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  • 3-2-1 Blast Off! (Authored by Denise Russell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson in motion offers students the opportunity to work cooperatively in groups to assemble and launch a rocket.

  • 3rd Rock from the Sun’s Baby Rock (Authored by Nicole Micheau.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students have a chance to actively see each phase of the moon and make connections to what they see in the sky when you show how the moon goes through each of the phases.

  • A Busy Pump (Authored by Diane Schmidt.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students demonstrate how the human heart works with a written summary and labeled illustrations.

  • A Closer Look (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using literature to stimulate recall, students and Curious George learn that objects are composed of many parts. Students group objects by their physical characteristics and various compositions. Magnifying glasses will be used.

  • A Couch or a Potato (Authored by Kelley Harvey.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students classify objects/organisms seen on the Wakulla Springs icam website as living or nonliving.

  • A Dog Eat Dog World (Authored by Rhonda Traweek.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students label animals as producers, consumers and/or decomposers and explain the basis of that designation. They distinguish between aquatic and terrestrial organisms.

  • A Field Guide for Student Identification (Authored by Kathryn Clark.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Dr. M.N. Stair needs help identifying monsters he has collected in the field! Students have fun learning how to use and create a dichotomous guide by identifying cartoon monsters. Students then apply what they have learned to create a dichotomous guide to identify fellow students.

  • A Hungry Cat Searches (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Panther: Shadow of the Swamp] to learn about the variety of plant and animal life in the Everglades and how loss of habitat impacts panthers. Students will alphabetize the names of the plants and animals by initial and second letter.

  • 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 Mysterious Roll-Back Can (Authored by Louise Kent.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Amaze students with a can that rolls away a few feet, mysteriously stops, hesitates, and then rolls back to where it started. Then introduce Newton and his Second Law.

  • 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.

  • A Rocky Situation (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 4 and 5 of the unit Bedlam in Bedrock. Students use reference materials to explore how rocks can be broken down to form soil, the processes of weathering and erosion, and how landforms change over time.

  • 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.

  • Alien Behaviors (Authored by Lisa Capon.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in cooperative groups to list and classify which human characteristics are learned and which are inherited. Each student then writes a letter identifying and explaining learned and inherited human characteristics.

  • 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.

  • Altogether Now, The Five Senses (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Popping popcorn is a fun way to summarize the end of the five senses unit. It is easy to involve all the senses.

  • An Emerald Place (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to invite first graders to discover the four layers of the rain forest and to help them identify the life of animals at each level.

  • An Invitation to Simple Machines (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The principal with a hurt foot needs our help! Students are challenged to devise ways to move the principal around the school by exploring simple machines. They then write an invitation for parents to come view the simple machines and web page reports that students create.

  • 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.

  • Animal Homes Near and Far (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students work in cooperative groups to list animal habitats. They conclude the lesson by selecting one of the habitats and writing about some of its characteristics and listing a few animals that live in that environment.

  • Animals and Their Biomes (Authored by Mary Lirette.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using biome and animal flashcards, the learner will categorize the animals according to the biome in which they naturally live in with 100% accuracy.

  • Animals Galore (Authored by Kay Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students classify and sort animals into groups according to the structural characteristics.

  • Animals in Research - Right or Wrong? (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research and discuss a sensitive or controversial issue and attempt to make a decision based on group findings.

  • Are We There Yet? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma’s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.

  • 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.

  • Are You My Mother? (Authored by Lee Strain.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will discover baby animals look similar to their parents.

  • Art in the Sky (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with four types of clouds by experimenting with cameras and exploring the web. Students observe illustrator’s renderings of clouds and draw their own representation of clouds.

  • As the Earth Turns (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Why do the sun and moon seem to disappear and reappear making day and night? This lesson demonstrates the rotation of the earth.

  • Ask the Antlion (Authored by Jack Petersen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn about basic biological principles through using the scientific processes of observation and recording as they examine live insects (antlions).

  • Atom and Eve (Authored by Rebecca Renfro.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students will use a concept map to define and share their information about the Hydrogen atom. They will construct a model of a Hydrogen atom using simple, low-cost materials.

  • 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.

  • Back Up (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 10 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students have fun participating in a review game by identifying significant people who have made contributions in the fields of communication, technology, and science.

  • Balanced Students (Authored by Albert Baggott.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use a hands-on activity to investigate the relationships between weights and the distance of the weights from the fulcrum in a balanced 1st class lever.

  • 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.

  • Beams and Bones (Authored by Joyce Dowlatram.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The human body is like a house. Students use this analogy to learn how some parts in the human body interact.

  • 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.

  • Benjamin Franklin and Electricity (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an interdisciplinary lesson combining exercises in Language Arts and Science, and includes discussions and written assignments on one of the seminal figures in science, Benjamin Franklin, and continues with simple experiments in electricity.

  • Bodaciously Beautiful Butterflies Take Flight (Authored by Heather Watson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for K-1 students. The students complete a study on butterflies using real caterpillars. Each student keeps a personal daily journal of observations and completes a timeline for their caterpillar/butterfly.

  • Body Systems in Action (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the last lesson, days 13-16, of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students research the body systems. Cooperative groups create and present a short skit demonstrating how systems work together.

  • Boom and Fizz (Authored by Cheryle Borsos.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Boom and Fizz is a thrilling discovery of physical and chemical changes. It combines an engaging teacher demonstration with a hands-on student lab experience.

  • Brain Game (Authored by Katherine Leftwich.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a fun lesson that challenges the student’s ability to respond to stimuli that are mixed word/color messages. (Responses to changes in the environment/stimuli)

  • Bright Sky, Night Sky (Authored by cheryl martinez.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through this activity students will apply information known about the differences found in the sky.

  • 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.

  • Butterflies and Frogs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere. Included in this lesson are activities for days 6 and 7. Students identify patterns found in nature.

  • Butterfly Bonanza (Authored by Becky Peltonen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do butterflies change and grow over time? After looking at butterflies, reading about butterflies and singing about butterflies, students will be able to describe the life cycle of the butterfly.

  • C.M. Beg (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an interesting lesson about the concept of living things. Students will be introduced to a pretend boy named C.M. Beg. The initials of the boy will be a mnemonic device to help students understand the basic characteristics of living things. C stands for change. M stands for move. Be stands for breath. E stands for eat. G stands for grow.

  • 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 Calculate the Speed of Your Pet? (Authored by Edward Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What is the fastest wind up toy pet? In this lesson students will explore how to calculate the speed of wind up toy pets, average the speeds and identify the correct units of measure of speed.

  • Can You See it, Touch it, Hear it? (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through this lab activity, students are helped with development of their observational skills. (This lesson may be used with students at any grade level.)

  • 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.

  • Can You Sense Scents? (Authored by Becky Peltonen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: During this hands-on lesson, students will use their sense of smell to identify familiar scents.

  • 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.

  • Cars, Trucks and Things That Go Sorting Fun! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students have fun sorting, classifying and writing about how they sort transportation vehicles.

  • Catching a Balanced Diet (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the importance of balanced meals and select foods that make up a balanced meal by playing a fishing game.

  • Cell Cookies (Authored by Dawn Pack.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students create a plant or animal cell they can eat! A cookie, frosting, and candy pieces serve as the cell's parts. Class discussion will lead to the understanding of the cell's parts and the role the cell plays in tissues, organs, and body systems.

  • 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.

  • Cell Factory (Authored by Emily Durney.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun way for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the basic structures of cells and the essential functions in cells. Students build a model of a factory where each factory part is compared to a cell part via the function.

  • Cell Types (Authored by J.P. Hamilton.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create cartoon characters which compare and contrast two types of cells: nerve and muscle. Cartoon characters show how these two cells are similar, how they are different, and the relationship between the two cell types. Cartoons are presented in the form of a slide show presentation. (NETS for Students 3.2)

  • Cell-a-bration (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students compare and contrast the structures of a plant cell and an animal cell by creating a graphic organizer and a food model in preparation for writing an essay comparing and contrasting the two kinds of cells.

  • Cells in the Making (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do cells keep us alive? Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about parts of a cell, and their functions in carrying out processes for life. Study skills are taught and modeled as students make entries in science notebooks.

  • Cells, Building Blocks of Life (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What is the basic unit of all living things? Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about cells, and their function in carrying out processes for life. Study skills are taught and modeled as students make entries in science notebooks.

  • Cellular Cellebrities (Authored by Susan Goodman.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students work in cooperative groups to learn the morphology and function of organelles within plant and animal cells.

