Lessons

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Fall 2018 Orientation Material


 Team Leader Presentation

Goal: Provide general information about the Fall 2018 Team Leader responsibilities.

Presentation – PowerPoint

 

Team Leader Manual

Goal: Provide supporting material for Team Leaders.

Manual – PDF

 

Fall 2018 Manuals


Lesson Abstracts

Goal: To provide information on all of the following lessons.

Abstracts – Word Document

 

5th Grade Manual

Goal: Provide information about the 5th Grade lessons for the Fall 2018 semester.

5th Grade Manual – PDF

 

6th Grade Manual

Goal: Provide information about the 6th Grade lessons for the Fall 2018 semester.

6th Grade Manual (Regular) – PDF

 

7th Grade Manual

Goal: Provide information about the 7th Grade lessons for the Fall 2018 semester

7th Grade Manual – PDF

 

8th Grade Manual

Goal: Provide information about the 8th Grade lessons for the Fall 2018 semester.

8th Grade Manual (Regular) – PDF

 

Lessons


 

Acids and Bases

Goal: To introduce students to acids, bases, and the pH scale.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – YouTube

 

Acids and Bases (Mini-lesson)

Goal: To introduce students to acids and bases.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – YouTube

 

Alternative Energy Sources

Goal: To help students understand solar, wind, and electrical energy as alternative sources of energy to help reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Lesson – Word Document

 

Beanie Baby Mystery

Goal: To introduce students to the use of microscopes.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Bed of Nails

Goal: To demonstrate the physics of pressure and the difference between pressure and force.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Blood Typing Game

Goal: To show students which blood types can be used in transfusions.

Lesson – Word Document

Bottle Rockets

Goal: To study Newton’s 3rd Law with bottle Rockets.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PDF

 

Bottled Water vs Filtered Water

Goal: To have students investigate the quality of their drinking water. To test water from home for pH, chlorine, hardness, copper and iron, and compare it to other sources of potable water.

Lesson – Word Document

 

Bubbles

Goal: To introduce students to the structure of bubbles.

 

Buoyancy (Submarine)

Goal: To explain the properties of density and buoyancy.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Cartesian Diver

Goal: To use a pipette bulb as a ‘submarine’ to explain the properties of density and buoyancy.

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson – Word Document

 

Catching Counterfeiters

Goal: To demonstrate how some scientific techniques re used in finding counterfeit money and fraudulent checks.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Cells (Shrinky Dink)

Goal:   To help students understand the structure and physiology of cells by making a “shrinky dink” cell.

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson – Word Document

 

Changes in States of Matter Using Dry Ice

Goal: To demonstrate changes of state to students using CO2. To illustrate that changes in state of matter are physical changes.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Chemical Energy Conversions

Goal: To help students understand the energy conversions from chemical to electrical, light, and thermal energy.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Chemistry in a Ziploc Bag (5th Grade Mini-Lesson)

Goal: To give a short hands-on activity in chemicstry that illustrates the importance of recording observations.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Chemistry in a Ziploc Bag (7th Grade Mini-Lesson)

Goal: To use the scientific method to explain observations made when calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, water and phenol red are mixed.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Chromatography

Goal: To use chromatography – a technique or process for separating mixtures that is used by biologists, chemists, clinical scientists, and forensics scientists (detectives).

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Chromatography (Mini-Lesson)

Goal: To provide an abbreviated (10 minute) version of the above lesson.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Chromatography of Food Colors

Goal: To learn how to separate color mixtures using chromatography.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Coffee Filter Chromatography

Goal: To demonstrate a technique or process for separating mixtures that is used by scientists.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Comets 

Goal: To teach students the importance of and composition of comets.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Conduction (Mini-lesson)

Goal: To introduce students to conduction in solid objects.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Conduction, Convection, and Radiation

Goal: To learn about and demonstrate the concepts of conduction, convection, and radiation.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint 

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Consumerism: Paper Towel Testing

Goal: To introduce students to the challenge of scientifically comparing products using objective, quantifiable information thus enabling them to make informed consumer decisions. This experiment also demonstrates the use of tests and variables (possibly as preparation for science fair projects).

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Convection Currents

Goal: To demonstrate the concept of heat convection through currents by observing motion in liquids and gases.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Crazy Traits

Goal:  To understand some basic principles of heredity by building creatures determined by flipping a coin for different traits.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Cryogenic Temperatures

Goal: To investigate the properties of substances at extremely cold temperatures (referred to as cryogenic temperatures) and illustrate that changes in phases of matter are physical changes.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint 

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Deep Ocean Currents and Air Convection Currents 

Goal: To teach students about deep ocean currents by allowing them to visualize and understand how and why the currents form. To introduce students to convection in liquids and gases.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Density of Liquids

Goal: To explore the concept of density.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Density Column (Identifying Plastics by Using a Density Column)

Goal: To explain the concepts governing the recycling of plastics, problems encountered in the recycling process due to the diffrent types of plastics used, and to gain an understanding of the differing properties of each type of plastic using density to illustrate the concept.

