Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 4: Science


  • A Love Design (Authored by Sandra McCreary.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is used to critically analyze the students' understanding of one of the body's structures, the heart, and how it is specifically designed and adapted for each of its functions.

  • A Penny for Your Thoughts (High School) (Authored by Elizabeth Russell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work cooperatively in small groups to form hypotheses. They will then form theories that can explain their hypotheses and will test these theories and evaluate the results.

  • Action Reaction: A Crushing Experience (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A dynamic laboratory activity in which students crush a cola can as 2 forces equalize. It is a demonstration of wind, weather fronts, action/reaction, or Charles' Gas Law.

  • All Aboard for Protein Synthesis (Authored by Lisa Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students walk through the process of transcription and translation to demonstrate and understand protein synthesis.

  • All Ears for Ecology (Authored by Melicia Charleston.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Do industries in your area contribute to pollution? Students research the effects of pollution in their area from an ecological and economic perspective which will be orally presented to the class.

  • Analyzing a Science Fiction Movie (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students observe and predict how technology and scientific knowledge interact. They then discuss the societal ramifications of this interaction and watch the movie CONTACT.

  • Are You Charged? (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is a teacher-directed study of the charges on ions with an easy method of remembering charges based on elements' locations on the periodic table.

  • Autumn Leaves: Where does the color come from? (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: In Autumn most people enjoy colorful leaves, brought about by external stimuli. In this lesson students explore leaf pigmentation through chromatography.

  • Baby Cell “Facts of Life” (Authored by Elizabeth Russell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students, by taking on the rolls of an animal cell's parts, will relate the structures of the animal cell parts to their purposes.

  • Barnacles: Harder than Cement (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will be fascinated watching the movements of the complex animal hidden inside the tiny barnacle shells. This lesson allows students to study the behavior, adaptation, and larval stage of the barnacle.

  • Be Impulsive! (Authored by Abby Hill.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work as a -nerve cell relay team-, each having a specific part (order) in the race. A secret (written) message is sent, in relay fashion, until it reaches the final team member. The first team to finish, and relay the correct message, wins.

  • Bean Sort (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create dichotomous keys, classify items, and practice writing scientific names.

  • Building a Dichotomous Key (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A dichotomous key helps us understand diversity and identify unknown organisms. In a laboratory/classroom setting students design a dichotomous key.

  • Can Bacteria Arise from Non-living Things? (Authored by Hala Bessyoune.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is a lab activity in which students work in groups to solve the problem, 'Can bacteria arise from non-living things?'

  • Can You See the Music? (Authored by Warren Bell.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students learn the makeup of the electromagnetic spectrum and how the various forms of EMRs are similar and different from each other.

  • Candy Cane Chemistry (Authored by Jo Ann Parsons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students in this laboratory activity work cooperatively to produce a desired product, make observations, and examine the effect of heat on bonding forces. They complete a written handout relating the effect of heat on bonding and have lots of fun.

  • Cell Cycle Movie (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students draw on previous knowledge and create hand-held flip books that show a cell going through the motions of the cell cycle.

  • Circular Motion and Introduction to Relativity (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Theater (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work cooperatively to view, demonstrate, and understand the importance of frame of reference. They present a short skit, based on the information from their research, that describes a trip to a nearby solar system.

  • Climate and Topography, What Is the Connection? (Authored by Scott Neumann.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson deals only with the Earth’s climatic patterns as they relate to the interplay of topographic features of Earth.

  • Combustion or Lack of Oxygen (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are able to see the combustion of ethanol and then write a report regarding the inability for the ethanol to ignite a second time.

  • Connect the Species (Authored by Daric White.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a lesson designed to test student knowledge of energy transfer and species interrelationships.

  • Conservation of Mass (Authored by J Keener.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students observe a chemical reaction, determine that a gas has mass, and confirm the law of conservation of mass and energy.

  • Constellation Creations (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create visual aids that show common constellations. The creations are then used as study guides.

