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PhET Teacher Activities: Air Resistance Lesson - Jul 7, 2014
An excellent two-day lesson for middle school, designed to accompany the PhET simulation Projectile Motion. It was crafted by educators to provide robust support to both teachers and learners on projectile motion with and without air resistance. You will find scripted teacher discussion, explanations of fluid properties of air, and modifiable worksheets.
Science Buddies: Experimental Procedure - May 1, 2014
Explicit help in setting up experimental and control groups, writing detailed procedures, and understanding reliability.
NanoSense: Clear Sunscreen - How Light Interacts with Matter - Apr 15, 2014
Classroom investigation for high school physics or chemistry: focuses on light absorption/scattering and ultraviolet light. Can be adapted as a 3-day mini-unit of a longer two-week Project Based Learning activity.
Cultural Astronomy -- Bringing the Heavens to Earth - Apr 15, 2014
This cross-curricular module from the Adler Planetarium explores astronomy from the cultural context of past societies and their observations of the heavens.
Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Students - Nov 9, 2013
This resource traces the beginning steps in science inquiry: high initial engagement, full participation in a real-world activity, and creative design.
This learning cycle features 19 videotaped experiments, organized sequentially for introducing fundamentals of motion in introductory physics courses. Each video includes learning goal, prior information needed to understand the material, and elicitation questions. Topics include constant velocity, constant acceleration, falling objects, projectiles, and the physics of juggling.
PhET Teacher Activities-Middle School: Build An Atom - Oct 17, 2013
Exemplary turn-key, scripted lesson plan that blends hands-on activities with the PhET simulation "Build An Atom". Excellent way to help kids visualize atomic structure.
Teachers' Domain: Galileo: A Different Thinker - Sep 5, 2013
Galileo's classic experiments on gravity and inertia are presented in an entertaining multimedia format.
Science NetLinks: Sensing Energy - Sep 4, 2013
Kids use UV detection beads to explore unseen energy from the sun. Great fun -- appropriate for upper elementary.
TryEngineering: Solar Structures - May 17, 2013
3-day unit explores passive solar design: students work on teams to build & test a scaled solar "house" that meets quality constraints.