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6th Grade Science Teacher Guide
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This resource accompanies our Rethink 6th Grade Science course. It includes ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning. 

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
AMBER GARVEY
Date Added:
10/12/2022
Absorb/Emit Lab
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Students use light bulbs shining on a shiny can vs a black can and a beaker of water vs a beaker of soil to compare heating and cooling rates.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
New York Science Teacher
Author:
Philsci
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Build a Solar Oven
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In this STEM lesson, students will participate in an engineering design challenge to design and build a solar box cooker, and test it out to see if it works well enough to make S'mores.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / Aerospace Education Service
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Carrying Charges
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In this activity students test a variety of liquids and solutions to see which conduct electricity. Note: This is designed for use in a science museum or education center and may need to be modified for classroom use.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Science Digital Library
Author:
Sciencenter
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Conductor or Insulator?
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In this investigation, students will work in pairs to predict, experiment, and obseve whether materials are insulators or conductors. They will complete a chart showing their results and journal about their observations, comparing them to their predictions.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Author:
Kris Hagemeyer
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Conductors and Insulators
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Students use a simple circuit to learn how conductors allow electricity to flow and how insulators do not allow electricity to flow.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Matters
Author:
Hortencia Garcia, Christina Mavaro, and Kathleen Tomscha
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Containers
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Assesses students' abilities to make and record measurements of temperature and probes their understanding of the concept of insulation. Hot water is poured into three containers (metal, ceramic, and plastic) and temperature is taken and recorded over a 10-minute interval to investigate the effect of different container materials on heat transfer and insulating capacity.

Provider:
Performance Assessment Links in Science
Author:
SRI International, Center for Technology in Learning
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Cool Hot Rod
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Students will observe how changes in temperature cause objects to expand or contract.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Cool Spacesuits
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In this STEM activity, students are enabled to demonstrate, test, and analyze materials utilized in spacesuits to keep astronauts cool in the harsh environment of space. They will demonstrate the water cooling technology used in the International Space Station (ISS) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). Students will also test and make an analysis of the relationship between reflection/absorption and color.

Subject:
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Date Added:
03/23/2017
Design, Build, and Test Hot Air Balloon
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In this STEM activity, students are provided with a variety of materials to build a hot air balloon. Teams of students will use their knowledge of density and heat transfer to design, construct, and test their balloon. The activity concludes with flight testing the balloons and then a review of the design features of all balloons for the most advantageous design features.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Author:
Jerald Soost
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Electric Gamebox Challenge
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In this design challenge activity, students invent a pinball-like game where a kick stick hits a ping pong ball into a target that buzzes. This detailed guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to introduce the challenge, brainstorm circuits, and set up the design process as well as related video clips. By learning how to build a game, learners experience a fun, hands-on way to get a taste for the design process.

Subject:
STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS
Date Added:
05/12/2017
Energy Forms and Changes - Conservation of Energy
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Sample Learning Goals
Predict how energy will flow when objects are heated or cooled, or for objects in contact that have different temperatures.
Describe the different types of energy and give examples from everyday life.
Describe how energy can change from one form of energy into another.
Explain conservation of energy in real-life systems.
Design a system with energy sources, changers, and users and describe how energy flows and changes one form of energy into another.
Tell the energy story for real-life systems.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Date Added:
10/01/2021
Energy Resources
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This blog is designed for North Carolina's K-12 teachers and students who are interested in the topic of energy and alternative energy (nuclear and renewables). This blog is maintained by Dana Haine, K-12 Science Education Manager for UNC-Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment, with funding provided by Progress Energy.

Subject:
Biology
Earth Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
UNC-Chapel Hill
Author:
Dana Haine
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Engineering Inspirations from Nature
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Students investigate how nature can inspire engineers. Students will use the engineering design process to design, build, and test a prototype of an underwater vehicle that can withstand both heat and cold.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Geographic
Author:
JASON Learning
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Faithfully Feeding Fish
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Using an Arduino microprocessor, students will build an automated fish food feeder so fish can be fed when no one is at school?

This project involves learning how to do simple wiring of an LED, a buzzer, and a servo (motor) to a simple-to-use Arduino microprocessor.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career Technical Education
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
Provider Set:
Content in Context SuperLessons
Date Added:
06/20/2016
Feel the Heat
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Students design and build a solar water heater and see how big a temperature change they can get.

Subject:
Science
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Author:
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Field Trip to the Moon
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In this lesson, students explore the Moon's habitability and sustainable resources with activities that culminate with plans for the design and creation of a lunar station.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Author:
Aerospace Education Service Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Fly Me High
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Learners will work in groups to design a water rocket that will be tested. They will be able to test two preliminary designs before deciding on the final one for the contest. Prior to launch, the rockets are put through a series of design tests. This is activity 7 of 7 in Dynamic Design: Launch and Propulsion.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
07/31/2019
Future Goals: Frozen Pucks - Student Lab Packet
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This supplemental material is to be used with students for the lesson "Frozen Pucks." In this lesson, students will examine the effect of temperature on a hockey puck's elasticity by measuring the rebound height of frozen, room temperature, and warm pucks.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
EverFi
Date Added:
07/26/2017