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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?

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.

Teachers' Domain: Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? - Jan 2, 2013

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.

Problem Based Learning: Crime Scene Investigator: Montreal – Murder You Solve - Oct 15, 2012

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: Moving Man - Velocity vs. Time Graphs - Aug 29, 2012

An excellent lesson plan developed specifically to accompany the PhET simulation "The Moving Man". Helps beginners understand the meaning behind the graph.

Build a Hydro Generator - Aug 21, 2012

Great resource for compliance with the new NextGen Science Standards. Kids build a water-powered electric generator from plastic spoons.

Middle School Portal: Measurement Sliced and Diced - Aug 21, 2012

A standards-based collection of activities, t0o engage and support student learning about measurement. Helps to "bridge the gap of understanding" of measurement, estimation, scale and proportionality.

Illuminations: Least Squares Regression - Jun 7, 2012

Help students build skills to interpret y-intercept and slope of linear equations with this 9-day instructional unit (can be taught in smaller segments).

Engineering Design Challenges - Jun 7, 2012

Project based in scope, these lesson plans are based on topics found in the typical first year physics course. Students must work together to solve real world problems faced by NASA scientists and engineers.

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