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Grades 6-8

Teaching Electricity in the Middle Grades - Mar 31, 2016

Electricity -- it can be both invisible and visible, both matter and energy, a type of wave made of protons or a force that cannot be seen. Help your students understand electricity more deeply with simulations, models, and animations.


Grades 8-10

Physics First: Heat and Temperature - Oct 31, 2015

Here are 20 of our favorite resources for teaching about heat and thermal physics in the Physics First or Grade 9 Physical Science classroom. Chock full of models, simulations, and interactives.


Algebra-Based Physics

Build A Unit: Measurement in Physics - Aug 17, 2015

Editor-selected collection of resources to help students understand the role of precise measurement, standard units, and dimensional analysis in physics.


Grades 9-12

Electricity: Build Your Unit - Jun 5, 2015

Editors' top picks to build conceptual understanding of electricity, circuits, and current.


High School

Conceptual Physics: Build A Unit Electrostatics - Mar 7, 2015

Editors' top picks to build conceptual understanding of electrostatics, electric force, and electric field.


Algebra-Based Physics

Electric Circuits: Build Your Unit - Feb 1, 2015

This packaged mini-collection provides lessons, labs, simulations, models, and assessments for teaching a unit on electric circuits in algebra-based high school physics.


Grades 10-12

Teaching Energy in Introductory Physics - Nov 3, 2014

Understanding energy transfer, transformation, and conservation underpins much of physics education. This mini-collection provides 60+ free resources for teaching energy in the algebra-based physics classroom. It includes sections on interactive problem-solving and modeling energy systems.


Grades 3-8

Heat & Temperature Units: Physical Science - Oct 3, 2014

Editors' top picks to build conceptual understanding of heat and how it differs from temperature.


Grades K-8

Get Ready for NGSS: Teaching Energy Using Multimedia - May 1, 2014

Editor-selected unit elements to help your students understand energy as a physical science concept. Includes lessons, simulations and animations, hands-on labs, and tutorials.


Algebra-Based Physics

Particles & Interactions: Build Your Unit - May 1, 2014

A set of classroom-ready resources for doing a unit on particle physics. Materials are appropriate for high school students, with focus on the conceptual aspects of quantum theory.

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