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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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