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Students and adults have a lot of trouble envisioning the history of the universe, from the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, through the development of various structures in the cosmos and the evolution of life on Earth, to the present moment. In this activity, students will equate the full span of...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2004
"In this activity, students take a """"crayon rock"""" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create """"sediments"""" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the """"sediments"""" causing them to stick together. This...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Written by faculty at Illinois Valley Community College, this publication contains numerous hands-on activities to spark interest and build confidence in STEM skills. The activities can be used with both boys and girls and feature titles such as Buoyancy and Surface Tension, Edible Car Contest for...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Lockheed Martin's STEM education initiative for the middle level offers standards-based lesson plans, educator guides, and family activities to motivate students to learn about deep space exploration. The resources introduce a range of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Fossils give us an amazing picture of past life on Earth, because they are evidence of living things from long ago. Fossils can tell us about the living conditions, or environments, of ancient times. In this investigation, students will explore a set of fossils to determine the living conditions of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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This activity uses the Earthquake Machine, a mechanical model that illustrates the earthquake cycle, as a tool to investigate the behavior of fault systems. In the activity groups of students are presented with a claim about earthquakes. Using the Earthquake Machine, students design an investigation...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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We invite teachers and their students to study earthquakes via real accounts of earthquakes in our own region. It's easy with access to the Internet. 48 Intermountain West earthquakes that have occurred since 1876 have been researched by Earthquake Education Services (EES). Newspaper articles,...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9
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Published in 2007
There are many different maps of the same place, and not all information about a place can be put on the same map. For maps to communicate, they focus on showing a limited number of things. This activity teaches students what all maps can tell us. It also teaches students how to read a topographic...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Understanding how the pieces of the fossil puzzle fit together allows the paleontologist to imagine the earth as it was millions of years ago. Introduce the activity to the students by telling them that they are all paleontologists and have found many different fossils. Based upon those fossils,...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Grade 6-9 science teachers are invited to participate in a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is growing and changing with new data from current and recent lunar missions. In-service and pre-service grade 6-9 science teachers are encouraged to...
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NASA Next, an online magazine for students in grades 5-8, breaks down complex science to inform young readers about the latest news and research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Articles describe Goddard science, including studies of Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe; most...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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A new monthly video chat , streamed live in Spanish from the NASA Kennedy Space Center , promotes awareness of NASA's diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlights Hispanic professionals as role models working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields....
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This nation-wide, afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math learning program features games, projects, and hands-on activities that middle level students can use to investigate their local environment. The program also lets them use citizen science to document discoveries, share data,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Follow the adventures of Spectra, a middle school superhero who possesses the powers of a laser beam. Through eight volumes (with a ninth on the way), Spectra and friends meet and overcome challenges and obstacles through physical science, addressing topics such as power, force, heat energy, water...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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By Gladeo
"This career exploration site can help middle and high school students discover their strengths, explore interesting career options, and find out how to pursue them in the real world. Through inspiring videos, career profiles, infographics, and live-streaming question-and-answer sessions, students...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The Online Teacher (OT) Professional Development program is designed for middle and high school science teachers. Over the course of one year, participants explore, apply, and reflect on Six Star Science, a research-based framework for supporting excellence in science education (see Resources...
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How do scientists zero in on deep sea vents within the world's vast oceans - especially when they are located a mile or more below the surface? Think like a scientist and you'll find out! Climb aboard this virtual expedition along an unknown stretch of the Pacific Ocean's Juan de Fuca Ridge to see...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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A collection of video and other resources developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science and Boston College can help middle level teachers understand and teach scientific argumentation, a key practice in th NGSS and the Common Core State Standards for English language arts. The toolkit breaks down the...
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Explore how the changing length of daylight causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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In this activity, you will explore local rocks for signs of the Rock Cycle, the sequence of making and breaking down rocks.
Grade Level   5 6
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