  • Celsius Tells Temperature, Too (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the sixth lesson in the Unit Weather Watchers. Students become aware that thermometer liquids expand or contract as temperature affects them. Concept of telling the temperature on a Celsius thermometer is introduced as students identify and record temperatures on Celsius thermometers through hands-on activities and games.

  • Change Agents (Authored by Karen Marler.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students conduct experiments and complete observation logs about three erosive change agents and their effects on a variety of surfaces. They present their log information to others through a song, poem or skit.

  • Changes All Around Us (Authored by Sherri Barber.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: After students observe various physical and chemical changes demonstrated in class, they work in groups to create a collage of pictures to illustrate how changes occur all around us.

  • Changes in Matter (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is developed to enhance student understanding of physical and chemical changes. It will also review knowledge of the states of matter.

  • Changes in the Copper Penny (Authored by Patricia Davison.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a unique and fun way to introduce the difference between a physical change in a substance and a chemical change. The student studies the volume, density, altering shape, and chemistry of a copper penny.

  • Changing Ways (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit Bedlam in Bedrock. Students use reference materials, sketches, diagrams, and models to understand scientific ideas about ways landforms change over time.

  • Chip Off the Old Block (Authored by J Drag.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use cards showing pictures of adult and baby animals to identify similar characteristics shared by parents and their offspring.

  • 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.

  • Class-I-fy (Authored by Timothy Mark Dillehay.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students classify pre-selected art class items to see how classification methods are created and used. This activity gives students a greater understanding of why and how classification methods are used in science. The scientific method of categorizing is revealed in this lesson.

  • 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.

  • Cloud Watcher (Authored by Pamela Hoover.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who wants to be a cloud watcher? Students will learn the names of clouds and the patterns of weather they may bring. Students will spend 2 adventurous weeks predicting the weather by watching the clouds.

  • Cloud Watchers (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the third lesson in the second grade unit on weather called Weather Trackers. Students identify the main types of clouds and the type of weather they typically bring as far as rain is concerned. The concept of matter as a gas and liquid will be observed by a classroom experiment where “clouds” are produced using hot water and ice. Students do a group activity where they draw their special cloud formations and make a class graph.

  • Colored Clouds (Authored by Melissa Lee Herring.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson learners will observe particles that make up warm water move around faster than particles that make up cold water. This will be demonstrated by observing clouds made of food coloring mixed with different temperatures of water.

  • Colors that Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand (Authored by Lindsay Bryan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will sort balls according to their color, and then record their answers on an activity sheet. Students will also sort colored candies into different color groups.

  • 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.

  • Conservation Station (Authored by Jennifer Carter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Don't let your eyes mislead you. Size does not always matter. Students will be amazed once they've measured the volume of four containers that vary in size and shape.

  • 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 Cell (Authored by Carl Rogers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students construct a model of a plant or animal cell, using the materials provided to represent each of the different organelles within the cell.

  • 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.

  • Construction and Use of an Accelerometer (Authored by Lisa Locklin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What is acceleration? The students investigate the concept of acceleration by building and using an accelerometer.

  • Crazy Putty Ratio (Authored by Georgia White.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students mix various ratios of liquid starch and glue to make craxy Putty (their variation of Silly Putty) using knowledge of measurements and ratios. They chart their ratios, make observations, and write summary of activity.

  • Create Your Own Kaleidoscopes (Authored by Louise Kent.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research Sir David Brewster and his ideas on light. They put into practice one of his ideas by creating an inexpensive kaleidoscope using film canisters, microscope slides and beads, that teaches properties of optics.

  • Creating My Personal Animal ABC Book. (Authored by Louise Kent.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create an Animal ABC book to present to a young child. Along the way they research specific information about animals.

  • Creatures From the Black Lagoon (Authored by Joe Brock.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are taken to an aquatic area such as a small beach zone, bayou, drainage ditch or wetland near the school in an open inquiry lesson to evoke questions from the students regarding their observations. They learn how to use scientific processes in designing experiements that answer the raised questions.

  • Critter Counting (Authored by Anne Hargrove.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In Critter Counting, students generate, collect, organize, display, and analyze data using a graphical presentation.

  • Dangerous Storms (Authored by Debra Giambo PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The lesson promotes awareness of media language for dangerous storms. It stresses preparation, evacuation, and emergency assistance, and problem-solving techniques for emergency situations. Use in a second or third grade classroom with ESOL.

  • Dare to be [Punnett] Square (Authored by Dale Peterson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson familiarizes the students with Punnett squares, specifically: purpose, application and interpretation. Key terms from previous lessons (included below) are reviewed/reinforced before data is applied to a Punnett square and interpreted.

  • Dead or Alive (Authored by Michelle Passeretti.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The lesson is designed to allow students to analyze non-living and living objects by forming a T chart. Students make a collage to demonstrate what they have learned.

  • Decidedly Different (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this first lesson of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am, students study why scientists need to use observable characteristics, how they sort the characteristics, and why they do so. Journal entries allow students to reflect and make inferences.

  • Decoding DNA (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is the sixth and final lesson plan in the unit, Where We Come From and is an extension activity that reflects the standards for Marion County Schools in Florida for eighth grade. Students complete their KWL charts from the first lesson of the unit as a review for the summative. Then they decode a secret message using the four basic components of DNA, adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine.

  • Deep Blue Sea (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Would you like to live under the sea or on land? Come and explore with us as we take a look at some of our animal friends and the plants that they live with.

  • 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.

  • Density Destiny (Authored by Julie Sear.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Which is more dense, a block of wood or a glass marble? Students will answer this question as they measure and investigate the densities of several objects.

  • Density Discoveries (Authored by Cheryle Borsos.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Density Discoveries is a hands-on student learning opportunity for students to find the mass, volume, and density of solid matter.

  • Density of a Gas (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Gas, like all matter, has mass and volume, therefore, it has a density. Students will investigate the mass, volume, and density of a gas by producing it in a chemical reaction.

  • 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.

  • Destination Outer Space (Authored by Michelle Barlow.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson allows students to use effective writing skills, their imagination, and their knowledge of the nine planets. Students use these three items as they create travel pamphlets to the planets in our solar system.

  • Digital Plants...Alike and Different! (Authored by Shannon Flynn.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Use digital cameras and games to motivate students to learn about plants! Students get to take their own pictures of plants and compose them into a learning game about the similarities and differences of plants.

  • Dirty Worms (Authored by April Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will learn the actions of earthworms and their effect on soil. The lesson will culminate with an earthworm dissection lab activity.

  • Discovering Our Planets (Authored by Elizabeth Elliott.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, the children explore through research and activities our solar system of planets. Using cooperative grouping and interactions, the students will gain an understanding of how the characteristics of the planets differ from one another.

  • Distance over Time (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What is velocity and how is it determined? In this lesson plan, students are actively involved in experiments to measure and calculate the magnitude of speed, known as velocity using algebraic terms.

  • 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.

  • Does One Tree a Forest Make? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students take a walk around the schoolyard looking at and identifying the trees. One leaf for each tree is collected. A chart is developed that represents the population of trees on the schoolground.

  • Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor? (Authored by Karen Hamilton.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students predict, infer, investigate, compare, and evaluate five different brands of gum of the same flavor to discover how long it takes for the flavor to disappear. The chewing time for each brand of gum is timed and results are recorded in a journal. Final results are graphed and presented to the class. Students develop inquiry questions and make applications to real world situations.

  • Domino Effect (Authored by Lisa Locklin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate a change from potential energy to kinetic energy and discuss the concept of waves carrying energy.

  • 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.

  • Down to the Root of the Plant (Authored by 2301.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through discussion and activity about roots of plants, students will identify types of roots and their purposes and will observe and document root growth.

  • 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.

  • Edible Cells (Authored by Lauren Farinas.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will construct edible models of a plant cell and an animal cell and be able to state the functions of the organelles.

  • Edible Rock (Authored by Angie Worcester.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students experiment with gelatin Rock Strata to possibly discover fossils and identify the effects of erosion and weathering on the sedimentary rock. They illustrate and summarize their findings.

  • 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.

  • Efficiency Means Getting More for Less (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Here is a simple experiment. It costs little, the materials will last for 100 years, and it is safe. It is a study of efficiency in nature. Water is measured and predictions are made.

  • EggCELLent Diffusion (Authored by Sherri Barber.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students observe the effects of diffusion on eggs by observing the change in the egg's size and the amount of liquid substance that remains.

  • Eight Stars in the Night Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you count eight stars in the night sky? This eighth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night skies. A page for the number 8 is added to students’ counting books.