Lesson – Word Document

 

Diffusion Using Agar Blocks

Goal: To show students that diffusion is a fairly slow process and a cell that relies primarily on diffusion to transport essential molecules into and throughout its interior–and to carry wasted products out–could conceivably grow too large for this process to work efficiently.

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson – Word Document

 

Diffusion (with Dialysis Tubing)

Goal: To understand diffusion, the selective movement of molecules through membranes of different porosity.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

DNA

Goal: To understand the role DNA plays in our bodies and to extract and visualize DNA.

Lesson – Word Document

 

Dry Ice Activities and Cave Formation (Mini-lesson)

Goal: To use some reactions of carbon dioxide to learn about (1) the acidity of carbon dioxide solution and (2) how caves form.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Effect of Carbon Dioxide on the Environment

Goal: To investigate how the acidity of water changes after carbon dioxide is bubbled through it.

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson – Word Document

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Effervescent Launchers

Goal: To explain the concepts of angle of trajectory vs. distance and the horizontal/vertical components of projectile motion; also to apply basic graphing and data interpretation skills to the physics of projectile motion.

Lesson – Word Document (7-8th Grade Version)

Lesson – Word Document (4th Grade Version)

Training – PowerPoint

 

Electrical Circuits (Elementary)

Goal: To learn about series circuits and their properties through the use of Elenco Snap Circuit™ kits.

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

 

Electrical Circuits – Series & Parallel Circuits

Goal: To learn about series and parallel circuits and their properties through the use of Elenco Snap Circuit ™ kits.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

 

Electrical Conductivity (Elementary)

Goal:  To measure the conductivity of solids.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Electrical Conductivity

Goal:  To measure the conductivity of solids and solutions using an LED in a circuit.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Electricity – Resistors and Capacitors

Goal: To learn about the function of resistors and capacitors in electric circuits.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Electrolysis and Fuel Cells

Goal: To learn about the energy conversion from electrical energy to chemical energy through the electrolysis of water and to become familiar with fuel cells.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Electrolysis of Water (Mini-lesson)

Goal: To learn about the energy conversion from electrical energy to chemical energy in the electrolysis of water.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Electromagnetism

Goal: To introduce students to magnetism and to allow them to understand how a compass works.

Lesson – Word Document (4th grade version)

Training – PowerPoint(4th grade version)

Lesson – Word Document(8th grade version)

Training – PowerPoint(8th grade version)

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures

Goal: To help show the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures.

Lesson – Word Document

Endothermic and Exothermic Processes

Goal: To help students understand endothermic and exothermic processes by using the same chemicals that are in cold and hot packs.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Energy Conversions

Goal: To help students understand the energy conversions among chemical, electrical, and light energy.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Energy Conversions in Roller Coasters

Goal: To study energy conversions, the relationship of height to potential energy, and the resulting kinetic energy.

Lesson – Word Document

Epidemic, Tracing an – elementary

Goal: To demonstrate how a disease spreads and how the carrier is identified.

Lesson – Word Document

Epidemic, Tracing an – 7th grade mini-lesson

Goal: To demonstrate how an epidemic spreads and how the carrier is identified.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Evidence of Chemical Reactions

Goal: To show students evidence of a chemical change.

Lesson – Word Document (4th grade version)

Training – PowerPoint (4th grade version)

Lesson – Word Document (7th grade version)

Training – PowerPoint (7th grade version)

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Eye (The)

Goal: To learn the basic science of the eye.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Fluorescence

Goal: To study fluorescence, phosphorescence, and chemiluminescence through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Fluorescence (4th Grade)

Goal: To introduce students to the electromagnetic spectrum.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Food Chemistry

Goal: To investigate basic nutrients found in foods.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Fossils

Goal: To introduce students to the geological time scale, the fossil record and index fossils.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

Goal: To demonstrate phosphorescence using slime.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Gluey Putty (4th grade)

Goal: To introduce the concepts of polymers and cross-linkers and to investigate their properties.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Gluey Putty (8th grade)

Goal: To elaborate on concepts from the previous lesson; students make Gluey Putty by mixing solutions of 50% glue/water (white), 80% glue (blue), or 20% glue (green) and 4% borax.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Household Chemicals

Goal: To identify an unknown household chemical by comparing its physical and chemical properties to those of known household chemicals.