  • Constructing a Protein Sentence (Authored by Barry Anderson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will utilize their knowledge of RNA transcription, and translation in order to make a protein. They will use a DNA template (portion of the DNA that will code for the protein) to determine the m-RNA and t-RNA sequences for that protein. With the use of a decoder, the students will determine the correct order of the amino acids in the protein. Instead of learning the names of the amino acids that go into making the protein, they will substitute words for amino acids. These words will eventually form a logical sentence (protein) about biology and the processes involved in protein synthesis. The correct linear order of the amino acids determines the proper functioning of the protein; hence, if the students understand the concepts of transcription and translation, they will end up with a sentence that is grammatically correct.

  • Demonstrating and Calculating Electrostatic Forces (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A presentation demonstrating electrostatic force focuses on how electrostatic forces exist between charged objects.

  • Density and Solubility of Liquids (Authored by Beverly Grim.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students predict and test the densities of common liquids. Solubility is also being observed.

  • Design an Animal (Authored by Hala Bessyoune.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students perform a lab activity in which they design an animal to live in a specific environment taking into account all aspects of that particular environment.

  • Do You Know the Master Programmer? (Authored by Author Unknown.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students demonstrate DNA replication, RNA transcription, and tRNA translation into protein synthesis by building models of each process using candy as building materials.

  • Don't Delete Me (Authored by Elizabeth Burnett.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students identify how a malfunction in a particular chromosome can result in a myriad of genetic disorders that may lead to a person requiring medical care, as a result of a condition caused by the genetic mutation.

  • Ecology (Authored by Christine Newton.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will research a chosen ecosystem and produce a PowerPoint presentation or booklet titled: My Ecosystem and Its Endangered Species.

  • Ecosystem Energizers (Authored by Alice Bamberger.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students engage, explore and begin to investigate their knowlege of the flow of energy through an ecosystem by building a concept map.

  • Efficiency (Authored by J.P. Hamilton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work cooperatively to investigate the efficiency of various household appliances. They share their findings in three to five minute oral presentations.

  • Electric Generation (Authored by Dennis Bush.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students identify the components that are necessary for the production of electric currents. This will be accomplished by having the students produce electricity by simply turning an electrical extension cord. (THIS IS AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY)

  • Environmental Quality in Our Own Backyard (Authored by Daric White.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a research project designed to increase student and community awareness and participation in local environmental issues.

  • Enzymatic Action (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Enzymes are specialized proteins that regulate chemical activity in the body without themselves being altered in the reaction. In this lab, students observe how a cell uses an enzyme to rid itself of a poisonous substance.

  • Escape! Survival of the Fittest Grasshopper (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Lab Activity: Student teams design a paperclip grasshopper and measure its ability to survive a prey by either jumping high, far, or with a distracting behavior. Students relate the ability to survive to the changing attack of predators. (NETS for Students: 3.1)

  • Extra Terrestial Excursions (Authored by D Bush.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students calculate the length of time it would take to fly to each of the planets in the solar system if we could do so by conventional jet and with our fastest spacecraft.

  • Finding the Acceleration Due to Gravity (Authored by Phil Lee.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a laboratory exercise which is used to calculate the acceleration due to gravity.

  • Finding the Spot (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use circles to ‘home in’ on particular spots, showing the ability of scientists to locate unseen objects in space. This activity shows how scientists know certain objects exist in space due to the forces exerted by adjacent bodies. The teacher is to make the additional point that scientists also have to use the concept of forces to determine the existence of minute particles such as atoms, and even smaller, protons, electrons, and neutrons.

  • Fire Ecology (Authored by Patrick O Bryan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students examine the role fire plays in mantaining the physical factors of the scrub ecosystem.

  • Floating Plates on the Earth (Authored by Lynn Buchanan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Science students develop a concept map to help them organize information, on Plate Tectonics, after reading a selection. Students then organize notes into an outline to further demonstrate knowledge of this topic.

  • Florida's Food Webs (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students research a Florida ecosystem and illustrate a food web based on the organisms that live in that ecosystem.

