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 Jennifer Johnson 30 Points

As a new science teacher and one teaching in a private school, I do not have many of the supplies that other schools have. I was curious as to some labs or models that you have been using for Earth Science that would benefit my students. 

George Mehler George Mehler 1440 Points

Hello Jennifer,  Being without resources is definitely a challenge, but I may be able to help. I have been developing a YouTube Channel called FunScienceDemos. This has hundreds of free video demonstrations on every idea that young learners should know before high school. They adhere to NGSS standards and can easily be used in school or at home. Here is a link to a playlist of videos that are Earth/Space science based. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLat8Jejmdx1sa0MOWmvZ_f3Z-IeOZmtRv Best, Dr. George Mehler Ed.D, Temple University

Raneem Kilani Raneem Kilani 545 Points

Thank you George Mehler for the great YouTube channel. I checked some of the videos and subscribed to the channel. The videos tell teachers "do not panic, you do not need expensive materials in order to deliver the science concept effectively". I'm glad I read your post. Now I have a huge list of science lab activities, which requires materials that you can afford and available most of the time. 

Cris DeWolf Cris DeWolf 11965 Points

Check these out: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile/educindex/educindex.htm

Kate Zuelke Kate Zuelke 885 Points

Wonderful resource. I will have to save this for my future teaching. Thanks for sharing!

Kate Zuelke Kate Zuelke 885 Points

Hello there, I have seen an activity done using only flashlights, a white styrofoam ball, and a sckewer. This activity is used to help students learn the moon phase cycle. The teacher hold the flashlight towrds the group of students holding the stick with the styrofoam ball at the top; the moon. The students start to rotate with the 'moon' in front of them, and they will be able to see all the phases of the moon.

Cris DeWolf Cris DeWolf 11965 Points

One version of this activity can be found here:   http://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/education/moonphases-20100913.html Another source for great resources is NASA  Wavelength - http://nasawavelength.org

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