Lesson – Word Document

Igneous Rocks

Goal: To introduce students to the types of igneous rocks, how they form, and what minerals combine to form them.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Inclined Plane

Goal: To learn that simple machines can multiply the force put into them.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Inheritance and Blood Typing

Goal: To introduce the students to the study of genetics through an activity dealing with blood typing.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – Powerpoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Inheritance Patterns in Dragons

Goal: To understand recessive and dominant traits.

Lesson – Word

Inheritance Patterns in Humans

Goal: To introduce the students to the fundamentals of genetics and probability.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Inheritance Patterns in Reebops

Goal: To understand recessive and dominant traits.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Investigating Ionic, Covalent and Metallic Bonds

      Goal: To measure the conductivity of solids and solutions using an LED in a circuit.

       Lesson – Word Document

       Training – PowerPoint

Iron in Cereal

Goal: To learn the difference between elements, compounds, and mixtures by studying the different forms of iron. To explain why iron is useful in the diet, and to demonstrate how iron is used by the body.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Knex Engineering

Goal: To introduce students to processes in engineering and demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lactose Intolerance

Goal: To show students that the enzyme lactase breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose, which are easily digested by humans.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lenz’s Law

Goal: To explain how Lenz’s law works and the application of it in commonplace items.

Lesson – Word Document

Light

Goal: To demonstrate scattering, reflection of light, and diffraction.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Magic Sand (Elementary)

Goal: To learn about “water-loving” (hydrophilic) and “water-hating” (hydrophobic) substances by using sand  and coated sand (Magic Sand).

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Magic Sand (Mini Lesson)

Goal: To learn about “water-loving” (hydrophilic) and “water-hating” (hydrophobic) substances by using sand and coated sand (Magic Sand) in an abbreviated manner.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Magnetism (8th grade)

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Magnetism (Elementary)

Lesson – Word Document

Mineral Density

Goal: To show students that density is a unique property of a mineral.

Lesson – Word Document

Minerals

Goal: To introduce students to some of the tests that geologists use to determine the properties of minerals.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Minerals and Crystals

Goal: To develop an understanding of the four defining characteristics of minerals.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Minerals and Their Everyday Uses (Elementary)

Goal: To explore the everyday uses of minerals.

Lesson – Word Document

Mixing Colors

Goal: To illustrate the mixing of colors.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Nanotechnology and Magnetism

Goal: To introduce students to nanotechnology and new magnetic products.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Training – YouTube

Newton’s Second Law (Rubber Band)

Goal: To allow students to discover a relationship between the input force and the relationship (Newton’s Second Law of Motion.)

Newton’s Second Law vinse F 2013

Newton’s 2nd law 2015 complete

Newton’s Second Law (Kinex Cars)

Goal: To allow students to discover a relationship between the input force and the relationship (Newton’s Second Law of Motion.

Training – PowerPoint

Oh Deer!

Goal: To help students understand the importance of suitable habitat for animal populations and recognize factors that may affect wildlife populations in changing ecosystems.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Oil Spill

Goal: For students to find the quickest and most cost effective method of cleaning up an oil spill in an ocean-like environment.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Optical Illusions

Goal: To study different features of the eye using optical illusions.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Osmosis (Mini-lesson)

Goal: To demonstrate the concept of osmosis using large-scale models.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Oxidation of Iron

Goal: To have students observe rusting of iron and evidence of a chemical reaction.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Packing Peanuts (Mini-lesson)

Goal: To run tests on two different types of packing peanuts to determine which one is more environmentally friendly.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

pH

Goal: To introduce students to acids, bases and the pH scale.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Phosphorescence and Fluorescence  

Goal: To show students the difference between phosphorescence and fluorescence.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Phosphorescence and Fluorescence (Elementary)

Goal: To show students the difference between phosphorescence and fluorescence.

Lesson – Word Document

Pinhole Optics

Goal: To learn how a pinhole affects how we see things using a pinhole magnifier and pinhole camera.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Polymer Chemistry

Goal: To introduce the concepts of polymers and cross-linkers and to investigate their properties.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – YouTube

Potato Power

Goal: To learn about the energy conversion from chemical energy to electrical energy. To understand how a battery is made.

Lesson – Word Document

complete Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Potential Energy

Goal: To investigate mechanical energy and the interconversion of kinetic and potential energy; to show that gravitational potential energy is related to the height and mass of an object.

