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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.
TryEngineering: Interactive Gumball Machine - Dec 26, 2012
Kids explore kinetic and potential energy as they work on engineering design teams to build the best gumball slide. For grades 7-9.
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.
TeachEngineering: Using Spectral Data to Explore Saturn - Nov 18, 2012
Using authentic data from the Cassini mission, students compare the chemical composition of Earth, Saturn, and Titan. Package includes lesson, worksheet with answer key, Power Point warm-up, and Flash interactive activity.
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.
PhET Teacher Activities: Air Resistance Lesson - Oct 15, 2012
An excellent two-day lesson for middle school, designed to accompany the PhET simulation Projectile Motion. It was crafted by educators to provide robust support to both teachers and learners on projectile motion with and without air resistance. You will find scripted teacher discussion, explanations of fluid properties of air, and modifiable worksheets.