Lesson Plan Central Archive - Page 3
EERE Energy Education: Comparing Light Bulbs - Apr 3, 2013
Kids investigate which type of lightbulb is most fuel-efficient: the incandescent bulb or the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).
CIESE Real Time Data Projects: Tsunami Surge - Mar 6, 2013
Cross disciplinary resource blends physics, earth science, and global history to get students excited about the science of tsunamis. Use real-time data to see how various global agencies monitor for tsunami activity, then develop your own "preparedness plan".
Making Oatmeal Box Pinhole Cameras - Mar 6, 2013
Pinhole cameras are a great way to help kids understand how a beam of light projects from a point source to a particular spot. This lesson gives step-by-step illustrated directions for construction and use.
PhET: Teacher Ideas and Activities-Wave Unit - Mar 6, 2013
Standards-based unit on wave interactions created by a high school teacher for use with PhET simulations. Great use of multimedia!
Animating Motion - Feb 5, 2013
Challenge students to apply knowledge of motion by animating sequences of hand-rendered pictures that model orbital motion and the effects of gravity.
Illuminations: Hay Bale Farmer - Feb 5, 2013
Students use math reasoning to solve a problem: what shape of hay bale is economically preferable for storing in a barn -- cylindrical or rectangular?
This two-day lesson is built around a pair of online games that let beginners investigate single-vector and dual-vector systems. Includes post-lesson assessments with answers provided. NOTE: Requires Flash.
Multimedia lesson lets kids build an apparatus to create their own snow crystals. Simulations help them visualize the forces that interact at the molecular scale to create these wonders of nature.
PhET: Gas Laws Lesson Plan - Nov 30, 2012
This lesson plan is a companion to the simulation "Gas Properties" and includes a series of questions, graphs and tasks with student worksheets available.
A great activity for getting students excited about projectile motion and conservation of momentum. It features a mock murder scene involving a man shot with a handgun. Using the Problem-Based Learning method, students work cooperatively to solve the case by applying physics.