  • 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)

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  • Endangered Species (Authored by Teresa Lowery.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will be able to identify endangered species, identify physical & behavioral characteristics, work in a group for research and presentation, and create a PowerPoint presentation with their findings.

  • Endothermic or Exothermic – That Is the Question. (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What happens to the heat energy during a chemical reaction? Students will become familiar with an endothermic reaction by testing a chemical reaction.

  • 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)

  • Evaporation Marathon (Authored by Cheryle Borsos.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Runners take your mark! This lesson involves a student experiment to see which container evaporates water the quickest. The lesson invites students to explore independent and dependent variables as part of the experimentation process.

  • 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.

  • Facts of Matter (Authored by Priscilla Boan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will be involved in making group decisions about matter. They will explore and interpret many types of matter as well as grouping matter.

  • Fahrenheit Follies (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit, Weather Trackers. This is a fun and entertaining lesson on temperature. Students learn about temperature using hands-on activities and games.

  • Fascinating Factors (Authored by Kathy Rigling.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun and engaging way to introduce biotic and abiotic factors by the use of nature observation , peer discussion and the production of a collage.

  • Feed Your Cells (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What happens to the food we eat? How does it help our bodies? In this lesson, students learn about the human digestive system through reading and activities. Study skills are taught and modeled.

  • Feels Like Christmas, Exploring Touch (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The sense of touch helps us learn about our world by feeling it and learning the size, texture, and shape of things. In this activity, students will classify four different sandpaper shapes by using only their sense of touch.

  • Filling Up Florida (Authored by Shari Rodgers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students study factors controlling Florida's population growth and related environmental impacts. Students research natural community types and construct maps (including a large-sized map of Florida) to be used for role play/simulation activity.

  • Film at 11 (Authored by Abby Hill.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students, in a two-person team, research, create, and present a TV news report simulation about a hurricane disaster in their hometown.

  • 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.

  • Five Fingers for Eating Lunch (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Where in the sky is the sun while you are eating lunch? This fifth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 5.

  • Flight Fair (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The teacher seizes the teachable moment to announce The Flight Fair, an opportunity for the students to conduct their personal investigations into paper airplane flight.

  • Float My Boat (Authored by Gail Stukey.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Why will a small piece of wood sink, but a huge boat will float? Is it magic or is it density? In this lesson students will start with the same raw materials and come up with a wide variety of results in the use of density and the displacement of water.

  • 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 Water Cycle (Authored by Carlos Lopez.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Discover the water cycle process that affects Florida. Students observe the water cycle in both a graphic presentation and a demonstration to learn about the stages and sequencing of the water cycle.

  • 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.

  • Flowers Growing Through Music, Rhymes & Movement (Authored by Beth Delmar.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Begin with a traditional singing rhyme, which leads us to "plant" seeds in the ground. From there, we experience the growing process of a seed becoming a flower as it is exposed to the sun, rain, wind, day and night, and "tickling" bees.

  • Forces and Balloons (Authored by Paul Scime.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use balloons to investigate and discuss the forces of compression, tension and torque on common birthday balloons.

  • Forces of Change (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 9 and 10 of the unit [Bedlam in Bedrock]. Students create a class reference book about ways landforms change over time and share their Earth Explorer projects.

  • Formation of Fossil Fuels (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate the process of fossil fuel formation.

  • Four Animal Legs at Sunset (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Did you know that the sun is a star? This fourth lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 4.

  • Freeze Pops (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students experience problem-based learning as they use prior knowledge of the states of matter to keep a frozen juice bar from melting. This science lesson is literature based.

  • Frictionally Speaking (Authored by Dawn Pack.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: All you need to teach your students about the effects of friction on a moving object is a handful of marbles, a paper cup, and string.

  • Fun Photosynthesis (Authored by Stephanie Callaway.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Give your students a chance to be the sun! Creative dramatics are used to internalize knowledge of the process of photosynthesis. Students analyze and predict the relevance of photosynthesis as it relates to the food chain and survival of all organisms. Students construct meaning and assimilate new learning through sentence mapping, drawing, writing activities, and acting-out opportunities. This mini-unit addresses the Marion County objective as follows: The student will describe the process of photosynthesis.

  • Galaxy Adventure (Authored by Dianne Parks.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in groups to create a mnemonic device, give an oral presentation, and create a pictorial representation of the correct sequence of the planets and asteroid belt from the sun.

  • Give Me Five at Christmas Time (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become aware of their senses by taking a walking field trip, creating a word bank, reading a story and singing a song. This is the first lesson in A “Sense”sational Christmas unit that also includes a diagnostic assessment.

  • 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.

  • Go Far in a Car (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Traveling in a car can take you near or far. Through this literature-based lesson, students learn about rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Go Jump In The Lake! (Authored by Marla Blair.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this real-life science activity, students test local lake waters to determine overall health of the lakes. Students then hypothesize possible human impact on the indicators they are testing in the waters and share these inferences in a scientific report.

  • Growing Patience (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a wonderful way to incorporate learning the virtue of patience while developing the knowledge of how things grow. Be prepared to spark your students’ interest as they view the growth of a plant.

  • 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?’

  • Gummy Bear Sorting (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students demonstrate knowledge of sorting and classifying by color as they sort gummy bear candies.

  • Habitats and All That (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson plan explores climate characteristics of different environments, adaptations of living things to environments, and adaptations of living things for survival. It is the second lesson of the Unit Plan: Living Things.

  • 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.

  • Hectic Hurricanes! (Authored by Peggy Cook.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a great way to introduce hurricanes into your curriculum. Students will understand the anatomy of a hurricane, the change in energy that occurs during a hurricane and how to track a hurricane.

  • Here It Goes Again! (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is designed to encourage first grade students to work on patterns in nature and to recognize how different living things adapt to different environments.

  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Authored by Sallie Everett.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is to help students learn the differences between chemical and physical weathering and learn the effects of climate on the weathering process.

  • Hey You! Want to Become a Scientist? (Authored by Cheryl Duty.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students prepare and give oral presentations about assigned scientists and the accomplishments of the scientists after completing research and written reports on their subjects. To make this interesting and fun for the students and teacher, each student can be instructed to create and wear a costume to "become" their designated scientist.

  • 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.

  • Household Products - Past to Future (Authored by Judy Marburger.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will research and explore the development of household inventions.

  • 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 Body Systems Interact (Authored by Brenda Mason.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students demonstrate learned knowledge that the human body is made up of different systems whose functions are related.

  • How Dense Are You? (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: How did Archimedes find the gold crown? Students relate how density is a value that describes the material of which the object is made and is not influenced by the object's shape or size in any way.

  • How Do You Do? (Authored by Annemarie Hayes.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research organisms living in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and identify their relationships.

  • How Do You Get to School? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do your students get to school? Through this literature-based lesson, students learn that different things move at different speeds as they explore basic modes of transportation.

  • How Does It Move? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do objects move? Through this literature-based lesson, students review using illustrations and phonetic principles to understand words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore how forms of transportation move.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (Authored by Ann Everett.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a fun way to introduce factors that influence the growth of living things. The students read [The Garden] by Arnold Lobel.Then the students plant seeds to discover what makes them grow.

  • How Fast Is that Rocket? (Authored by Lisa Locklin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson will allow the students to calculate the speed of a falling object using measurements from a falling rocket.

  • How Many Bears in the Forest? (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students model the tag and recapture of bears and use proportions to estimate the population of the bears in their forest. This is a statistical sampling method used by scientists and naturalist to determine population numbers.

  • How Much Do You Really Weigh? (Authored by Margaret Bogan PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use a computer to analyze how their weights are affected if the students are placed on various planetary bodies. The students will record their findings on a data sheet.

  • How Much Is Too Much? (Authored by Dorothy Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students observe the construction and workings of an aquifer. They record and react to the effects of pollution on the aquifer.

  • 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.

  • How Unique Are You? (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this second lesson of the unit, Where We Come From, the students use traits that they each possess to gain further understanding of dominant and recessive traits. In groups, they survey the class for various dominant and recessive physical trait characteristics. Groups create bar/circle graphs, compile class data into a table, calculate percentages, and recognize characteristics of dominant and recessive traits.

  • Human Body Quiz (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are your neurons alive? Does your larynx vibrate? Students review the various functions and organs of the human body systems as they participate in “The Human Body Quiz” in preparation for the summative assessment of the body systems.

  • Human Impact on the Everglades Environment (Authored by Cheryl Darbyshire.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research changes the Army Corps made in Everglades, focus on the human impact on the environment, design graphic organizers, summary statements, develop a Florida map of the Everglades region and give a presentation about what they learned.

