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This is a lesson where learners explore how animals obtain and store energy, and draw conclusions about the interconnectedness of living things in the flow of energy. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes... (View More)

This is a lesson where learners review the basic requirements for human survival. Using an online, multimedia module, they change amounts of gases in our atmosphere and draw conclusions about the amount of each gas that is necessary for human... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson where learners are introduced to chemical change and the conservation of matter during different types of chemical changes. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes,... (View More)

In this lesson, students use an online, multimedia module to simulate the techniques that scientists might use to find a planet that has the atmospheric conditions required for human habitability. Learners will learn about NASA research and careers... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson where learners explore the benefits of an inert gas (nitrogen) to life. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes, prerequisite concepts, common misconceptions, student journal... (View More)

In this lesson, students are introduced to atoms, molecules, and elements. Learners will build constructions out of different types of building materials as a metaphor for atoms and molecules. They interpret different symbolic representations for... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson where learners engage in a radiating heat activity and an activity that measures temperature in models with and without greenhouse gases. Learners will draw conclusions about the effect of greenhouse gases on temperature and on... (View More)

In this lesson learners will explore the properties that allow objects and liquids to float and use this information to infer the composition of the Earth's layers. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes... (View More)

In this lesson learners explore the process of photosynthesis and draw conclusions about the important role producers play in the flow of energy. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes,... (View More)

Learners will build a biosphere that is a balanced, self-enclosed living system able to run efficiently over a long period of time. This activity is in Unit 3 of the Exploring the Moon teachers guide, which is designed for use especially, but not... (View More)

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