Lesson Plan Central Archive - Page 5
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?
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.
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.
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).
The Science of Light: Colored Shadows - May 5, 2012
This site is part of a multimedia teachers' lab on properties of Users control the color of the light sources to see what happens when the primary RGB colors (red, green, blue) are mixed. The resource includes background information on color addition and subtractionlight, created by the Annenberg Media project.
TryEngineering: Build Your Own Robot Arm - Mar 30, 2012
Middle school students create a working robot arm from common household items, and in the process they learn about simple machines, force interaction, torque, stress, engineering design, and more.
Exploring the Nanoworld: Nanoville Activity - Mar 30, 2012
Project-based learning: students play decision-making roles for the town of Nanoville, as they investigate whether to pass a law requiring all new cars to be built with nanocomposites. They must investigate the properties of the new material, explore its costs/benefits, and present varying viewpoints about the implications to society. Module is completely turn-key, with student hand-outs, background info, and teacher's guide.
Engaging hands-on NASA developed activity on the visible spectrum for middle school physical science.