  • Hurricanes … Are They Coming to Your Neighborhood? (Authored by Dale Peterson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Hurricane season (June-October) may result in large storms on the Gulf Coast. Students learn how weather systems influence hurricanes and tropical storms. This lesson enables students to predict landfall of hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • I Need Air (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Our cells need oxygen to live, but how do they get the oxygen? In this lesson, students learn about the organs of the respiratory system as they read articles and participate in activities. Study skills are taught and modeled.

  • I Need Room to Breathe (Authored by Joe Brock.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use a ph indicator in a structured inquiry lesson to learn how exercise affects carbon dioxide levels in exhaled air.

  • Imagine That (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Information dangles from the ceiling! That’s the effect when students gather information using a variety of references and create mobiles of inventions or scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 5 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

  • Improving the Quality of Life (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson focuses on contributions made by individuals of diverse backgrounds in medicine, science and technology.

  • In Line with Time (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students participate in constructing timelines of significant contributions in the field of communication. Class interaction follows to provide practice in interpreting the order of events.

  • Inquiring Minds Want to Know (Middle School Science) (Authored by Melinda Dukes.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Inquiring minds participate in an inquiry-based lesson plan which has them construct an experiment in a scientifically valid way that will shed light on the controversy of nature vs nurture. This is lesson three of the unit, Twin Traits.

  • Inside Information (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students use a variety of references and write to inform as they explore significant inventors and inventions and the impact of the inventions in the field of communication.

  • Insulators, Conductors, and Energy Transfer (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students conduct experiments to determine what types of material make good insulators.

  • Interaction Actions (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the fourth lesson on the sixth day of the Unit, What Makes Me Who I Am? In this lesson, students work in cooperative groups to brainstorm characteristics that are the result of interaction with the environment.

  • 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.

  • Invertebrates, No Backbone, No Problem (Authored by Cheryl Darbyshire.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students study characteristics of invertebrates, observe a micro-habitat for two weeks, research an invertebrate, create a profile poster, and present a report.

  • Investigating the Food Pyramid (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn that the food pyramid is an important nutritional tool. They classify foods and compare the number of servings per group that are necessary for maintaining good health by placing empty food containers in grocery bags.

  • Is It Alive? (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the first lesson of the Unit Plan: Living Things. Students explore living things and their habitats. They create an original It’s Alive! book to demonstrate what they have learned.

  • Is It Kinetic or Potential ? (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is an introduction to energy. It allows students to explore real life activities that demonstrate kinetic and potential energy.

  • Is It Slimy? Does It Have Fur? Is It Really a Bird? (Authored by Linda Weber.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this lesson students identify the different types of vertebrate animals based upon their major characteristics, as they create collages in cooperative learning groups. Collages show pictures of vertebrate animals labeled with the appropriate structural characteristics. Students individually complete the lesson by writing in their journals.

  • Is That a Bird in Your Hat? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After learning about adaptations animals need for survival, students imagine they find an injured bird. They create a clay bird and nest to stimulate creative writing. The lesson includes an integrated week-long art, science, and writing activity.

  • Is the Sun our Heater? (Authored by Jeanelle Kingry.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Why is it warm in Florida and cold in Alaska? Students explore and discover how the sun provides heat to the earth, depending on the surface as well as the angle of the sun’s rays. (This lesson focuses on the sun as a source of heat only.)

  • It Won't Budge: Balloon (Authored by summer zephyr.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Through use of a "silent teacher" demonstration, students use the scientific method to discover the principle behind the balloon not being inflated.

  • It's Alive (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to allow the student to critically analyze living and nonliving objects, then develop a list of characteristics to classify objects on a science walk. Students make a book to close out the lesson.

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered how many workers are needed to move people and cargo? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Keep It Quiet! (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How can a container be soundproofed? Learning about sound waves and how they behave in various media will enable students to create a soundproofed container.

  • Know Your Place in Space (Authored by Kathy Morgan.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is for the students to understand the positions of the nine planets in respect to our solar system and understand the unique characteristics of each planet.

  • 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.

  • Let's Get Moving (Authored by Rebecca Weston.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is an interdisciplinary unit with technology, physical education, and science activities relating to motion,velocity, and momentum and sports related activities.

  • Let's Measure the Speed of Sound (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is an outside the classroom experiment. The students experience in concrete terms an investigation of the speed of sound by measuring it. It blends scientific research with math skills and teaches sound scientific investigative techniques.

  • Let's Weigh Air (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is a class experiment to measure the weight of air by measuring the weight of the mass it displaces. It incorporates simple equipment and procedures into a highly convincing demonstration of the weight and mass of air.

  • Life and Death (Authored by Wesley May.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a great interactive game students can play to review how living things are classified. This lesson and assessment should be used after the GLE (SC.G.1.2.5.3.2) has been introduced.

  • Life Is a Cycle (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Children learn about cycles through games, shared readings and a shared writing activity.

  • 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.

  • Linking Up the Food Chain (Authored by Jane Seevers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the book [Life in a Pond], students discuss the food chain and create a food chain mobile.

  • 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.

  • Long-Tall-Up-Down (Authored by Edwin Brooks.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students select objects that can be grouped according to similarities and differences of their physical characteristics.

  • Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.

  • Machines Help (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Do you know what simple machines are at use on the school grounds? After reviewing the six simple machines, students locate simple machines on the school grounds and chart what machines are found and how they are used to make tasks possible.

  • 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.

  • Magnetism in Action (Authored by Lisa Locklin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students recognize that magnetic force can act through a distance.

  • Magnificent Marsupials (Authored by Deirdre Byrne.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This literature-based lesson will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a kangaroo, and the differences and similarities between mother and baby as growth occurs from birth to adulthood.

  • 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.

  • Make Life Simple (Authored by Linda Wenzel.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity introduces students to simple machines. Pictures of real world objects help students know the six simple machines.

  • 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.

  • Marbles in Motion (Authored by MAdele Carson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will learn how to play different games of marbles while learning the scientific concepts of force, motion, mass, acceleration, friction, and inertia.

  • Marshmallow Babies (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this third lesson of the unit, Where We Come From, students pair up “chromosomes” and interpret the genotypes and phenotypes. Then, they use those genetic traits to create their own "Marshmallow Babies!" This is a modified version of an activity published by Patti Sorderberg in [The Science Teacher], November 1992, pp 28-31.

  • 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.

  • Mass, Volume and Density (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students compare and contrast mass, volume, and density of various objects.

  • Matter Matters (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is lesson one of a unit titled, Weather Trackers. Students learn by observation and hands-on activities the act of water changing form from a solid to a liquid to a gas.

  • Matter Matters! (Authored by Karen Hamilton.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This introductory lesson offers an interactive opportunity for the students’ prior knowledge to be expressed and extends an understanding of the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) through inquiry in preparation for more indepth experimentation in heating and cooling.

  • 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.

  • Mechanically Inclined (Authored by Albert Baggott.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use hands-on or demonstration activity to investigate the mechanical advantage of an inclined plane.

  • Melt the Ice (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: As students explore the properties of water, they hypothesize how to cause changes from a solid and gas state to a liquid state. Students use their new science knowledge to have an ice cube melt race.

  • 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.

  • Mind Games (Authored by Geri Gautney.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The teacher receives a letter from the CEO of Nasbro, Inc. Nasbro is conducting a nation-wide search for new game ideas. Teams of students will develop and produce a game prototype that could be mass produced and sold to every adolescent in the world.

  • Mitten Magic (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group acitivty in which students sort, classify and write about how they sorted the mittens.

  • Mobius Strips (Authored by Darlene Wolfe.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The Mobius strip often upsets the students’ expectation of the normal order of things. To practice the critical thinking and higher order thinking skills necessary to science inquiry, students construct and cut a Mobius strip in half, lengthwise twice. Logically, a piece of paper is two sided, however, the Mobius strip is defined as one-sided, “proven” by the line on only one side and the results of the first lengthwise cut.

  • 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.

  • More Volume Please! Don’t Be Dense! (Authored by Dawn Pack.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use their knowledge of mass, volume, and density to determine volume and density. It is assumed that students have seen demonstrations of and have had guided practiced with the measurement procedures and tools used in this lesson.

  • Moving to the Beat of the Heart (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are you familiar with the thump of your heartbeat? In this lesson, students learn about the organs of the circulatory systems as they practice various study skills. Students learn how to establish their resting heart rates.

