a road project, you'll find that soil is the material that can be moved about without blasting. A geologist thinks of soil as the loosely packed...
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"Even the youngest learners are aware of weather. It's easy to understand why they are interested in this topic. Weather directly affects their plans for the day. It determines how they dress, and what gear-boots, mittens, umbrellas, sunscreen, etc.-to pack for an event. Rarely does weather stay the...
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How do you like your mashed potatoes? Thin and whipped smooth? Or thick and mashed into chunks? Your mouth checks out not just the taste of your food, but its viscosity, or how it flows on your tongue, every time you take a bite! In this science fair project, you'll learn what viscosity is, and how...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6
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At Mystery Science, our mission is to help children stay curious. Every lesson begins with a mystery that hooks your students. Each is then narrated with an unforgettable story with stunning images and videos punctuated with opportunities for discussion. Every lesson concludes with simple hands-on...
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Superheroes TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach students and their teachers and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science program, you...
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This site teaches students how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage. Students can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories, become a Disaster Action Kid and learn about FEMA. The Parents & Teachers page has activities, curriculum and safety information that can...
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This Globe contrail guide is in Spanish. View images and descriptions of contrails and their formation.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This is a Spanish version of the popular web site of Project 2061, the long-term science, mathematics, and technology education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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Portfolios, in assessment terms, are collections of students' work that demonstrate what they have learned and are able to do over a period of time. In science, it's a bit trickier to use the portfolio method to best advantage. Since the ultimate goal of the portfolio contents is to demonstrate...
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Pre-assessment tasks help you to find out what knowledge, experiences, skills and attitudes your students have before you begin any science instruction. In some instances, you might find it useful to have students write their responses to a short set of simple questions on the topic. Examples might...
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Long, and short-term projects are great ways of assesing students' knowledge and presentation skills at the same time. In projects, students typically solve a problem, investigate a sience issue, engage in a simulation, or a number of other activities. They then present their results in a variety of...
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Student interviews are discussions with students about their understanding of scientific concepts and phenomena. You can do these with individual students or small groups, while the rest of the class is doing independent work. You can also do interviews if you have a team-teaching arrangement.
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The Toshiba America Foundation is accepting applications from K-5 grade school teachers with innovative science or math projects. The foundation awards grants of up to ¤1-000 to K-5 teachers in public or private nonprofit schools in support of hands-on science or math education projects....
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The program will award up to twenty grants of ¤2,500 each in support of innovative creative leadership team-building programs at the elementary school level. In addition, each program will receive an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at ¤1,000. Examples of creative leadership...
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Fossilized dung beetle balls are part of a comprehensive fossil collection project to reconstruct the habitat of Ardipithecus ramidus.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Check out the Let's Fly Away activity. Children can interact online with an aircraft-covered dodecahedron. Or, print out the activity pages to learn about 12 different aircraft and build their own 3-D dodecahedron!
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Do you know a child who likes puzzles? Check out the Put It Together game to solve puzzles of NASA images. Choose from four different levels of difficulty.
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"The """"""""Space Lunch"""""""" game helps them learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits as they hunt for matching food groups."
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