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Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Students - Nov 9, 2013

This resource traces the beginning steps in science inquiry: high initial engagement, full participation in a real-world activity, and creative design.

PhET Teacher Activities-Middle School: Build An Atom - Oct 17, 2013

Exemplary turn-key, scripted lesson plan that blends hands-on activities with the PhET simulation "Build An Atom". Excellent way to help kids visualize atomic structure.

Teachers' Domain: Galileo: A Different Thinker - Sep 5, 2013

Galileo's classic experiments on gravity and inertia are presented in an entertaining multimedia format.

Science NetLinks: Sensing Energy - Sep 4, 2013

Kids use UV detection beads to explore unseen energy from the sun.  Great fun -- appropriate for upper elementary.

EERE Energy Education: Comparing Light Bulbs - Apr 3, 2013

Kids investigate which type of lightbulb is most fuel-efficient:  the incandescent bulb or the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).

CIESE Real Time Data Projects: Tsunami Surge - Mar 6, 2013

Cross disciplinary resource blends physics, earth science, and global history to get students excited about the science of tsunamis. Use real-time data to see how various global agencies monitor for tsunami activity, then develop your own "preparedness plan".

Making Oatmeal Box Pinhole Cameras - Mar 6, 2013

Pinhole cameras are a great way to help kids understand how a beam of light projects from a point source to a particular spot. This lesson gives step-by-step illustrated directions for construction and use.

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!

Illuminations: Learning About Properties of Vectors and Vector Sums Using Dynamic Software - Feb 5, 2013

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.

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.

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