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Particles & Interactions: Build Your Unit - Jun 7, 2012

A collection of more than 100 exemplary resources to support your unit on modern physics, compiled by The Physics Front editors. You'll find lessons, assessments, simulations, animation-based tutorials, content support.....all organized by topic. Just drop it into your ComPADRE filing cabinet and share with colleagues!


Next Generation Science Standards Public Draft Released May 11, 2012 - May 10, 2012

This is the first public release of the NGSS. These draft standards contain connections between science, engineering, mathematics with connections and progressions in science learning K-12.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas - May 10, 2012

The Framework for K-12 Science Education is the structure on which the newly released draft of the Next Generation Science Standards are constructed (5/11/12).

International Science and Engineering Fair May 13-18, 2012 at the D. L. Lawrence Conference Center - May 10, 2012

The International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, where more than 1,500 students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million in prizes.

Phases of the Moon Model - May 3, 2012

Very effective model for exploring moon phases. Students interactively investigate how the relative position of the sun, earth, and moon produce the various phases. The model comes with a complete lesson plan, student guide, and homework problems.

Grades 9-12

Wave Energy: High School Physics Units - Mar 7, 2012

Want to go beyond the textbook and teach more about the nature and behavior of waves? See multimedia resources on mechanical waves, reflection/refraction, frequency/amplitude, interference, and the physics of sound.

Grades 6-8

Teaching Electricity in the Middle Grades - Feb 15, 2012

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.

High School

Light and Matter Interactions - Scaffolded Simulations - Feb 15, 2012

This is one of our favorite resources for helping students visualize the interactions of light with matter. They will view models, create virtual photon beams, and generate an absorption spectrum.

Teachers' Domain: Creating a Hypothesis-The Intelligent Robot - Nov 15, 2011

This simple activity addresses a number of national science standards in a fun and engaging way. Expect lively discussions about the implications of intelligent robots, which helps students realize that a valid hypothesis takes into account not only relevant facts, but also the future consequences of a proposed action.

Grades 5-8

Physical Science: Teaching About Energy - Nov 14, 2011

Understanding the Law of Conservation of Energy and energy transfer is easier if students can view models or simulations and create dynamic charts to view the processes in action. This is a set of editor-selected web resources to help teachers embed these resources into lessons.

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