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Planet Lesson: Grade 5 Collection


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This lesson was written for 5th grade students. Students will recognize different characteristics about the planets, and describe why earth is habitable. It is important that students realize the vastness of space and the sun’s importance to sustaining not only human life, but it’s impact on our solar system. Standards include: Ohio Standards: Topic: Cycles and Patterns in the Solar System Content Statement: The solar system includes the sun and all celestial bodies that orbit the sun. Each planet in the solar system has unique characteristics. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1.A Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion. NGSS: Science and Engineering Practices -Developing and Using Models

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23_Explore M2M Radiation & Humans in Space.pdf PDF File
5th_Grade_Planet_Lesson.doc DOC File
A Framework for K-12 Science Education (pdf) Web Page
Actionable Feedback.pdf PDF File
Animal Diversity

This lesson exposes children to a wide range of animals and guides them through observation of animal similarities, differences, and environmental adaptations. This lesson can be used as part of a study of plants and animals and the interdependent relationships in ecosystems. Before doing the lesson, students should know the meanings of the terms plant, animal, and living. The lesson also shows th ...

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Architects of Seamount Ecosystems

"Architects of Seamount Ecosystems" is a three part lesson plan that introduces students to the fascinating world of the ecologically critical seamount ecosystems. Students participate in the construction of a Sierpinski Triangle to demonstrate the effect of the branching growth form of deep-sea corals. An award-winning video, "Beneath the Blue" introduces students to key con ...

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Are Our Homes Built for Severe Weather?

In this unit, students investigate five essential questions about severe weather: "What is severe weather? How does weather impact people's lives? How can technology be used to collect data about weather conditions? What can weather data tell us about the frequency of severe weather events? How can people modify their homes to reduce the impact of severe weather?" The printable &ldqu ...

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Brain-Based Mindfulness.pptx PPTX File
Build a Calf Lesson Web Page
Build a Watershed PBS

This 60 minute activity involves students building a physical model of a watershed and then making observations about how rain water travels over the land, eventually forming rivers and lakes. As an extension, the students take a bucket of water and make observations using actual earth materials.

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Can We Trust AI? Free Open Access Download on Project Muse

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License version of Can We Trust AI?

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Carbon TIME Plants Unit- Lesson 4: Explaining How Plants Make Food, Move, and Function

The Plants unit (approximately 16 hours of instructional time), part of the Carbon TIME curriculum, builds on student learning about organic and inorganic materials in the Systems and Scale unit as well as the processes learned in the Animals Unit, including how all systems exist at multiple scales and the transformation of materials and energy during chemical change. In the Plants Unit students l ...

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Cells in Context Curriculum Unit

Paper-based and multimedia activities that explore the inner-most workings of cells . Includes models for 5 mystery cell types that students work to identify.

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Changing Climate and Food Production Slide Deck Web Page
Chart 9-6 Hierarchies of matter & life 7-22-20.png

Poster: Hierarchies of matter and life.

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Chickenology Food Delivery Challenge Lesson Web Page
Chickenology Food Delivery Challenge Slide Deck Web Page
Coding data into themes.pdf

This is an example of how to code qualitative data

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Digital Accessibility in Science

Tips for creating digital materials in science that are accessible to all students.

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DNA and the Unity of Life Curriculum Unit

A free 6-week unit on genetics and evolution that incorporates a scaffolded argumentation practice throughout.

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Dumpster Dive With STEM Participant Folder Web Page
Earthquakes in the Classroom

Students investigate which building types are structured to withstand earthquake damage. They take on the role of engineers as they design their own earthquake resistant buildings, then test them in a simulated earthquake activity. Students also develop an appreciation for the job of engineers who need to know about earthquakes and their causes in order to design resistant buildings. This lesson i ...

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EF Supports for Inclusive Science Classrooms Presentation PDF Web Page
Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

This is a 5E laboratory lesson plan about endothermic and exothermic reactions. Teaching resources include activity sheets for assessment, answer sheets, a variety of video clips and animations to support the students' learning of the concepts, background information for the teacher, and a test bank.

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EPIC Bioscience - Data Interpretation Guide

Visual student guide to interpreting data patterns, with examples and non-examples.