  • Glucose Factory (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Plants use chemicals from the environment and energy from the sun to produce their own food. The food they produce is glucose. Students determine through laboratory activity the presence or absence of glucose in a variety of plant leaves and stems.

  • GUM: More, Less, or the Same? (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A laboratory activity confirming the law of conservation of matter by weighing chewing gum before and after it is chewed. ‘ Will it weigh more, less or the same? What happens to the matter?’

  • Have You Ever Seen a Sea Monkey? (Authored by Jo Ann Parsons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use stereo scopes to observe brine shrimp on a daily basis and make scientific drawings of the growth and development of this species. Students learn about Artemia franciscana from research at web sites and from their observations.

  • Hot Time in the Classroom (Authored by Michael Hall.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use a thermometer and ice to learn that temperature is a measure of the average translational kinetic energy.

  • Hover Above the Earth (Authored by Dawn Gott.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students build a balloon hovercraft, take direct measurements, answer critical questions, and make calculations using the data gathered in order to realize the concept of acceleration as a change in velocity.

  • How Stuff Is Put Together (Chemical Bonding) (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: All compounds are made of combinations of elements held together by bonds in exact proportion. The demonstration of a simple experiment illustrates the ratio of the elements that make up the common chemical compound of water.

  • Interrelationships Within the Marine Community (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create an electronic story showing the interrelationship of species within the marine environment.

  • Introduction to Classification (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Classification is a systematic method used to diversify, categorize and organize animate and inanimate objects. Students explore these relationships by designing a classification system.

  • Let Us Bond Together (Authored by Warren Bell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students learn about bond strengths/bond types by observing a demonstration. They apply this knowledge in their own experiments so they can predict bond strengths/bond types based on the locations of the bonding atoms on the periodic table.

  • Life Is Like a Jar of Pickles (Authored by Danica Norris.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Can a jar of pickles affect the quality of your life? Yes! In this lesson, students discover how the production of a jar of pickles can affect their lives. Students will gain an understanding of the interconnectedness between humans and the Earth's systems. Students analyze how a jar of pickle's life cycle (from creation to discard) impacts the Earth's systems, predict possible effects to their quality of life, and then suggest improvements to current practices in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, etc., that create less impact.

  • Light on Trial: Wave or Particle? (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students determine whether light is a wave, a particle, or some combination of each by presenting evidence in a mock trial format.

  • Living in Water (Authored by Hala Bessyoune.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students perform a lab activity in which they examine the external structure of a preserved fish and find out why fish can survive and live in water.

  • Magnetism and the Magnetic Force (Authored by J.P. Hamilton.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students investigate magnetism and magnetic force.

  • Main Sequence Stars: A System in Equilibrium? (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Studentsunderstand and describe the equilibrium of internal forces in a main sequence star.

  • Making Hypotheses (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students practice making hypotheses about what they believe will occur as they perform an osmosis experiment in class.

  • Making Tracks (Authored by Leon Mays.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students make casts of animal tracks, identify, and explain how the animal's feet are adapted for their function.

  • Mass Matters (Authored by Tami McConnell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is a creative way to illustrate the relationship between the stages in a star’s life and the star’s mass. The student creates a concept map to organize the stages in the development of three categories of stars.

  • Measuring Acceleration (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students observe, measure, and calculate acceleration. They construct an accelerometer to make measurements.

  • Melting Ice is Hot Stuff! (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will use crude calorimeters to determine the amount of energy required to melt ice and will be able to calculate the Molar Heat of Fusion of Ice.

  • Metals or Nonmetals? The Families of Elements (Authored by Stewart Tick.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: After viewing a short demonstration by the teacher, students will work cooperatively in groups to compile information on the characteristics of groups of elements. They will then present their findings to the entire class.

  • Molecules Rock (Authored by Mary Easley.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This shows students that molecules of life move dynamically and powerfully. It’s an interactive approach to teaching diffusion and osmosis.

