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    Our Dinopals With WordArt
    Marci McGowan, who teaches at H. W. Mountz Elementary School in Spring Lake, New Jersey, submitted this lesson in which students listen to a Jane Yolen story then create a dinopal of their own. Included: Easy tech integration activity for first graders. (Grades K-3)


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    Education World presents a variety of science resources that all teachers -- science teachers and teachers who get headaches thinking about teaching science -- can use to liven up science instruction. Find dozens of valuable science teaching ideas in our Science Subject Center.

    A Seashell Lesson: Writing for Detail and the Scientific Process
    Jayme Steighner, who teaches at Gregory Elementary School in Wilmington, North Carolina, submitted this lesson in which seashells are used to teach students about the importance of including detail in their (science) writing. (Grades 3-8)

    Puzzling Clue Vocabulary
    Elizabeth Eaton, who teaches at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida, submitted this lesson in which students "puzzle" over the connection between clues as they review or build vocabulary. (Grades 3-12)

    Cooperative Group Spelling Game
    Jane York, who teaches at Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun and active game that can be used to reinforce spelling or vocabulary words. (Grades 3-8)

    Take a Roller Coaster Ride
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, submitted this lesson in which students design a roller coaster. They will learn about different types of coasters as they design their own and test it for success. (Grades 3-12)

    Santa Claus and Newton's Three Laws of Motion
    Leigh O. Cody, who teaches at Needwood Middle School in Brunswick, Georgia, submitted this week's lesson in which students decide which of Newton's Three Laws of Motion applies to each of three Santa scenarios. (Grades 3-8)

    Summer Camp in the Classroom
    VaReane C. Heese, who teaches at Springfield (Nebraska) Elementary School, submitted this lesson, in which students team up to create summer camping adventures. (Grades 3-12)

    Hands-On Outlining
    Jessica Maroney, who teaches at Armstrong Elementary School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun hands-on activity to engage students as they learn about outlining. (Grades 3-8)

    Make Quiz Time a Fun Time
    Lisa Kwisnek, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson that provides a fun quiz game format you might use to culminate your next science, history, or literature unit.

    Puzzle Boxes for Any Subject
    Submitted by Pauline Finlay
    This lesson can be done daily or used as a special weekly lesson. Students love the anticipation of a Puzzle Box: It's an opportunity to challenge students and reward them for using critical-thinking skills. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    State History Quiz Show
    Submitted by Allen Mincher
    In this familiar game format, students are provided with answers and asked to supply the correct questions. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Clear the Cobwebs!
    Submitted by Pam Gregory
    This lesson provides a fun way for students to brush up on material after a weekend or before a test. (Grades K-12)

    Ecosystems Online
    Submitted by Dr. Pelham Mead
    In this multi-media lesson, students create a Web site about ecosystems. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Building a Better Boat
    Submitted by Sherrell Bailey
    Students build a boat that will float and hold as many pennies as possible, then discuss the process of building the boat and relate the experience to experiences they encounter in life. (Grades 6-8)

    Watch the Birdie
    Submitted by Mary Carter
    In this unit, designed as a six-week program for 5th/6th graders, students develop language arts skills while studying North American birds. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Women in Science
    Submitted by Sr. Maureen Fallon
    Women have encountered various obstacles in the fields of science through the years. This lesson features a study of various women (past and present) and the ways in which these women have overcome the obstacles presented to them because of their sex or ethnicity. (Grades 9-12)

    AGRICULTURE

    Go Nuts With Peanuts
    Gail Hennessey, who teaches at Harpursville Central School in Harpursville, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students learn about peanuts by exploring a variety of Web sites. (Grades 3-8)

    Seeds of Life
    Submitted by Debbie DeBartolo
    Teacher makes charts labeled with the names of various fruits and vegetables in each square. Students glue real seeds for those fruits and vegetables in the correct squares. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    "The Giving Tree Gives"
    Submitted by Theresa Santiago
    This lesson is a language arts activity that helps Pre-kindergarten to grade two children, special ed students, and bilingual (LEP) children learn about poetry and science. (Grades Pre-K, K-2)

    CHEMISTRY

    What Is in the Water?
    Susan Sanders, who teaches at Central Junior High School in Pollok, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students compare bottled water qualities to water found naturally in a pond habitat.

    Illustrated Safety Contract
    Submitted by Sister Maureen Fallon
    Students create illustrated contracts that spell out chemistry lab safety rules. (Grades 9-12)

    It's 'ELEMENT' ary
    Submitted by Nisa Peek
    Students use technology to study the periodic table of elements.
    (Grades 6-8)

    Balancing Equations Can Be Fun!
    Submitted by Sulan Dun
    Students use Chembalancer, an online game, to practice balancing equations. (Grades 9-12)

    An Intuitive Introduction to Density
    Submitted by Sulan Dun
    Students participate in hands on activities demonstrating the formula density=mass/volume. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Color It Recycled!
    Submitted by Theresa M. Santiago
    Students melt old crayon stubs and mold them into interesting shapes and characters. They can also add paper clips to create hanging ornaments! (Grades ECE, K-2, 3-5)

    HISTORY OF SCIENCE

    Women in Science
    Submitted by Sister Maureen Fallon
    Women have encountered various obstacles in the fields of science through the years. This lesson features a study of various women (past and present) and the ways in which these women have overcome the obstacles presented to them because of their sex or ethnicity. (Grades 9-12)

    LIFE SCIENCES

    Animal Diaries
    Mary Pat Mahoney, who teaches at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students write a diary from an animal's perspective. (Grades 3-12)

    Picture a Tarantula
    Leigh Lewis, who teaches at Wynne (Arkansas) Junior High School, submitted this week's lesson. Students draw a picture of a spider based on a detailed description. How close will their drawings come? (Grades 3-8)

    Amusing Animal Adaptations
    Jeana Carlson, who teaches at Navarro Elementary School in Bryan, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students write creatively as they use their knowledge of animal adaptations. (Grades K-5)

    What Is in the Water?
    Susan Sanders, who teaches at Central Junior High School in Pollok, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students compare bottled water qualities to water found naturally in a pond habitat.

