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Tour the Human Body
Can you place that organ? (Grades 3-12) 07/28/2010

The Lizard List
What does that lizard live? (Grades 3-8) 07/28/2010

What Eats What in the Ocean?
Explore the complexity of an ocean food web. (Grades K-12) 07/27/2010

Graph That Skyscraper
Explore the 100 tallest buildings in the world. (Grades 3-12) 07/27/2010

The Force of the Wind
How hard does the wind blow? (Grades K-8) 07/16/2010

Celebrating Our Differences
Explore the pain of discrimination and the beauty of diversity. (Grades 3-12) 07/15/2010

Insulation Information
Hands-on activity helps students find the best insulators. (Grades K-8) 07/14/2010

Picturing Weird Animals: A Lesson in Writing Good, Clear Descriptions
A strong, clearly written description is key when it comes to drawing the imaginary animals their classmates have created. (Grades 3-12) 07/09/2010

High and Low Temperatures (A Monthly Bulletin Board)
Plot daily high/low temps on this bulletin board. Follow-up activities included. (Grades K-12) 07/08/2010

Going Batty
Use maps to find the answers to questions about bat habitats. (Grades 3-12) 07/08/2010

Podcast Science
Scripts from episodes of the Earth & Sky radio program make podcasting easy. (Grades 3-8)

Comparing Temperatures: Summer Vs. Winter
Calculate the difference between average summer and winter temperatures for 15 locations around the world. (Grades 3-12) 06/25/2010

Make a Mummy: The Science of Mummification
Learn about mummification by making an apple (or chicken) mummy. (Grades 3-12) 10/17/2006

The Truth About Bats
This work sheet will help students learn the truth about bats. (Grades 3-6) 10/11/2006

Monarch Butterfly Migration Map
Create a map to illustrate the migration of monarch butterflies. (Grades 4-8) 09/29/2006

Where Am I?
Use latitude and longitude to identify volcano locations. (Grades 6-12) 07/19/2006

Germs Experiment 2
Use glitter to demonstrate how germs travel. (Grades K-5) 06/26/2006

Germs Experiment
Observe the growth of germs on three germ-covered potato slices. (Grades K-8) 05/31/2006

Vegetable Rock Garden
Grow vegetable sections without soil. (Grades K-5) 05/24/2006

Boomerang Fun
Learn about boomerangs, create them in different styles. (Grades 3-5) 05/17/2006

Be on the Lookout!
Create "Wanted" posters for destructive bugs. (Grades 3-8) 05/15/2006

"Two Diamond Baseball" Review Game
This "baseball" game can be used to reinforce skills in any subject. (Grades K-12) 05/04/2006

Rock My World
Hands-on activity demonstrates how continents, oceans formed. (Grades 6-8) 04/21/2006

Space Tourism Brochure
Create travel brochures to sell tourists on the concept of space travel. (Grades 6-12) 04/19/2006

Hoot, the Movie -- and Classroom Activities Too
Integrate these teaching activities provided by the movie's producers. (Grades 5-8) 04/06/2006

Overflowing the Banks
Hands-on activity teaches about how floods happen. (Grades 3-8) 04/05/2006

"101 Amazing Earth Facts" Game
Play this Jeopardy-like game on Earth Day, or anytime. (Grades 3-12) 03/31/2006

Anticipation Guides Improve Reading Comprehension
Use anticipation guides to help your students focus on the most important concepts in content-area reading assignments. (Grades K-12) 03/23/2006

Bug Me While I'm Eating!
Compare nutritional value of insects to that of your favorite foods. (Grades 3-12) 03/14/2006

Following Directions
This lesson proves that frequent practice can improve skills. (Grades 5-8) 02/22/2006

The Recycle Games
You've heard of the Olympic Games. How about the Recycle Games? (Grades K-12) 02/09/2006

How Do Clouds Form?
A hands-on experiment illustrates how clouds form. (Grades K-5) 11/17/2005

Leaf Weight-Loss Plan
Weigh a container of leaves daily; how quickly does it grow lighter? (Grades 3-8) 11/08/2005

Fingered Felons
Analyze fingerprint evidence to solve a classroom crime. (Grades 3-8) 10/31/2005

Run the Circulatory System Relay
Students participate in a circulatory-system relay race. (Grades 6-12) 10/25/2005

Tracking Fall's Falling Temperatures
Reinforce many skills by tracking falling temperatures this fall. (Grades 3-12) 09/16/2005

Build an Oxygen Plant
Understand the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12) 09/13/2005

The Recycle Games
You've heard of the Olympic Games. How about the Recycle Games? (Grades K-12) 07/07/2005