  • Monumental Disappearance (Authored by Warren Bell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students are to compare the emissions listed on the EPA isopleths over the past five-year period for ten key states. They will use this information to rank each region according to the degree of acid rain problem in those parts of the United States.

  • Multiplication in Cells (Authored by Leon Gaither.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students model cell division processes of mitosis and meiosis.

  • My Crazy Contraption (Authored by Jo Ann Parsons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students design, build, and present a “Rube Goldberg Device,- identifying five simple machines and all energy transfers that will take place.

  • My Life as a Star! (Authored by Robert Rosen.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students analyze the life cycle of a star, and creatively prepare a presention a star’s life cycle. (NETS for Students: 5.1)

  • Mystery of the Eleven Unknown Substances (Authored by Jo Ann Parsons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is an easy outline for students to follow for identification of eleven white substances that are commonly found in the household.

  • Noah's Ark, Revisited (Authored by Rebecca Endrelunas.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: To become familiar with endangered species’ habitats and characteristics, students will design, present, and evaluate a visual presentation (kiosk or website) for a specific endangered species. This is similar to the real-world model of Busch Gardens.

  • Observation Challenge (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are asked to observe a similar set of items and write a detailed description about one of those items. That description is read by others who then try to select the item being described.

  • Of Mice and Moths (Authored by J.P. Hamilton.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students show how genetic variation of offspring contributes to population control in an environment and that natural selection ensures that those who are best adapted to their surroundings survive to reproduce.

  • Oops! I Made a Mistake (Authored by Kitty Roberson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students study the causes, effects, and inheritance patterns of sickle-cell anemia.

  • Order, Order All Electrons (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students learn how to ‘read’ the periodic table by applying their knowledge of the construction of atoms. Applications of Aufbau Principle, Hund’s Rule, and Pauli Exclusion Principle will be explained in detail.

  • Our Lifeline Pump (Authored by Jacquelyn Fils.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students explore the exterior and interior of the human heart, and look at terminology related to the heart.

  • Our Solar System: Its Planets and Their Satellites (Authored by Ray Ano.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Using different sets of Styrofoam balls, students create a replica of our solar system.

  • Oxygen Factory (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Through laboratory investigation, students examine the interdependence of the oxygen and carbon dioxide cycle in an ecosystem.

  • Oyster Shell Observation (Authored by Nancy Dow.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use oyster shells to observe and identify specific attributes and communicate those in writing to other classmates. This activity helps students to master proper scientific observation and communication .

  • Periodic Table Families (Authored by Melanie Fraser.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Theater (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students investigate chemical and physical properties within families or groups of the periodic table. They create and perform plays for younger students in which the dialogue and costumes accurately represent these properties.

  • Photoelectric Devices (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students view a teacher-made PowerPoint presentation on how photoelectric devices work, and then they answer FCAT-like questions on the material presented.

  • Plotting the Ocean Floor (Authored by Nancy Dow.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Learning about the topography of the ocean floor is easily accomplished when students plot points on a graph, connect the dots to make the ocean floor profile and label the topographical features.

  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students examine the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations by doing a simple lab activity. This lesson can be used at any grade level. It involves the basic observation process skill.

  • Safety in the Laboratory (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are instructed by the teacher as to the locations and uses of all the safety devices in the laboratory. They are then required to sign a safety agreement which assures their commitment to safety in the laboratory.

  • Schools and Cells (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create analogies in poster format between a cell's organelles and their school.

  • Scientists Have Major Impacts on Our Lives (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are expected to read a [National Geographic] article and complete a reading tool as a group. They then share their answers orally with their classmates.

  • Self Portrait, What Nerve! (Authored by Beverly Grim.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students determine the density of touch receptors in various parts of the right-hand side of the human body. By using the data collected, students draw a picture of the -Homunculus- of the experimental subject.

  • Smart Decision! (Authored by Elizabeth Russell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The students, by using a “Decision Making Model”, will recognize, analyze and solve an environmental problem of public concern.