    The Great Kapok Tree: Teaching About Conflict in Literature
    Karen Garcia, who teaches at Parkview Elementary School in Opa-locka, Florida, submitted this week's lesson, in which students use The Great Kapok Tree and a graphic organizer to illustrate the role of conflict in literature.

    Iditarod: The 1925 Serum Run from Anchorage to Nome
    Submitted by Patrick Nolden
    Patrick Nolden, a biology teacher at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, submitted this lesson in which students learn about the history of the Iditarod. (Grades 6-12)

    Finding an Earthquake's Epicenter
    Submitted by Tim Leister
    Students plot the epicenter of a recent earthquake. (Grades 9-12)

    Biome Discovery Expedition
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students design biomes for a zoo. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Community Cell
    Submitted by Kimberly Emanuel
    Students complete a hands-on activity to study the parts and functions of a cell. (Grades 6-8)

    Aquatic Safari
    Submitted by Kimberly Emanuel
    Students use an Internet Web site to locate the scientific information about various marine species. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Birds, Fractions and Percentages
    Submitted by Regina Marsters
    Students learn fractions and percentages in real-life applications. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    "The Giving Tree Gives"
    Submitted by Theresa Santiago
    This lesson is a language arts activity that helps Pre- Kindergarten to grade two children, Special Ed students, and Bilingual (LEP) children learn about poetry and science. (Grades Pre-K, K-2)

    Does The Type of Mulch Used Affect Plant Growth?
    Submitted by Nadine LaMonte
    Does the type of mulch used affect plant growth? Use cypress mulch, cedar mulch, and pine bark. The control group is the type of plant used. The variable group is the type of mulch used. The experiment lasts for at least seven days. (Grades 3-5)

    Journey through the Digestive System
    Submitted by Richard Lord
    Students work in cooperative groups to design a theme park based on the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, prepare a portfolio of the park's attractions, and construct an approximate scale model of it. (Grades 9-12)

    Creature Feature Poetry Keyword Search!
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    Students are asked to listen for facts as the teacher-librarian reads four pre-selected poems out loud. Students will create a poster listing at least three keywords about each creature featured in the poetry. (Grades 3-5)

    Left Brain vs. Right Brain -- Which Side are You On?
    Submitted by Glenn Day
    Are you left-brained or right-brained? Does it matter? Check out this lesson to find out! (Grades 9-12)

    Why Polar Bears Are White
    Submitted by Addie Gaines
    Students learn about camouflage as they study polar bears and their habitat. (Grades K-2)

    Bug - O
    Submitted by Sue Palkendo
    Students will learn about different kinds of bugs by constructing their own game sheet. After playing the Bug - O game, they will prepare "Bug" snacks. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Garbage Plants
    Submitted by Mimi Weitz
    How to use items that would normally be thrown out to enhance the ecology of the planet. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Santa Claus and Newton's Three Laws of Motion
    Leigh O. Cody, who teaches at Needwood Middle School in Brunswick, Georgia, submitted this week's lesson in which students decide which of Newton's Three Laws of Motion applies to each of three Santa scenarios. (Grades 3-8)

    Happy 100th Birthday, Airplane!
    Gail Hennessey, who teaches at Harpursville (New York) Central School, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a handful of ideas for celebrating the Wright brothers' historic flight. (Grades 3-8)

    PROCESS SKILLS

    A Seashell Lesson: Writing for Detail and the Scientific Process
    Jayme Steighner, who teaches at Gregory Elementary School in Wilmington, North Carolina, submitted this lesson in which seashells are used to teach students about the importance of including detail in their (science) writing. (Grades 3-8)

    What Is in the Water?
    Susan Sanders, who teaches at Central Junior High School in Pollok, Texas, submitted this lesson, in which students compare bottled water qualities to water found naturally in a pond habitat.

    A is for ....
    Submitted by Heather Puhl
    In this lesson, students will be able to understand the difference between making an observation and an inference. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    SPACE SCIENCE

    Space Travel Brochure
    Karen Hoskins, who teaches at Barksdale Elementary School in Clarksville, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson in which students create brochures that promote travel to other planets. (Grades 3-12)

    Tasty Constellations
    Submitted by Sandy Wiedmeyer
    Students research a constellation and create a model of it using marshmallows as stars. (Grades 3-5)

    Welcome to Our Galaxy!
    Submitted by Scott Noe
    Students learn about Earth's solar system and write a story or poem about life on Mercury or Pluto. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    A Model of Earth's Atmosphere
    Submitted by Kristin Mason
    Students make a model of the four layers of Earth's atmosphere that represents the characteristics of each layer. (Grades 6-8)

    Life on Mars
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students work in teams to investigate and debate the possibility of transforming Mars so that the planet can sustain life again. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Map the Constellations
    Submitted by Susan Smith
    Students learn about stars and constellations and make guides to help them locate stars and constellations in the night sky. (Grades 3-5)

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