How Long Does Trash Last
In this cooperative activity, learn how long trash lasts. (Grades 3-8) 06/21/2005

Sunrise, Sunset: Quickly Go the Days
Why does Alaska have less daylight than your state has? (Grades 3-12) 06/08/2005

Arbor Day Across the United States -- A Color-Key Map Activity
Use a color key map to learn about planting times in the U.S. (Grades 3-8) 06/01/2005

Circulatory System Travel Brochures
Create travel brochures for a trip through the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12) 05/26/2005

The Top Ten Reasons for Going Into Space
Consider the validity of the "top ten reasons for going into space. (Grades 6-12) 05/09/2005

Crack the Code
Learn about fossil fuels as you solve cryptograms. (Grades 3-8) 05/05/2005

Cells are 3-D!
Students make 3-dimensional models of plant and animal cells. (Grades 6-12) 04/25/2005

There Are Algae in Your House!
You'll be amazed at the foods you eat that contain algae! (Grades 3-12) 04/21/2005

The Case of the Disappearing Frogs
Students work to solve "The Case of the Disappearing Frogs." (Grades 3-8) 04/15/2005

Overflowing the Banks
Hands-on activity teaches about how floods happen. (Grades 3-8) 04/11/2005

Junk Mail Overload!
Students track, graph the amount of junk mail their families receive. (Grades 3-12) 04/08/2005

How Much Water Do Plants Need?
Study effects of varying amounts of water on plants. (Grades K-8) 04/07/2005

Earth Day PSA
Students develop PSAs to draw attention to community environmental issues. (Grades 3-12) 03/31/2005

A Moth Is Not a Butterfly!
Students create a Venn diagram comparing moths and butterflies. (Grades K-5) 03/30/2005

Wind and Wings
Experiments help students understand the principles of flight. (Grades K-8) 03/28/2005

"Greenhouse" Sprouts Garden
Grow sprouts from seeds using soil in clear plastic bags. (Grades K-8) 03/25/2005

A Bernoulli Levitator
Suspend an object in the air by blowing down on it. (Grades 9-12) 03/08/2005

Earth from Space Maps
Use maps from space to create large local, U.S., or world maps. (Grades 3-12) 02/24/2005

Where Am I?
Use latitude and longitude to identify volcano locations. (Grades 6-12) 02/15/2005

Space Tourism Brochure
Create travel brochures to sell tourists on the concept of space travel. (Grades 6-12) 01/25/2005

Germs Experiment
Observe the growth of germs on three germ-covered potato slices. (Grades K-8) 01/18/2005

Creating Energy from Water
Learn about hydroelectricity, make a model water turbine. (Grades 3-8) 01/12/2005   

Bubble Blast
Bubbles inspire learning, fun -- and they clean desks too. (Grades K-8) 12/09/2004 

Popcorn Science
Five simple science experiments explain what makes popcorn pop. (Grades K-12) 12/02/2004

Smoking Danger Demonstration
Demonstrate the dangers of smoking. (Grades K-12) 11/09/2004

Boomerang Fun
Learn about boomerangs, create them in different styles. (Grades 3-5) 10/19/2004

Be On the Lookout
Create "Wanted" posters for destructive bugs. (Grades 3-5, 6-8) 10/11/2004

Growing Coral
Learn about coral reefs by growing coral. (Grades 3-8) 10/07/2004

Bug Me While I'm Eating!
Compare nutritional value of insects to that of your favorite foods. (Grades 3-12) 10/05/04

Nuts for Peanuts! -- Peanut Plants, Peanut Timeline, and Peanut-s-timation!
Peanuts spur activities across the curriculum and across the grades. (Grades K-5) 09/23/04

Vegetable Rock Garden
Grow vegetable sections without soil. (Grades K-5) 09/13/04

Create a Galactic Mobile
Students learn about the Milky Way and create a galactic mobile. (Grades 2-5) 09/08/04

The Human Body: A Life-Size Model on Paper
Create life-size diagram of the human body. (Grades K-12) 09/01/04

Germs Experiment 2
Use glitter to demonstrate how germs travel. (Grades K-5) 08/31/04

Rock My World
Hands-on activity demonstrates how continents, oceans formed. (Grades 6-8) 08/19/04

The Recycle Games
Youve heard of the Olympic Games. How about the Recycle Games? (Grades K-12) 08/09/04

Parachute Drop
Follow directions to create parachutes that safely carry paperclip passengers. (Grades K-4) 08/05/04

Cafeteria Compost
Use lunchroom food scraps and yard clippings to create a compost pile. (Grades K-12) 08/03/04



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