  • Mr./Ms.Scientist, This Is Your Life (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create a timeline of ten events in chronological order about a scientist to include his/her accomplishments. Students practice by completing a personal timeline in which they follow verbal instructions.

  • 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 Black Teddy (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with facts about black bears by exploring the web and books. Each student will create his/her own story of a bear using facts learned. This lesson is appropriate for K-2 students.

  • 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)

  • My Machine (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How can simple machines affect our health and lifestyle? Students use their knowledge of simple machines to build their unique machines. Their written reports explaining their machines will be published as web pages.

  • My World Is Upside Down (Authored by John Lien.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students make a pinhole viewer to demonstrate that even though light travels in oscillating waves through space, the wave lengths are so small that light behaves as traveling in a straight line.

  • My! What a Sky! (Authored by Patti Hurd.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What objects do you usually see in the day and night skies? Sing a song, share a book and look at objects in the day and night skies. Then students will be able to differentiate objects as seen in the day and night sky.

  • 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.

  • Nature of Game Balls (Authored by MAdele Carson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will investigate how mass and size will affect the motion of balls when dropped from the same height.

  • Nature vs. Nurture (Authored by Melinda Dukes.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Is nature or nurture more important? Students begin the exploration of this concept in this first lesson of the unit, Twin Traits.

  • Neb -u- la (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson will allow students to conduct research on the life cycle of stars using the Internet.

  • Newton in Motion! (Authored by Angelic Chappell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is an exciting way to introduce Newton's First Law of Motion. The student will be able to verbally explain and physically demonstrate examples of Newton's First Law. The students will explore real life consequences of Newton's First Law.

  • Nine Around the Sun (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Have you wondered about the planets in our solar system? Using this lesson plan as a guide, students explore and record the characteristics of the nine planets. Students learn about gravitation as it applies to orbits.

  • Nine in the Sky (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you see the nine planets in the sky? This ninth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues students’ exploration of the day and night sky. A page for the number 9 is added to students’ counting books.

  • No Bones About It (Authored by Stacey Schlichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Ah, the skeleton, that old sack of bones! Actually, it’s the framework for all vertebrates and comes in very handy. Students will obtain valuable knowledge on the skeletal and muscular systems as they explore the Internet and create a model arm.

  • 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.

  • NoneEdible System/Edible System Edible System (Authored by Lorna Carnley.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a great way to start studying ocean life. Students set up a class aquarium and individual edible aquarium.

  • North by Way of a Magnet (Authored by MAdele Carson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: During the study of explorers and on magnetism, students will learn about the use of magnets in navigation. They will magnetize needles and make their own compasses.

  • Nuts for Counting (Authored by Carolyn Rosier.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How many nuts in a peanut shell? Children observe, predict, and count in this nutty lesson featuring boiled or parched peanuts. But before they can eat, they must record the actual number of nuts on the provided worksheet.

  • Objects Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the different properties of objects by going on a Scavenger Hunt to find specific items. After they return with their items they will describe them in concrete terms such as hard, soft, big, round,etc.

  • 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.

  • Ocean Life (Authored by Karen Toussaint.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Does the realm of the ocean fascinate you? If so, come and join us as we explore the types of plants and animals that can be found in the ocean.

  • Ocean Patterns (Authored by Erin Cleveland.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students observe how waves and the tide affect the earth.

  • Octopus Legs (Authored by Carolyn Rosier.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have oceans of fun transforming a wienie into an octopus kids can eat! After counting, cutting halves and fourths, observing steam and the effects of heat, they learn about mixing colors as they create a yummy dipping sauce from mustard and ketchup.

  • 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.

  • Oh Deer! (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students interact as deer, food, water, and shelter in an activity to demonstrate how nature is constantly changing according to changes in the environment. They construct a graph to show this concept.

  • Oh Where, Oh Where, Can My Industry Be? (Authored by Sue Hutchins.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Youth scientists conduct observational studies of three ecosystems. Using the Web World Wonders site cameras, they gather data to justify the establishment of an industrialized park at one site over the others.

  • Oh, Let the Rain Fall Down (Authored by Jeanne Barber-Morris.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using the three phases of the water cycle and five science vocabulary words, students write a narrative paragraph(s) describing the journey of a raindrop during one day.This introduces personification.

  • On the Move (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Can you wiggle your ears? It takes control of the face muscles to wiggle your ears. In this lesson, students learn about the muscular system of the human body as they read articles and participate in activities. Study skills are stressed.

  • One Sun, One Moon (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Share the joy of books while introducing students to counting to ten, making predictions, and recognizing characteristics of the day and night sky. Students begin creating their own counting books while studying the number 1.

  • Oobleck vs. Gloop (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: By the end of the lesson, second grade students will be able to explain that we use our senses to make observations and that the observations often describe properties of an object or substance.

  • 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.

  • Opposites Attract (Middle School) (Authored by Jana Lantz.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate the properties of magnets and static electricity through a series of lab activities, demonstrating the behaviors of charged particles as they relate to the atom.

  • 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.

  • Organism Detectives (Authored by Bobbi-Jean Fremer.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using magnifying glasses, students become detectives as they take a nature walk in search of organisms that live on or near the surface of the Earth in land, air, and water.

  • Organizing Organs (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson for days 9-12 in the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students examine the parts of a cell. They compare and contrast plant cells to animal cells. They understand how cells are organized to form structures (tissues, organs.)

  • Our Body Systems (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students demonstrate learned knowledge that the human body is made up of different systems whose functions are related.

  • 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.

  • Out of This World (Language Arts) (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Groups of students research the planets of our Solar System and create a guidebook for travel through the Solar System.

  • Out of This World (Science) (Authored by Janice Jowers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students complete three hands-on, cooperative activities to learn the positions of the planets from the sun. They then draw a pictorial representation of the position of the planets.

  • Out of This World (Solar System) (Authored by Sue Jones.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students arrange the planets in the correct order by working in small groups, participating in a class discussion and by constructing a pictorial model of our Solar System.

  • Over the Rainbow with Isaac Newton (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is an interdisciplinary language arts and science lesson focusing on the nature of rainbows. (composition of light) It includes a poetry assignment and a science experiment with an assessment.

  • 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 .

  • Pair 'Em Up! (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In the fourth lesson plan of the unit, Where We Come From, students learn how to use and verify the validity of Punnett squares by using a Weblink for instruction. They will also simulate a real-world situation by drawing “chromosomes” from a paper bag. Data will be tracked, students will calculate percentages, and cross check their predictions and results by using a Punnett square.

  • Paper Airplane Project (Authored by Judy Fox.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students have permission to make and fly paper airplanes. Have fun while you are teaching the scientific process.

  • Pattern Detectives (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: As an introduction to the Unit Plan, Patterns, Patterns Everywhere, students are asked to become Pattern Detectives. This literature-based lesson exposes students to patterns in language, math, and science.

  • Peanut Mining (Authored by Terrie Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this hands-on activity, students come to understand the implications of using a nonrenewable resource, as well as some of the problems associated with mining an ore.

  • Pendulum Power (Authored by Tracy Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use a pendulum to discuss the Law of Conservation of Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

  • 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.

  • Phase In, Phase Out, the Magnificent Moon (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students know very little about the moon, so investigate what’s in the night sky and find out why the moon looks different every 28 days.

  • 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.

  • Physical Difference and Classification (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students compare and contrast several physical properties and develop a classification system using observation skills and a microscope.

  • Physical or Chemical? That is the Question (Authored by Ann Kennedy.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use the five Web World Wonders camera sites to locate and identify examples of physical and chemical changes.

  • Physical/Chemical Properties of a Burning Candle (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What happens to the physical and chemical properties of a candle before and after it is lit? Students investigate these properties by conducting the Burning Candle activity.

  • Pilots, Drivers, and Captains (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who makes the transportation go? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Plant Parts with Sequencing Cube (Authored by Elizabeth Elliott.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn the parts of the plant by looking at live plants, listening to the story [Jack's Garden] by Henry Cole, researching and sequencing the various plant parts.

  • Playground Games (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This review lesson allows students to use their knowledge of velocity and wave behavior while competing in playground games.

  • 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.

  • Probing Our Solar System (Authored by Susan Sherrow.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson uses structured, small group activities and individual work incorporating student research on space satellites and probes and international connections. Student groups construct information disks, timelines, and written reports.

  • Problems in Pollutia (Authored by Kelly Toomey.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work in groups to make recomendations about environmental issues arising in the imaginary kingdom called Pollutia. They present short speeches highlighting action they believe should be taken and ideas of how each problem should be solved.