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EPIC Bioscience - Specimen Measurement Guide

A visual guide to measuring specimens, with examples and non-examples.

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Exploring Genetics Through Genetic Disorders Curriculum Unit

Exploring Genetics Through Genetic Disorders is a three-week, NGSS-aligned genetics unit. Through paper-based and interactive multimedia lessons, the unit engages students in using models, analyzing skill-level appropriate data from published research, establishing cause and effect relationships, and constructing explanations. It includes DNA and protein-level information for over 25 disease-causing alleles.

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Genetics of Sesame Street Characters

The Sesame Street Characters are used to: 1. Create a gene map for a particular Sesame Street character. 2. Move the resulting chromosomes through the steps of meiosis to produce the possible gametes of that individual character. 3. Choose a spouse and diagram the genetic crosses that would produce two different children, by using Punnett Squares. 4. Draw family portraits based on the genotypes of ...

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Habitat to Habitat

In this lesson, students will build a plant and an animal habitat to learn that plants and animals have common needs. There is also a discussion of ecosystems. The link below leads to a main page where you can find the pdf for the activity, Habitat to Habitat.

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Heredity and Genetics (Investigative Phenomena)

This news story describes a phenomenon that illustrates how traits are randomly passed from generation to generation. A photo in the story shows two young women whose physical traits are so different from one another that most people would say they are not related. The photo shows seemingly unrelated ladies that are not just related, but are twins. The video linked below tells the story of these t ...

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How Do Hooved, Herding Herbivores Help the Soil? Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Upper Elementary Duration: 30-45 minutes Like: This lesson incorporates math into it.

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How Do Shadow Lengths Change Over Time? Lesson Plan
How do Siamese Cats Get Their Color?

This resource is an article from the January 2016 issue of The Science Teacher. The unit focuses on an essential question: How do Siamese cats develop their coloration? Students develop explanations by making connections among genes, proteins, and traits. The unit is designed to be implemented over six or seven instructional days. However, each activity can be used as a stand-alone instruction ...

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Indigenous Foods Curriculum Overview Web Page
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Insects That Work Together

This nonfiction book summarizes how some insects work together to increase their chances of survival. Details are provided on four types of insects: honeybees, hive wasps (hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps), termites, and ants. A short section on insect migration and building a hive model are also included.

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Investigating Photosynthesis

Students design and conduct simple experiments using elodea (aquatic plant sold in pet stores) and Bromthymol blue to determine whether plants consume or release carbon dioxide in the process of photosynthesis. Students will record their data which will be used to conclude whether carbon dioxide was consumed or released by the elodea. Through class discussion of student data, students will learn t ...

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Item List Connecting with Primary Sources in Science

A list of the primary sources we had laid out at the beginning of the workshop, with live URLs included.

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Items Connecting with Primary Sources in Science

PDFs of the primary sources we had laid out at the beginning of the workshop.

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Lori's Science Corner: Why Is Our Fruit Turning Brown? Web Page
Mesofauna samples Web Page
Mesofauna Student Lesson Web Page
Mesofauna Teacher Document Web Page
MRI - The Inner Workings Web Page
NASA Modeling_Radiation Damage Activity.pdf PDF File
Nourish the Future Energy Biofuels slide deck Web Page
Nourish the Future Fermentation Factories Student Lesson Web Page
Nourish the Future Fermentation Factories Teacher Document Web Page
Now You See it Now, Now You Don't ...Dissolving Matter

Students explore mixtures and solutions in this 5E lesson. Students add soil to water, stir it and repeat the procedure with salt, then compare the two. Students then collaborate to explain differences in changes between the mixtures, built on experiences in modeling from previous lessons. The resource includes examples of students work to support a teacher's implementation of this lesson.

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NSTA Conference Student Modeling Examples.pdf PDF File
NSTA Conference_ _Approachable and Practical Modeling in the Science Classroom_ Session .pdf PDF File
NSTA22-Rock Their Worlds_ Teaching Earth and Space Science Using Browser-Based Lessons and Simulations.pdf PDF File
NSTA23 - Activity2_WhichisFaster.pdf

Students perform a guided inquiry activity using two toy cars to answer the scientific question: What does it mean to be "faster"?

