Dye in Water

Developing a Model of Thermal Energy, Atoms, and Molecules

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
Students will develop a model through collaborative inquiry to explain thermal kinetic energy and predict the outcome when heat is added to a substance. Students will build argumentation from evidence skills through collaborative sense-making and gallery walk presentations. Students will develop a model of atomic and molecular structures.  
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Solar Ovens: Frontload Vocab. And Preview Standards

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will preview vocabulary and standards in order to better comprehend future lessons.
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Debbie Abel
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min

Solar Cars Science Investigation

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will design an investigation to test solar vehicles. They will determine which particular materials they will use in the testing of their chosen format. Students will allow for redesign to take place by determining variables that can be manipulated in a measurable format. Students will determine data that will be useful to collect in the testing of their vehicle design.
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Lesson Number:
2
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min

Gears vs. Pulleys on Solar Cars

Grades:
4-6
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Learning Goal(s):
Students will design an investigation to test differences between solar vehicles. They will make claims based on backing evidence, without having directly tested their vehicles before this point. They will use background knowledge regarding pulleys and gears in order to begin the design process. Students will determine which specific design they will be moving forward with for the next lesson.
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Lesson Number:
1
Pedagogy & Practice:
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
 Foil Barge

What is Force?

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will identify the Laws of Motion and learn about the forces acting on the system. There are multiple forces acting on a boat, some of these forces include, acceleration, friction, gravity and thrust.
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Lesson Number:
3
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Energy Transformations

What is Energy Transfer?

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will obtain the foundational knowledge of energy sources and forms of energy. In addition, students will learn that energy can transfer from one form to another. Students will be able to match images of energy transformations to their respected vocabulary.
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Energy Transformations

What is Energy?

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will obtain the foundational knowledge of energy sources and forms of energy. In addition, students will learn that energy can transfer from one form to another. Students will build the understanding that there are different types of energy and many can not be directly observed.
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Lesson Number:
1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Simple Solar Water Heater

Making the Standard Solar Heater

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
In this activity students will learn that sunlight energy can be transformed into other forms of energy and that the amount of sunlight energy captured by an object can be quantified and measured.
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Sources of Energy

Energy Review: Practical and Technical Perspectives—What is Energy?

Grades:
4-8
Learning Goal(s):
To access prior knowledge about different forms of energy
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NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
Author:
Erin Sturtz
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min