  • Projectile Motion (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students observe projectile motion and calculate the speed of a projectile.

  • Properties of Waves (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students observe and investigate wave properties.

  • Pulley Power (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is a manipulative experiment in the mechanical advantage of simple machines and graphically demonstrates the change in magnitude of applied force when using simple machines. Great for ESL to discover the ratio formula for pulleys.

  • Pushy Kids in Physics (Authored by Gencie White.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is an interesting way to introduce balanced forces, unbalanced forces, and resulting net forces. Students actively demonstrate these concepts and then study and complete the activity with actual calculations of these forces.

  • Putting Our Solar System in Order (Authored by Kristina Robinson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use a Website to explore sizes, composition, and characteristics of the planets. They then form a model of the planets orbiting the sun. Students’ models demonstrate the planets’ different sizes.

  • 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.

  • Rain Patterns (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the second lesson in the unit Weather Trackers. Students have the opportunity to work in groups to draw the rain cycle and make their own “movie’ using a large cardboard milk carton and heavy white paper. Students are assessed on their ability to identify the pattern of the rain cycle and to sequence the events in order.

  • Ready, Set, Go! (Authored by Diane Schmidt.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students conduct an inquiry-based investigation to generate, collect, organize, analyze and display data in order to determine the effect of net force on an object.

  • Ready, Set, Grow (Authored by Michele Ludick.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students construct a class butterfly garden. Students create a journal entry with an illustration of their class butterfly garden.

  • Red, Green, and Blue Mystery Liquids! Hypothesis or an Inference? (Authored by ELIZABETH BAILEY.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are actively involved in the scientific method and inquiry as they form quick hypotheses based upon a teacher set of mystery liquids. Students will determine they need to make additional observations of the liquids to test their initial hypotheses and form inferences. Students may extend the lesson and inquiry processes as they design their own density experiment using liquids they decide upon and bring from home.

  • Rice (Gohan) Observations (Authored by Christy Williamson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The student estimates, observes, and records observations of rice (known as -gohan- in Japan) in two experiments and communicates the results.

  • Riding the Wave (Authored by Sean Kavanaugh.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will be introduced to waves through hands-on demonstrations and a concept map scavenger hunt. Students will then perform fun activities to help identify the properties of waves (crest, trough, amplitude, wavelength, frequency, and wave speed).

  • Rise and Review (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 7 and 8 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors]. Students work in small groups to brainstorm responses to teacher posed questions as a means of review and present their Interview Projects.

  • Rock Concert (Authored by Kathy Lewis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create a product (song, skit, poem, etc.) that describes the three major types of rocks and how they are formed. Then, they present their product during a class "rock concert".

  • Rock On! (Authored by MAdele Carson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In making different types of candy and cookies, students will have models of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.

  • Rockin' and Rollin' (Authored by Kathy Lewis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students create a product (song, skit, poem, etc.) that describes the three major types of rocks and how they are formed. They present their products during a class -rock concert.-

  • Rodeo Round-Up (Authored by DiAnn Shores.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students survey kindergarten through fifth grade teachers and construct a class graph of the teachers' favorite events at the rodeo.

  • Roll On (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a structured inquiry lesson on force and motion. Students observe how forces such as gravity, friction, equal, unequal forces and change in direction cause marbles to move. Small groups develop and present models to explain the forces they observe.

  • Roll With The Punches: Depression Era Machinery (Authored by Paula Weaver.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Groups construct models of simple and complicated machines with Legos. Then they design an experiment using the scientific method. ESE modifications included.

  • Rolling Through Space (Authored by Terrie Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson uses a common roll of toilet paper to give students a practical means of visualizing the vast distances that separate the sun and the planets of our solar system.

  • Rube Rube (Authored by Kathy Lewis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students design a Rube Goldberg Device using the six basic, simple machines. The students will make posters that illustrate the designs of their devices and that identify the simple machines involved. In addition, the students will write paragraphs to explain how machines work, mentioning the advantages and disadvantages of simple machines.

  • 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.

  • Salt and Water Divorce by a Physical Change (Authored by Rosemary Wilson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students vaporize water from a solution of salt and water leaving the NaCl behind and showing the separation by physical means (change of state of the water).

  • 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.

  • Scientific Method and Crystal Growth (Authored by Paul Baldauf PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students use a hands-on experiment in crystal growth to learn about the nature of science as inquiry. In addition to science as inquiry, the students will learn about mineral crystallization and rates of crystal growth.

  • Scientific Who's Who (Authored by Lisa Locklin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The student will choose a scientist from a specific culture or time period to research.The student will address the scientist's scientific, mathematical, or technological contribution and the effect of the contribution on human culture in a report.

  • 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.

  • Sensational Seasons (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the seventh lesson in the Unit, Weather Trackers. Students learn how seasonal weather patterns affect temperature and their lives through concrete, hands-on activities.

  • Seven Quacks Me Up (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Need a fun look at the number seven? Enjoy [Quack and Count] from this seventh lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting. Students continue exploration of the day and night skies and add a page for the number 7 to their counting books.

  • Signs of Autumn (Authored by Cathie London.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is a culminating activity on the study of photosynthesis, how chlorophyll is important to leaves, and why leaves change colors in the fall.

  • Simple Sequencing (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will be moving to the music to find their sequencing partners in this stand up version of musical chairs. Students will organize a series of three pictures and as a group write sentences that will describe their pictures.

  • Sinking in the Rain (or Drought) (Authored by Lisa Fenn.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students learn ways that sinkholes are formed as well as the effects of sinkholes on humans and the natural environment.

  • Six Insect Legs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about the sun moving in the sky? This sixth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students’ interest as they learn about the sun’s apparent movement. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 6.

  • Skateboard Renegade (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What does skateboarding have to do with showing responsibility? Reading skills and strategies are taught while students use the novel, [Skateboard Renegade], to explore responsibility. A variety of simple machines is identified and their uses explored.

  • Sleep Central (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about rest and sleep and how their habits may be healthy or unhealthy. Students make conclusions about how much sleep their bodies require by organizing information on a graph.

  • 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.

  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

  • Snacks 'R Us (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify foods that make nutritious snacks. They will analyze snack foods to determine their fat content by completing an experiment.

  • Solid, Liquid, or Gas? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using literature to introduce the states of matter, students identify physical characteristics and group objects for a picnic using the states of matter for each object.

  • 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.

  • Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.

  • Sounds You See, Hear, and Feel (Authored by Michele Dawn Manieri.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students explore and experiment making sound wave vibrations on various musical instruments and common objects. The will also compare/contrast, demonstrate, and describe actions that cause sound wave vibrations which can be seen, heard, and/or felt.

  • Sources of Energy (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research various methods for preparing food and analyze energy sources.

  • Space: In Your Face or Not? (Authored by Patricia Douglass.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Do the planets in the solar system, the moon and Alpha Centuri exist if we cannot see them? In this lesson, the student is led to understand that it does not matter if we can see the planets in the solar system or not.

  • Space: The Final Frontier (Authored by Cynthia Lott.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use electronic technology to find information on the solar system and then construct a graph to explain the information. They also demonstrate a solar or lunar eclipse by providing a written explanation with an illustration of the planet chosen.

  • Speed & Velocity with Straw Rockets (Authored by Lisa Nall.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What is speed? What is velocity? It what ways are they the same? In what ways are they different? How do you calculate them? In this lesson, students explore speed and velocity with Straw Rockets.

  • Spring into Science (Authored by Suzanne Roberts.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students become investigative scientists through observing, recording, and analyzing data collected from Wakulla Springs Video Web Camera.

  • 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.

  • Starlight, Star Bright (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn about stars and make star pictures that are constellations. They take the information they have learned and write a simple report.

  • Starry, Starry Night (Authored by Becky Peltonen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this hands-on lesson, students make their own night sky (full of stars) that can be seen in the middle of the day!

  • State of Matter (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students examine how atoms change from solid to liquid to gas.

  • States of Water (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify the various states of water. Hypothesizing and hands-on experimenting on changing the states of water assists students in understanding the properties of water and the role of heating and cooling in the changes of state.

  • Succeeding at Kite Day (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Succeeding At Kite Day is a learning invitation that encourages students to design a successful kite for flying at the annual spring, school-wide Kite Day.

  • Sunbeam Dining (Authored by Pamela Mapoles.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students read about animals to find at least two things animals eat. They play a food chain game and construct a food chain.

  • Sunny Delight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are introduced to the scientific method to complete experiments on the sun and find out how heat from the sun has varying effects depending on the surface it strikes.

