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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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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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Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. 6-12 Grant requests for ¤5-000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. 6-12 Grant requests for ¤5-000...
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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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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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Students create a tasty model that illustrates plate tectonic motions. They learn how Earth's tectonic plates (lithosphere) ride atop the slow flowing asthenosphere layer. At the end of the experiment, students will understand how plates interact t their boundaries.
Grade Level   5 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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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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Explore how the changing length of daylight causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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These are resources developed by Phil Gersmehl for teachers who are teaching the geography of world regions to middle school students. Each unit develops one big idea (regions for North America, and elevations for South America, etc.). Units contain a PowerPoint which tells a story of the region,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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SciJinks's Weather Science Fair web page offers middle level students project ideas in several categories; those that test a hypothesis (e.g., How does the temperature change during the day? One possible hypothesis: The temperature is lowest at midnight and highest at high noon.); those that review...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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This site, designed for a middle school audience, provides many fine animations, activities, images, animations, and games.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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Published in 2012
The song covers the California 7th grade standards on Earth & Life History.
Grade Level   7
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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
Teaching Media Virtual Field Trips
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Conservation Connect - a web-based video series created in partnership by FWS and NSTA - helps students ages 10-15 connect to outdoors and to conservation careers. New episodes are broadcast the third Wednesday of every month throughout the school year at 2 pm Eastern Time (ET). Each five- to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9
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Middle School Geology Task asks students to evaluate rock layers and make evidence-based claims about their formation.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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