Lesson – Word Document

complete Training – PowerPoint

Power of Food

Goal: To learn about energy balance and the source of energy for human metabolism.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Powers of 10

Goal: To show students cubes whose volume increases by a power of ten. They are given a picture and told to draw a portion of it ten times larger.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Properties of CO2

Goal: To introduce students to various properties of CO2. To illustrate that changes in phases of matter are physical changes.

Lesson – Word Document (4th grade)

Training – PowerPoint (4th grade)

Lesson – Word Document (5th grade)

Training – PowerPoint (5th grade)

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Properties of Waves

Goal: To investigate properties of waves by studying reflection, diffraction, and refraction of light.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Pulleys

Goal: To understand how pulleys can be used to lift objects; to understand the mechanical advantage of different pulley systems.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Rainbows and Colors (Elementary)

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Rates of Chemical Reactions

Goal: To understand factors that affect the rates of chemical reactions – temperature, concentration of reacting substances in solutions, surface area (particle size) of solids in reactions with gases and liquids, and catalysts.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Rates of Chemical Reactions using Chalk

Goal: To understand factors that affect the rates of chemical reactions – temperature, concentration of reacting substances in solutions, surface area (particle size) of solids in reactions with gases and liquids, and catalysts.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Refraction and Absorption

Goal: To introduce the concepts of refraction and absorption.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Refraction using Water Gel Balls

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Rock Cycle (The Game)

Goal: To understand what factors cause rocks to break down and change.

Lesson – PDF

Training – PowerPoint

Rusting

Goal: To introduce students to common metals and investigate their oxidation. To investigate the rusting of iron.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Saltwater Density

Goal: To demonstrate the concept of density using saltwater, and to share some information about the salinity of oceans

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – YouTube

Science of Soda Pop Lesson

Goal: To demonstrate the concept of density using saltwater, and to share some information about the salinity of oceans

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Science of Magic

Goal: Abracadabra baby!

Lesson – Word Document

Solar Energy

Goal: To help students understand the potential of solar energy as an alternate energy source. 

Lesson – Word Document

Solar Energy and Fuel Cells

Goal:  To become familiar with the solar cell to be used in following investigations, and to gain experience in making scientific observation

Lesson – Word Document

Solar Energy Mats – PowerPoint

Solids, Liquids, and Gases and Lava Lamps

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Sound and Resonance

Goal: To introduce students to tuning forks, resonance, and the speed of sound.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Sound and Vibrations

Goal: To use hands-on activities to investigate the properties of sound as it moves through air and different types of solids.

Lesson – Word Document

Sound Waves (mini-lesson)

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Static Electricity

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Stratigraphy

Goal: To teach students the how to determine the relative ages of sedimentary rock layers. Students will create a geological column which includes fossils and an igneous layer.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Straw Rockets

Goal: To explain the concepts of angle of trajectory vs. distance and the horizontal/vertical components of projectile motion. To apply basic graphing and data interpretation skills to the physics of projectile motion.

Lesson – Word Document

Stream Pollution

Goal: To learn how pollution runoff can cause a fish kill by affecting the pH of different locations on a model river

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Sunscreen

Goal: To teach students how sunscreen and other materials block UV light.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Survivor

Goal: To explain how the environment helps determine what traits certain species possess.

Lesson – Word Document

Lesson – PowerPoint

Taste

Goal: To examine the sense of taste.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Thin Films and Nanotech

Training – PowerPoint

Types of Chemical Reactions

Goal: To introduce students to 3 types of chemical reactions.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Lesson Demonstration – Youtube

Ultraviolet Light

Goal: To study the properties of ultraviolet light (UV light). To use a UV light source to study fluorescence. To test the ability of various substances to absorb UV light.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Ultraviolet Light Mini Lesson

Goal: To test the ability of various substances to prevent UV light from damaging skin.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Universal Indicators

Goal: To help students understand natural indicators and pH.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

UV Light (Elementary)

Goal: To test the ability of various substances to prevent UV light from damaging skin.

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Vacuum Experiments

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint

Vitamin C Testing

Goal: To teach students how to determine the Vitamin C content in different substances.

Lesson – Word Document (5th grade)

Lesson – Word Document (7th grade)

Water Color Transport

Goal: To learn about the engineering process by learning how to transport any color or any combination of colors of water through a water distribution system.

Lesson – Word Document

Water Pollutants and Purification

Lesson – Word Document

Water Quality

Goal: To show different methods of testing the quality of water found in pools, spas, and faucets. The students will be testing for chlorine and pH.

Lesson – Word Document

Why is an Apple Red

Lesson – Word Document

Training – PowerPoint