  • Survival of the Fittest (Authored by April Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Do all creatures in the sea swim? Do all of them have sharp teeth? No! Students use information learned about animal habitats and how they survive to develop their own “never before seen” marine creatures.

  • Survivor! (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will answer the question of what is needed for basic survival of all living things. They will participate in group discussion and then create an individual project to display examples and non-examples of basic needs.

  • Systems Working Together (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do the systems of the human body work together to carry out the processes needed for life? Through various activities, students become aware of the interdependence of our body systems. Students also practice reading in the content area.

  • Take A Meal Worm To Lunch (Authored by Robert Brock.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use mealworms in a guided inquiry lesson to stimulate questions from observations and learn how to use scientific processes in designing experiments to answer those questions.

  • Take a Plane or a Train (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is there more to learn about transportation? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Take A Splash into the Gene Pool (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the third lesson and fifth day of the Unit, What Makes Me Who I Am? Students further explore inherited characteristics by conducting a simulated experiment where they create a person using simple genetic coding.

  • Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.

  • Ten Fingers Ten Toes (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Can you count your fingers and toes? This tenth and final lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting concludes students’ exploration of the day and night sky. The final page is added to students’ counting books.

  • 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.

  • Testing Termites to Discover (Authored by Wendi Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students utilize open inquiry and the scientific method to discover how termites respond to their environment.

  • 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 ABCs of Healthy Foods (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.

  • The Accident That Did Not Happen (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: How safe are your science students' skills? In this lesson, students become familiar with the basic rules of laboratory safety and some of the laboratory equipment used in scientific discovery.

  • 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 Average Atom - Isotopes (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: When looking at a periodic table, students notice that atomic masses are decimal numbers. These masses are an average of all the isotopes of that element. Students investigate a model of isotopes by completing the Isotopes Model activity.

  • The Colors on My TV Screen (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Visible light contains all the colors of the rainbow. However, electronic screens (TV, computer) use only three of these colors to produce the colors that we see on them. Students investigate these colors by making and testing a color wheel.

  • The Energy Grab Game (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Demonstrates the scarcity of energy resources. It allows the students to experience competition for natural resources and demonstrates the result of inadequate distribution of natural wealth among the Earth’s nations.

  • The Fantastic Kindergarten Zoo (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After completing a unit on zoo animals, students will create their own zoo to share with other classes and parents.

  • The Food Chain (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain an amazing understanding of how from the smallest to the largest creature, most living things depend on other living things to survive, especially when it comes meeting the need for food.

  • The Grass is Always Greener (Authored by Judy Marburger.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will use common grass to observe and experiment with cellular division.

  • 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 Human Body, Incorporated (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Joe is the CEO of the Human Body, Incorporated. He is downsizing. The students research each body system and write a letter to Joe persuading him to keep specific body parts as employees.

  • The Importance of Observation (Authored by Kelly Justice.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Students demonstrate knowledge of the importance of observation to the learning process by conducting careful observation and recording their findings as a journal entry.

  • The Incredible Edible Rocks (Authored by Cathie London.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: As a culminating activity to the study of rocks, students observe three different goodies and compare them to the three different types of rocks, noting the similarities and differences.

  • The Making of an Organ (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do cells make up our organs? Using a science reading, the study skills of outlining, note writing, and using a graphic organizer are taught. Students make a model of a tongue showing cells, tissues and the organ.

  • The Many Phases of the Moon (Authored by Elizabeth Elliott.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson expands students' knowledge of the phases of the moon. Using a daily newspaper from the Internet, students develop an understanding of the phases of the moon in relation to the calendar days. ESOL strategies are incorporated to assist with reading and include cooperative learning activities.

  • The Mathematical Fingerprint of Our Solar System (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: An integration of science and math in the study of the locations of all planets in our solar system. Students learn the beautiful mathematical model unique to our solar system. A minimal knowledge of mathmatics is necessary.

  • The Mysteries of Twins (Authored by Melinda Dukes.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: How can twins help us uncover important information about hereditary? Students are taught how to read science content through the modeling of proper summarization techniques using the article, "Mysteries of Twins." Then, they practice the same reading techniques using another section of the same article.

  • The Net Force and Rube Goldberg (Authored by Julie Brown.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Roll, drop, slide, twist, and turn your middle school students' attention by exploring net force while creatively building Rube Goldberg contraptions.

  • The Plastic Bag Greenhouse (Authored by Elizabeth Elliott.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students observe, record, and describe how roots, stems, and leaves grow.

  • The Portable Niche (Authored by Louise Kent.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students capture an ecosystem in empty film cans placed inside the bottoms of a two-liter bottles. Each created niche is then used to observe distinctive biotic samples.

  • 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 Skeleton Within (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: We know that dancing skeletons aren’t real, but are our bones alive? Through an article read and various activities, students learn about the bones, joints, and other attributes of the skeletal system. Students create outlines and graphic organizers.

  • The Sky Jeopardy (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students play the Sky Jeopardy game to reinforce concepts learned about sun, moon, day and night and sky. Then as a reward, they nibble on round crackers to show the different phases of the moon.

  • 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 Cycle (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students name the three steps of the water cycle and define the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

  • The Water Cycle and Clementine (Authored by Paula Sanders.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After a demonstration and discussion of the water cycle, a water cycle song is learned to the tune of Clementine. Students then draw and label the water cycle in their journals, add vocabulary words to the word wall and complete KWL charts.

  • 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.

  • The Wedding of a Mountain (Authored by Cheryle Borsos.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The wedding of a mountain takes place every day! That is right, W for weathering, E for erosion, and D for deposition. In this lesson, students learn the distinctions of the three processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

  • 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)

  • Those Vexing Variables (Authored by Terrie Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn to recognize the dependent and independent variables in an experiment by practicing manipulation of variables. They also practice designing experiments that contain the two types of variables.

  • Three Bears and Three Goats in the Morning Sun (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is the sun always in the same place in the sky? This third lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 3.

  • Three Switches (Authored by T. Sundeen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students will discover three types of electrical switches and form connections to their lives with examples that they generate.

  • Three, Two, One, Go! (Authored by Michelle Hill.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity allows students to know why the height of an inclined plane affects the speed at which an object travels.

  • Timeline Shuffle (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: It’s a lineup! Students become actively involved in creating a timeline of significant technology achievements and scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 6 of the unit [Inventions and Inventors].

  • To Be or Not to Be (Authored by Pamela Teske.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this lesson, students define the terms, abiotic and biotic. They compare and contrast biotic and abiotic factors presented while using the web cameras on the Web World Wonders website.

  • 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.

  • Turtle Sightings on BEACON Sitemaker (Authored by Sheila Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work together in groups to create web-based reports that demonstrate structural characteristics of sea turtles and how they have adapted to live in their marine environment.

  • Two Owl Eyes (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What can be seen in the night sky? This second lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, teaches students to count to ten, make predictions, and recognize the day and night sky. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 2.

  • UFOS (Authored by Cathie London.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Watch out for flying objects! The lesson employs the construction and utilization of a catapult to understand that motion is determined by the effect of forces on an object.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Our Planet's Food Web (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: A team structured problem-solving activity that challenges the student's problem-solving ability. Students understand man's tenuous position in the environment and learn through a hierarchy of decision stages to conserve species diversity.

  • Understanding Oxidation Numbers (Authored by Dale Peterson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson will help students grasp the relationships among protons and electrons, locations of various elements, electron energy levels, and oxidation numbers.

  • Understanding Rotation (Authored by Dunia Fajardo.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson helps students develop a better understanding of the rotation of the earth through a hands-on experiment.

  • 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.

  • University Sort! (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students sort and classify Gator and Seminole pasta by a variety of characteristics.

  • Up in the Sky (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students brainstorm what is in the day and night sky, as well as discover interesting facts about the sun.

  • Up, Up and Away with the Scientific Method (Authored by Cis Thurston.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Up, Up and Away with the Scientific Method introduces the scientific method to kick off the school year or as science fair time arrives. Help your students use the scientific method to design a way for a balloon to be suspended between the floor and ceiling.

  • Up, Up, and Away (Authored by Lisa Locklin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson will allow the students to explore the relationship between velocity and the time traveled by an airplane. The students will use hands-on activities to calculate the average speed, and approximate average velocity.

  • Viral Diseases (Authored by Jackie Robertson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will research three viral diseases of humans, plants, or animals and report their findings to the class through a presentation using a visual aid.

  • Wading Through the Water Cycle (Authored by Michelle Nivison.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are you having trouble understanding the Water Cycle? This lesson will help you wade through the facts and vocabulary. You will soon be swimming with knowledge about the Water Cycle!

