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Fun and meaningful lessons, and best of all FREE! Not yet on video like the 128 Member Lessons, but still great lessons.

 

Earth Science

*Earth’s Driven Plates-Use at the beginning of your unit on plate tectonics, and this will pay dividends for a long time.

The Dynamic Earth– articles about gems,minerals, rocks, mining, earth movements, volcanoes, and more

Stellarium– an excellent planetarium for your computer (and it’s free)

Astronomy Picture Of The Day– the natural beauty of our universe combines well with our natural curiosity of it

Keeping An Eye On Space Rocks– Overview of asteroids, comets, and meteors, with special attention to the impact hazard to Earth.

Solar System to Scale– where I go when I make one of these

SkyMaps– a free 2-page monthly guide to the night sky

Virtual Water– helps us realize how much water is needed to produce different goods and services

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Physical Science

*Potential Kinetic Mechanical– use this graphic organizer to end any confusion about those 3 terms.

Matter Flowchart-Studying matter and all its cousins -substances, mixtures, solutions, suspensions?  They’re all here in this insanely over-done puzzle.  …that’s what makes it so irresistible.

Chembalancer– takes the confusion out of balancing chemical equations

David’s Whizzy Periodic Table– saves you lots of wasted time trying to describe what atoms look like

Alien Periodic Table– good review of the periodic table;  here’s the answer key for it

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 Life Science

Exactly How Many?-Give groups of students a container of rice and tell them they have 20 minutes to tell you exactly how many grains they have. Flexible enough you can use on many occasions, but I used this to help my students understand why we can’t say for sure how many cells we have.

*Cells, Molecules, and Atoms-Most student are fairly certain of what the order of these should be sizewise, but this reassures them and shows how they connect with each other.

DNAi– an excellent resource for DNA information for you and your students

Good Buddies– interactive game your students play  to learn the 3 types of symbiosis; original game link is here on p. 15

Lynx Eats the Hare– students explore the interaction between predators and prey; specifically growth populations

Butterfly Genetics– students create unique butterflies, then watch as some genes pass on to offspring while others don’t

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General Science

The Happy Scientist– one of my top go-to sites for demonstrations and ideas on just about any topic

PhET– a wealth of interactive simulations that my students have benefitted greatly from

Science Matters– tons of simple demos that actually work; sign up to receive updates by email (I do)

TED– talks from notables like Phil Plait, Eva VertesPaul Wolpe, Phil Hansen, and others

Microscope Activities– a few simple microscope ideas to introduce your students to ‘scopes and the micro-world we rarely see

Other sites- Science Spot, Mrs. Clark’s Site, Teachers Pay Teachers

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*These are Graphic Organizers, where students begin with a blank sheet of paper, then after some folding, cutting, coloring, drawing, and writing, end up with a nice summary of the content.  Best way to present is to be making one along with students so they see you modeling it; reduces questions/mistakes to almost zero.

Question?  Comment?  Broken link to report? I’m listening .   (I’d love to hear how the lesson went!)

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