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NSTA23 - SSI_sTc Unit Planning Rubric_Guide.pdf

The multi-step pedagogy presented in this session is guided by the USTRIVE Unit Planning Rubric -- a framework developed for all STEM content areas.

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Ocean Bully

The lesson includes a 7 minute video to engage students in the concern that scientists have about how release of invasive Lionfish have created a shift in the oceanic ecosystems of the Caribbean and the Florida Coast. The lesson includes ideas for the teacher to use in order to engage the students in researching other species and arguing from evidence about the impact that an invasive species can ...

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Original Lesson on Engineering Better Flowers.pdf PDF File
Phenomena to Questions .pdf PDF File
Phenomena to Scenario Planning Form_04.2021.pdf PDF File
Photosynthesis with LEGO Bricks

This lesson is a collaboration between the Lego Group and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Edgerton Center. The LEGO bricks provide kinesthetic experiences for students to model the process of photosynthesis. The phenomenon of this lesson is to figure out how plants gain mass. The lesson first elicits students prior knowledge then helps students understand that the primary source of plan ...

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PLU-295-Gilbreth Leveraging Assets Part 1_Focus on Phenomenon - Google Docs.pdf PDF File
PLU-303-Gilbreth Leveraging Assets Part 1_Focus on Phenomenon - Google Docs.pdf PDF File
Presentation Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

This is a copy of the PPT slides that we used during our presentation.

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Protecting Our City With Levees

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina caused severe damage and suffering to the people who lived in New Orleans. The levees that surrounded the city did not hold the immense amount of ocean water that rose from the storm. In this activity, students will use the engineering design process to design and build their own model levees. Acting as engineers for their city, teams create sturdy barriers using limited ...

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Protein Structure

This computer simulation allows students to investigate the relationship between DNA sequences and protein structures. Additionally, this interactive activity allows students to make sense of the relationship between DNA structure and types of mutations. This lesson is designed to be done individually and the teacher has the ability to edit and assign the activity through the ITSI portal (https: ...

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R.A.C.E.S Writing Strategy.pdf PDF File
RACES Template.pdf PDF File
Red Bull Space Jump - PHENOMENON

This is a youtube video of the highlights of the Red Bull space jump, it is 1:21 minutes long. To initiate driving questions for a unit on forces, students might ask: Why did Felix have to wear a spacesuit for the jump? How long was Felix falling? Why did Felix use a balloon instead of an airplane? How large was the force of air resistance acting on Felix? Was the force acting on Felix constant th ...

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Resource Collection

This link will take you to a Google Doc full of all the resources used to develop this hands-on workshop.

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Simple Strategies for Connecting Students to Local Phenomena PPT

Session PPT

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STEMming with Harry Potter.pdf PDF File
Strategies for Differentiating Professional Learning Presentation - NSTA 2023

Presentation Slides

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Summary of Teach Skills, Not Facts Web Page
Teaching Critical Thinking skills to reluctant teenagers.pptx PPTX File
The Cell Building Game 2023.pdf

This is the presentation I'll be doing. Documents will be available at the presentation.

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Using Students Literally Labs

Obtain data while your students move their bodies. Use that data as evidence for CER.

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Weather Lab

Weather Lab is an online interactive tool, or app, that helps students visualize how North America’s weather is formed in the Spring. The app models the interactions between various air masses and ocean currents and describes probable weather outcomes. Students choose an ocean current and two air masses and the lab describes the characteristics of each. Students then predict the resulting we ...

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Weather Videos Collection Web Page
What is coding.docx

This is a word document that describes how to code qualitative data.

Where did the Plant Come From? Lesson Plan
Where Do 'New' Diseases Come From? Lesson Plan
Why Are There Fish In The Desert? Lesson Plan
Why can I see the moon in daytime? Lesson Plan
Why Does Some Food Disappear? Lesson Plan
Why Is Our Fruit Turning Brown? Lesson Plan
Yuba Water Curriculum Concept Flow.pdf PDF File
Yuba Water Project One-Pager.pdf PDF File