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This site, from the Miami Museum of Science, provides an overview of the basic scientific concepts behind a hurricane. A collection of projects allows students to build their own weather station. These include making a psychrometer to measure air humidity, wind spirals, chimes, a wind scale tool to measure wind speed, a wind scale streamer to measure wind direction, and a barometer and air pressure ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards
 
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This lesson is based on the concepts of frequency and wavelength, how they relate to each other, and how they correlate with the colors of the visible spectrum. The students will examine these concepts through a hands-on lab that involves measuring and timing wavelengths by pulling adding machine tape through a simple, student-made apparatus. This lab is followed up with critical thinking and performance ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This lesson helps students broaden their understanding of the Sun, particularly its critical role in warming the land, air, and water around us. This will involve drawing their attention to the basics of the heat around them and how the Sun is the primary source of that warmth. They will then perform a number of indoor and outdoor activities that will help to begin their identification of the Sun ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology, Physics, Space science
 
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In this lesson, students will experimentally measure the strength of a magnet and graph how the strength changes as the distance from the magnet increases, and as the barrier (masking tape) is built between the magnet and an iron object. This lesson is the second in a two-lesson series on magnets. The main concept to convey in Magnets 2: How Strong is Your Magnet? is that forces can act from a distance. ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics
 
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This experiment demonstrates that energy from the Sun can be collected and stored in a variety of ways. Using plastic bottles painted black and white and capped with balloons, students will see that the black bottle becomes warmer, heating the air inside it and blowing up the balloon. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Physics
 
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In this lesson, students will learn that there are limits to what the eye can see and that a magnifying glass can help extend those limits. Students may have been exposed to optical technology such as glasses, magnifying lenses, or even periscopes, microscopes, and telescopes. This lesson aims to channel the inventive energy of students to increase their awareness and purposeful use of tools. They ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Technology
 
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In this lesson, students will explore what happens to the amount of different substances as they change from solid to liquid and vice versa. This lesson is the third in a three-part series that addresses a concept that is central to the understanding of the water cycle: that water is able to take many forms but is still water. Students will investigate how melting and freezing impact three everyday ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Cryology, Hydrology, Physics
 
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This lesson provides students with an understanding that certain materials are attracted to magnets while others are not. It is the first in a two-lesson series on magnets. In Magnets 1: Magnetic Pick-ups, students will look at various objects, make predictions about whether they are magnetic, and then test their predictions. This exploration is an introductory activity to magnets and magnetism. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics
 
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This question-and-answer feature introduces younger students to some basic fact about our sun. Taking the form of a ficticious interview, it briefly describes the sun's age, size, what happens when stars die, and what sunspots are. It also points out that stars are round, not pointed, as in pictures. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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This lesson allows students to compare and contrast three NASA satellites: The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE), The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The lesson includes access to data and images from these three NASA astronomy satellites, contrasting the way the sky appears in three very different electromagnetic wavelengths or colors of light. Other satellite ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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