  • Solids Rule as Precipitates Form (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students mix two solutions containing dissolved ions, one containing calcium and the other containing carbonate, which form the precipitate CaCO3. Stoichiometry can be employed to determine the actual yield and percent yield of the product.

  • Solving a Problem with the Scientific Method (Authored by Tracy Wade.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will use the scientific method to determine the similarity or difference in 2 liquids.

  • St. Andrew Bay Story (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students produce a front page newspaper story about St. Andrew Bay (Fl) after completing a field trip to St. Andrew State Park (Fl) and viewing two videos about the bay system. They will use a word processing computer program to complete the assignment.

  • Tennis, Anyone? (Authored by Jill David et al.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Physical Education, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students develop various drills to enhance tennis skills. Students practice the drills and use self-assessment.

  • The Lunar and Terrestrial Tug of War (Authored by Cody James.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work in groups to locate, comprehend, interpret, and evaluate information about celestial bodies that influence ocean tides on Earth. Students apply this information through graphic representations.

  • The Acid Rain Test (Authored by Daric White.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a research project to increase students' abilities to conduct experiments, interpret data and discuss results in a scientific paper.

  • The Great Gas Race (Authored by Coleen Pemberton.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students improve their understanding of Graham's Law by using properties of gases to evaluate the rate of effusion of two compounds as they vaporize.

  • The Great Scientific Debate (Authored by Rachel Poore.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Using information and analytical skills students learn about scientific issues that affect the public by debating their classmates. Students also write brief essays that will show they have learned how to express their reasons for their pros and cons of a particular topic.

  • The Rock Cycle Graphically Organized (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Science students use the prereading strategy of discussion and then use a graphic organizer to help guide reading on the topic of the rock cycle.

  • The Three E's - Exciting Energetic Electrons (Authored by Coleen Pemberton.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students correctly record electron configurations for select cations and then perform flame tests on salts containing those ions. Students observe results with spectroscopes and prepare a lab report.

  • The Water Detectives (Authored by Daric White.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a research project designed for students to collect, analyze and present environmental water quality data.

  • There's a World of Science to Read Today! (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students read a current science article, write a summary of it, edit it, and type it into a word processing program. (NETS for Students 3.1)

  • Toothpick Breakdown (Authored by Beverly Grim.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students model the activity of an enzyme acting on a substrate and observe relationships.

  • Touring Through the Beginning of Earth (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create a series of front-page newspaper articles about different theories of how life began on Earth.

  • Trees, Trees, and Leaves (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Florida has a unique tree population. Using a variety of resources, students will research trees indigenous to Florida, design a Florida map, give an oral presentation, and discern the presence or absence of growth patterns.

  • Understanding Climate (Authored by Wendy Meehan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create two dioramas out of household materials and additionally provided materials to compare the influence of various factors that impact climate.

  • Uniquely Leaves (Authored by Jacqueline Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Lab Activity: Students study the uniquely diverse structural design of leaves and demonstrate knowledge of interdependence between structure and environment through research, laboratory activity and written summary.

  • What Happened to the Popcorn? (Authored by Lois Walsh.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This is a laboratory demonstration assessing the students' understanding of the law of conservation of matter by weighing the mass of popcorn before and after being popped.

  • What Makes Me Go? (Authored by Mark Howell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students look at the foods they eat during a one-week period and explore where those foods come from before they are used by the body for energy.

  • Who Gets Eaten? A Study of Natural Selection (Authored by Carolyn Slygh.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students represent a new predator on a population of colored worms. They mathematically determine the effect of the new predator on the survival and reproductive rates of the worms, simulating natural selection at work.

  • Who Is Eating Whom? (Authored by Jennifer Ueberroth.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create connecting food webs using organisms of their own choice. Students list and draw the organisms, then connect them according to their feeding behaviors. This lesson plan allows students to use their artistic talents.

  • Whodunit? (Authored by Helen Fling.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is to practice using the scientific method with a theoretical problem and provide students with the information management skills necessary to understand and creatively analyze the cause and effect(s) of an event.

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