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Atmosphere Composition Model
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In this activity, students create a model using metric measuring tapes and atmosphere composition data. Students will investigate the major components of the atmosphere (nitrogen and oxygen) as well as the minor components which raise questions about global warming and greenhouse gases.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
05/23/2017
Balanced Budget Chemistry
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In this activity, students use coins to model molecules and demonstrate how mass in conserved in a chemical reaction.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
10/02/2017
Canned Heat
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In this activity, students use water, a soda can, and a straw to create a thermometer.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
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09/08/2017
Chemical Change - Pennies
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In this activity, students investigate and demonstrate chemical change by hollowing out the interior of a penny by dissolving the zinc inside with toilet bowl cleaner. This acitvity pairs well with the activity "Physical Change - Pennies."

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
10/02/2017
Colored Shadows
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Students will learn about human color perception by using colored lights to make additive color mixtures.

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Science
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cool Hot Rod
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Students will observe how changes in temperature cause objects to expand or contract.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Curie Point
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Students will demonstrate how heating iron to a high temperature can cause it to lose his ability to be magnetized.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cut-Fold-Staple
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Students will rotate a flat shape into the third dimension to demonstrate bilateral symmetry.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Downhill Race
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In this activity, students explore how two cylinders that look the same may roll down a hill at different rates.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
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Exploratorium
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05/11/2017
Ear Guitar
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Students will explore sound by creating a "telephone" out of two empty yogurt cups and string.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
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Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
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02/26/2019
Earth Atmosphere Composition
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In this activity, learners use rice grains to model the composition of the atmosphere of the Earth today and in 1880. Learners assemble the model while measuring percentages. This activity also introduces learners to greenhouse gases, infrared radiation, and global warming.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
05/12/2017
Earth Walk
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In this activity, students walk a path to help them visualize Earth's immense size and structure without the usual scale and ratio distortions.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
09/28/2017
Energy Can
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In this activity, students use an energy drink can to investigate and calculate potential and kinetic energy.

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Science
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Lesson Plan
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Exploratorium
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09/28/2017
Exploring Tessellations
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Students will repeat patterns in two and three dimensions to create tessellations. This activity combines the creativity of an art project with the challenge of solving a puzzle. This lesson features three investigations that are appropriate for varying grades and levels.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
FAULTLINE: Seismic Science at the Epicenter
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This website provides background information, data, historical records, hands-on activities, and graphics/media about earthquakes.

Subject:
Earth Science
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Demonstration
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson
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Reference Material
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Fast Rusting
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In this activity, students investigate if steel wool will weigh more or less if burned and examine the chemical reaction involved.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
10/02/2017
Film Canister Farming
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In this activity, students experiment with water, temperature, and light to see what makes a seed come out of its shell.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
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05/12/2017
Foiled By Density
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In this activity, students fold and crumple aluminum foil to investigate density and compare foil's density to water.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
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Exploratorium
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09/28/2017
Geometry Playground
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This activity reinforces students' understanding of shapes by creating string shapes. This activity can also be modified for grades 1 and 2.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Graph Dance
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In this activity, students interpret a graph by generating motion and speed that matches the graph. They will also create graphs that represent specific dance moves and motions.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
09/08/2017
Graphing Stratospheric Ozone
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Students will examine NASA images and images from the Neumayer Antarctic Station to graph and investigate atmospheric ozone.

Subject:
Earth Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Groovy Sounds
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In this activity, students make a record player out of simple materials and investigate how sound is produced from vibrations.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
09/08/2017
Gulping for Gravity
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In this activity, students use differently weighted cola cans to reflect the force of gravity on other planets (and the moon).

Subject:
Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
10/02/2017
Having a Gas With Cola
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In this activity, students measure the amount of carbon dioxide in a carbonated drink. They will work in teams of at least two to extract, collect, and measure gas (volume) from a can or bottle of cola. Students can also compare the volume of gas to the mass loss and determine the molarity of the CO2 in the cola.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
05/12/2017
Hot Sauce Hot Spots
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In this activity, students model hot spot island formation, orientation, and progression with condiments.

Subject:
Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
09/28/2017
Illuminations on Rates of Reactions
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In this activity, students investigate the speed of chemical reactions with light sticks. Reactions can be sped up or slowed down due to temperature changes.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
10/02/2017
Inverted Bottles
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In this activity, students investigate convection by using food coloring and water of different temperatures.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
09/08/2017
Making a Sun Clock
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Students will create a sun clock out of simple items in order to tell time by the movement of shadows throughout the day.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
M and M model of the Atom
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In this lesson, students use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and make a model of an atom (Bohr model). This helps with student understanding of the sub-atomic components of an atom as well as nuclear notation of the periodic table.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
06/21/2017
Match Rock
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In this activity, students will investigate rocks and then use their descriptive data to match with another student.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
09/28/2017
Mutant Fruit Flies
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This resource describes and illustrates the varieties of mutations that are commonly seen in Drosophila fruit flies.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Nuts and Bolts of Periodic Tables
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In this activity, students organize fasteners by their properties in order to better understand the basis of the arrangement of the periodic table of elements.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
10/02/2017