  • Water Conservation (Authored by Erin Cleveland.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After learning how water is wasted and can be saved, students make a commitment to change their habits in order to conserve water.

  • Water Cycle - A SiteMaker Presentation (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Language Arts, Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The student researches and writes a report on a specific element of the water cycle. The final draft of this report is published using SiteMaker, a Web page multimedia program available free from Beacon Learning Center.

  • Water Displacement to Determine Volume (Authored by T. Sundeen.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use the water displacement method to determine the volume of solid objects.

  • Water, Water, Everywhere (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 2 and 3 of the unit, Bedlam in Bedrock. Students explore the concept of change and associate it with changes in their lives, in nature, and eventually with changes in the Earth’s water cycle.

  • Weather Watchers (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students observe change in daily weather conditions and recognize the consistency of weather patterns by completing a five-day observation sheet and science journal entry.

  • Weather Watchers (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Weather Watchers establishes the class as meteorologists at work, collecting, graphing, and reporting school weather conditions to their younger kindergarten buddies.

  • Weather Wonderland (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fourth lesson on weather in a unit called Weather Trackers. This lesson primarily deals with types of tools that scientists use to study weather. Students have the opportunitity to do a fun cooperative learning activity that will review other skills such as pictorial graphing.

  • Weather Wonders (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is the eighth lesson in the Unit Weather Trackers. This lesson will serve as a review for the unit's summative assessment. Students review weather concepts through interactive games, role-play and experiments

  • Web of Life (Authored by Sherri Barber.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate using the Internet as their tool to learn about the food web and construct a food web in which Alaska is their basis of research. Students then construct their own food web after researching a habitat of their choice.

  • Web Your Way Through the Food Chain (Authored by Karen Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After completing this lesson, students have a better understanding of the role of producers and consumers in a food web, and how they receive energy from the food they eat.

  • What a Waste! (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How does the body keep its cells clean? Through reading in the content area, study skills, and various activities, students learn about the kidney, bladder, and function of the excretory (urinary) system.

  • What Do We Need for Our Picnic? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson uses literature to stimulate the students' prior knowledge of items that would be taken on a picnic. These items are then grouped according to their physical properties.

  • 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 Is an Egg Without its Shell? (Authored by Wendi Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lab activity allows students to observe osmosis – a cellular process that normally can’t be observed without a microscope. Students follow the steps of the scientific method to observe osmosis in a chicken egg.

  • What Is in a Rock? (Authored by Terrie Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students identify, sort, and classify mineral samples that make up a common rock.

  • What Is the Freezing Point? (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: How does a liquid change to a solid? Students will remove heat energy and determine how it causes a phase change.

  • What Is the Matter with Water? (Authored by Joanne Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How fast can you make an ice cube melt? After students observe water as a liquid, solid, and gas, they compete to see how fast they can make an ice cube melt.

  • What Is the Matter? (Authored by Cheryle Borsos.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What is the Matter? It’s a solid, a liquid, or a gas. In this lesson, students explore and identify the phases of matter and compare the particle motion in solids, liquids, and gasses.

  • 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.

  • What On Earth (Authored by Cheryle Borsos.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: What on Earth Is Earth science? That is what students discover in this lesson through concept mapping, discussion, and self-discovery.

  • What State Is It? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reviewing the states of matter and reading [Bartholomew and the Oobleck], students create some oobleck and then use the descriptions of the states of matter to categorize the oobleck.

  • What's the Matter with that Cup? (Authored by Kelly Neal.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Which restaurant gives you more bang for your buck? Students measure volume, circumference, and height of fast food cups, find which one has the greatest volume, and compare/contrast those measurements to discover any correlations between them.

  • What's the Matter? (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become scientists when they are actively involved in this lesson that teaches students to observe the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They will be amazed at the objects they come up with to sort in this engaging lesson.

  • What's the Matter? Locating Electrons in an Atom (Authored by Timothy Byrne.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students roll dice in order to simulate the probability of locating an electron in a certain region around the nucleus.

  • What's the Reaction? (Authored by Lisa McElfresh.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity provides students with an opportunity to combine substances and compare their reactivity. The students find that observable changes take place in the color, behavior, or state of substances when a chemical change takes place.

  • What's the Texture (Authored by Lore Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a small group activity in which students sort, classify, and write about how they sort a variety of shells.

  • What's Your Adaptation? (Authored by Brandi Gadson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gather information about the physical traits an animal has which help it survive in its environment. Using collected data, students draw illustrations with adaptation features labeled.

  • What's Your Function? (Authored by Catherine Densmore.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a creative way for students to learn and know the parts and functions of an animal cell.

  • Where Have All the Plants and Animals Gone? (Authored by Sharon Ussery.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you ever wanted to add a little excitement to your classroom lesson plans? Here is your chance. Where Have All the Plants and Animals Gone? is a 13 day lesson plan that teaches the students about habitats through the Internet and PowerPoint.

  • Where in Our Solar System Are We? (Authored by Karen Cook.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Are you lost in space? See a class activity that demonstrates the relative positions of the planets in our solar system. Stop here for help to find your way home!

  • Where Is the Magnetism? (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: How does a magnet lose its magnetism? Students become familiar with magnetic domains and their influence on the magnetism of a magnet.

  • Where Is the Moon? (Authored by Laura Jackson.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: A simulation is used to help students understand the location of the Earth, moon, and sun, in relationship to each other, during a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse.

  • Where the Wild Things Live (Authored by Ronja Ashworth.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In groups of 4-5, students will use literature to research a particular habitat. Each group will then create a collage portraying their habitat.

  • Where, Oh Where, Did The Manatee Go? (Authored by Diane Schmidt.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students become researchers, looking for the factors that affect the manatee’s environment in south Florida.

  • 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.

  • Who Wants To Be A Raindrop? (Authored by Cathie London.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students play a game which will show them how the water cycle can be affected by temperature and land features.

  • Who's on Top? Building a Food Chain (Authored by Donna Moody.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After discussing food chains and how living things depend upon one another for survival, students participate in building a living food chain from the smallest animal to the largest.

  • Who's the Frog Jumping Champion? (Authored by Bess Weber.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Who’s the Frog Jumping Champion in your class? Students construct a model of a simple machine (lever) to investigate the affect that applied force has on an object (plastic frog). This is a fun, hands-on, investigative activity that incorporates both science and math measurement skills in meeting state standards.

  • Who? Who? Whoooooooo? (Authored by Marica Brady.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Is it poop? Is it a hairball? What is it? It’s an owl pellet! Share one of the most popular pieces of children’s literature, POPPY by Avi and conduct an owl pellet dissection, as students learn how animals interact with one another in an ecosystem.

  • 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.

  • Whooo's in the Nest? (Authored by Elisabeth Coogle.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: During a weeklong writing workshop, students illustrate a family of owls and write about their owl family. Students draft a five sentence expository writing essay, revise in peer editing groups, and publish their work.

  • Wiggle, Peak, and Roll (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the second lesson of the fourth day of the Unit Plan: What Makes Me Who I Am? In this lesson, students learn that characteristics are inherited.

  • Wild Babies (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: During this first day of the unit, students consider the source of our traits and characteristics. This activity is designed to get the students thinking, intrigue their interests, and to involve them in class discussion. A KWL Chart will be initiated and used as the Diagnostic Assessment.

  • Wonderful Water (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn by doing! An experiment will help the children understand that water is more than just wet! This lesson is a great prerequisite lesson for the water cycle and should be taught after students have explored solids, liquids and gases.

  • Work Made Easy (Authored by Lisa Murphey.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students perform investigations to determine the combinations of lever and fulcrum placement to lift a weight most easily. They then assume the role of an archeologist with the task of moving a large rock from a dig site.

  • You Have Nerve! (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How do you know when your nose itches or when you are hurt? Did you know that body parts communicate using the nervous system to send messages to and from our brain? Students learn about the nervous system as they participate in a variety of activities.

  • Your Song (Authored by Diane Weiner.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create an instrument to demonstrate their understanding of how the science of vibrations is used to create sounds.

  • Yum Yum – What Animals Eat (Authored by Kimberly Perez.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you ever wondered what animals eat? Children enjoy learning more about animals by cutting out animal pictures and placing the animals into the categories of omnivore, herbivore or carnivore.

  • Zipping Through Our Solar System and Beyond (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: A team-structured inside and outside classroom activity incorporating the concepts of scale, and ratios and proportion. Students construct many solar system models to scale and see our solar system as an action location in the vast void of space.

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